Perhaps the greatest Halloween gift anyone can give a 40-year-old dad like myself is a porch full of trick-or-treaters wearing costumes that I feel a connection to.
That’s not to say that I don’t respect and admire the My Little Ponies and the DJ Lance Rocks and the Justin Biebers when they show up looking for their mini-Three Musketeers (I keep all of the Snickers and Hershey bars for myself), because I most certainly do.
They are always welcome over at our joint and quite frankly, I like trying to guess who the hell they are supposed to be, even when I have no clue.
“Are you Tom Wopat from the original Dukes of Hazzard, but out of his Duke Boy clothes and wearing his warm fall pajamas instead?” I’ll ask a six year-old kid who just wants to take his bit of candy and bolt. “That’s brilliant if that’s what you’re going for here, son!”
“Nooooo,” he’ll sigh back at the old man with wine breath. “I’m Iron Man.”
“Oh,” I’ll mumble.
“You suck,” he’ll say.
And he’s right, of course.
But it’s not my fault!
I’m older now!
I never dressed up as Iron Man and neither did my friends back in the day, and yes: I try and use that as an excuse, but it’s lame and I know it. It’s just that, well, I’m behind the times now; a slightly uncool expanding man with nary a pop cultured foot to stand on.
The list of the Top 10 kid’s Halloween costumes from The National Retail Federation’s 2012 Top Halloween Costumes survey is out and SURPRISE! Lots of the old standbys are hot hot hot once again!
Can you believe it?! Costumes that even I wore back in the late ’70s are leading the charge for Halloween kids of the modern era.
Call me crazy, but I swear I’m feeling younger just thinking about it.
Fact is, this Halloween I might just answer the banging on our front door to find a bunch of long lost friends standing there waiting for me.
And from where I’m standing, that’s something to look forward to.
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