It’s tough for me to believe that this will be my daughter Violet’s 4th Halloween this year.
It seems like ten minutes ago my wife and I were dressing her up in the jack-o-lantern costume we had picked up for her at Walmart and taking her out on the front lawn to lay her down in the bright autumn leaves for a photo shoot!
I remember vividly the two of us oohing and ahhhing as we kept being blown away by how cute she was, how adorable she acted as she simply rolled back and forth the best she could, crunching around in her very first Halloween costume ever.
Then, in the blink of a witch’s eye, I was following my little girl down the city street in her cow costume, her new found walking skill carrying her away from me with a fearlessness that was both alarming and charming at the same time. She was my little Halloween cow, running loose through the big town.
Last year came on swiftly, too, I tell ya. Violet was finally of the age to really start to appreciate that Halloween was a time when she was going to have a blast dressing up in outfits and eating candy and coming downstairs in the morning to find our whole house decorated with big fuzzy spiders and cobwebs and pumpkins. We caved out our jack-o-lanterns on the kitchen floor and she absolutely loved it, making sure to see that her baby brother, Henry, got a good glimpse of his sister’s artistic talents.
Now, Halloween is here again and I have a little Scooby Doo in my midst. She is so excited for the big night, to dress as her favorite TV dog and holler out ‘Trick-or-Treat’ at front doors long before the residents have had a chance to open them yet.
So, in honor of my baby girl’s love affair with Halloween, I though I’d string together some of the memories she has already brought us. I’m hoping that they will remind you a lot of your little ones, and how awesome it is to see them and be with them at this time of year.
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