My youngest son is 7 years old, and he has spent half of his Halloweens at the Disneyland Resort — the percentage shifts for the 10-year-old, but half sounds better so we go with that as a family.
It started with a silly, ol’ bear and a little boy that wanted to be a frog. The costumes were perfect, as everyone knows that Disneyland is where Pooh Bears like to go when they aren’t roaming around the Hundred Acre Wood on this adventure or that; however, it seemed a risky choice for a frog with no intentions of being kissed to enter the world of so many princesses, but he was brave and the lure of magic and candy was too great to ignore. So it started, and we called it a tradition.
Actually, we called it Honeaween, because we are super clever. Get it? Because our last name starts with an “H” and so does “Halloween” and … never mind.
The point is, that was the first year that we combined Disney and Halloween, and we liked it.
By the time we went again the boys had morphed into vampires — well, the oldest was a vampire, the youngest was still a little bat, but he was on his way. Suddenly Halloween was scary.
But not really.
After that we moved to Seattle for a few years and while our Halloweens were tons of fun they were not the stuff of Disney. We missed it.
The first thing we did upon our boomerang return to Los Angeles was plan for more Disneyland trick-or-treating. It turns out that that was the fall the boys both made captain, and they didn’t have to go deep into the Disney costume shop to represent their rank. We wound up with Captain America and Captain Jack Sparrow (Zombie edition), respectively, and my wife and I were enlisted accordingly.
Somewhere between one October to the next the boys finished their Jedi training at the Disneyland Jedi Academy, and they had the lightsabers to prove it.
The dark side didn’t stand a chance.
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