As a person who is from India and living in the US, we are obviously unfamiliar with American culture. But if you have kids who are going to school here, a celebration like Halloween is hard to avoid. So it was only a matter of time for us when we started celebrating Halloween once my daughter Pakhi turned two and started going to school. Halloween is one of the highlights of the fall season in the USA.
Halloween is the time for candies, costumes, spooky stories and cartoons. Last year Pakhi was very excited for Halloween but I was worried about her costume. We looked all around our neighborhood stores for a good costume but couldn’t find anything that she loved as she wanted to dress up like Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. After searching a lot of stores, we finally gave up and came up with the idea of making a costume at home.
I tried making a costume like Elsa and although it was not perfect, she was so happy when she saw what I made for her. On the eve of Halloween, we went to the costume party to the nearby mall. She was looking really cute and was very happy with that costume. She collected a lot of candies and danced a lot, especially on the song from the movie Frozen – “Let it go”. That was the perfect Halloween for her – a kid cannot ask for anything more than that.
This year, as she turned four, she started watching a lot of Superhero cartoons. I was pretty sure that she was going to choose a Superhero costume this year. As we started looking for costumes, we noticed that there are stores that open up just for Halloween. These stores have all kinds of costumes including Superheroes, fairies, princesses, ghosts and what not. But they were a bit too expensive given their poor quality.
I won’t be able to forget an incident about one store that we went. At the entrance of the store, there were costumes of skeletons and ghosts. As soon as she saw these spooky costumes she closed her eyes, jump into her dad’s lap and started screaming. We decided not to buy anything from the store after all the drama she did. After a lot of looking around, she finally settled upon a Bat Girl costume from Costco.
Unlike last year, we decided to celebrate Halloween in our community this year. Pakhi had already made a lot of friends within the community and on the eve of Halloween, she went out with her friends. She enjoyed a lot and collected lots of candies with her friends. One can gauge how happy she was from the picture below.
Let’s see what she’s gonna be next Halloween. Hopefully, an adventure for us and candies for her.