Her first year of Halloween, all we did was dress her up and take pictures. I was pregnant with Gabe and didn’t want to go trick-or-treating. I didn’t need any candy either!
The next year, my little giraffe and I went to grandparents’ houses and that was it. No real trick-or-treating again that year.
We tried this year but my little Devil just couldn’t handle it. We only made it 3 houses before we turned around and went home.
My little 50’s girl tried to make it around the block with her walker, but it just didn’t happen. She would start crying when we would get to someone’s house she knew and then we didn’t stay. Back home we went.
Not much changed the year she was an angel. Crying, screaming and back home really quickly.
I remember being so sad the year she was Tinkerbell. She looked so beautiful and she loved her costume. I thought for sure this would be the year she would finally trick-or-treat. No such luck. We both ended up home and in tears after 3 or 4 houses. I began to wonder if we should just skip Halloween altogether.
And then something clicked when she was Princess Leia. She loved it. She made it all the way down the block. She said “trick or treat!” and “thank you” and laughed and smiled and enjoyed it. I was over the moon.
The next years were even better. More houses, more walking, no tears.
This year she had come home from school early because she wasn’t feeling well. I thought for sure we’d just take a few pictures in her costume and then she’d want her jammies and bed. I asked her “Do you want to go trick or treating, or do you want to stay home?”
“I want to go trick-or-treating!”
So we did. She was amazing. My little Barry Bee (from Bee Movie? It’s one of her favorites.) not only went trick-or-treating but she did it all by herself. I stayed on the sidewalk. She walked up to each house by herself, said “trick-or-treat” and “thank you” and walked back to me. We then continued on to the next house. And the next. And the next. She blew me away. She was just like any other 10-year-old girl on Halloween. Amazing.