Being a North American parent comes with a few requirements, like the ability to make PB&J sandwiches (yet comply with “peanut-free” areas when necessary) or the skills to plan ahead for major holidays. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t know Halloween was coming up—for the past few weeks, I’ve been walking past plastic limbs in backyards and skeletons hung in trees. Yes, people take Halloween seriously here.
But I was sick all week and I didn’t have the time to find a costume for Mark. And trust me, finding a costume for a toddler isn’t as easy as it seems. The made-in-China one-size-fits-all kind can be pricey, and many costumes are for older kids and can be very scary or gory. Besides, this is Canada, and we already need a winter jacket to wear over the costumes anyway.
I decided to use last year’s pirate hat, and we found a few props at Dollarama.
I’m not sure what Mark understands about Halloween and trick-or-treating, but I sold it to him as “we go ring at doors, ask for a candy, say thank you and repeat”. He seemed fine with that and had a lot of fun.
A few houses in my mother-in-law’s neighbourhood (where we spent the evening) had extremely elaborated decorations complete with smoke, sounds and props, and Mark was a bit scared, which I found was a healthy reaction. He still went and asked for candies, though!