And I feel really disappointed in Halloween this year, mostly in myself. We didn't go out into the world this year, not even for 10 minutes. We stayed home.
Now, when I say "stayed home" I mean we went to the fabulous party our big kid-filled apartment building throws in the lobby every year.
|Halloween Party, 2010|
And we did step outside.
We stood right in front of our building for two minutes so I could take pictures. But Ethan was, shall we say, less than thrilled as he was anxious to get back inside; champing at the bit to get the trick-or-treating candy acquisition process started.
|Ethan as Electabuzz (Pokemon) and Jake as Ironman|
|Talk to the Iron Hand|
If you want to get a sense of how fabulous Halloween on the Upper West Side in NYC can be? Read my friend Sandra's post about it here. She and her family did it up righteous proper this year, her first in New York City.
In past years we have always joined in the Halloween party at Riverside Park's Hippo Playground. It begins with a procession down the hill from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument into the park, lead by bagpipes. Then inside the playground there is more bagpiping and free donuts and cider.
|Ethan the White Rhino Power Ranger and bagpiper, Halloween 2008|
|Jacob the Red Power Ranger comparing notes with fellow super heroes, Halloween, 2008|
We had planned to go out and about in the city as a family; trick-or-treat on Broadway, visit some or those fabulous, famous, blocked-off Halloween Block Party blocks, maybe meet up with some friends. But my husband wasn't feeling well, and is not a crowd person on his best days. And I just couldn't face managing an over-excited Jacob and the Ethan/Jacob dynamic in a crazy crowded scene alone. Other times I might have been game, but this year, right now? I am just managing to stay afloat on ordinary days, so no, I took a pass on that one.
Also? Ethan's home made costume was MUCH more time consuming to make than I had counted on, and I was still finishing and finishing, and finishing, and finishing until rather late in the day (and I never did get to the last finishing touch, sewing the little round antenna things on). But he was very pleased with the results, so I think it was well worth the effort.
|Jake loved this tree|
|My little carrot and pea-pod, First Halloween, 2002|
|Candy-mouthed Electabuzz Ethan in conversation with a butterfly, Halloween 2010|
There is food: pizza and yummy sweets, ghoulish goodies aplenty
|gives new meaning to the term "finger food"|
|Vampire elevator operator, Halloween 2008|
|E & J hanging out in the haunted elevator with friends, Halloween 2006|
So I kept thinking: "We'll do the big hullabaloo next year." But then, only after it was all over, I realized that next year Halloween will fall on a Monday, a regular work day. And while there will be merriment, it won't be an all day affair, it won't be that magic Halloween weekend thing. Not for another five years. And in 2015? The boys will be 13. They will have been (god willing) Bar Mitzvahed already. Too old to be swept up in the kiddie magic of Halloween.
Now, Jacob, due to the naivete and innocence that is one of the gifts of autism, will probably still be into the costume and candy excitement. He really loves his Halloween:
|Jake dancing with one of our building's resident Halloween Ghosts|
|Ethan showing off his massive 'tude|
Since a good time was had by all, I'm probably being too hard on myself. I should just chillax. A Twix Bar stolen from Ethan's candy bucket should do the trick... now where did I hide that thing?