This is a First Holiday Moment sent in from Los Angeles, California
Halloween is a day where children’s imaginations and creativity can be celebrated. Last year, 12 months old and bundled up as a teddy bear, our little guy just observed this festivity of sweets. This year he learned what pillaging for candy was all about. Dressed as a Viking, he participated in his first Halloween.
Our day began at a fair where he romped around the gardens with a balloon sword and a painted face. Considering it was his first face painting experience, he sat so still. Occasionally he turned his eyes to catch a glance of me smiling. He paraded his scar, beard and handlebar mustache as if he had a new defining sense of Viking self.
After a needed nap at home and a freshly painted face, we walked down a church isle hand-in-hand to find our seats in the dark. Candlelight lit the stage and we snuggled on a pew to watch the silhouette of an organist play songs from Harry Potter and the Adams Family. Captivated by the live music, my son pointed at the organist with many “Ohh’s.” After the concert, we headed out for an evening of sweet adventures.
With each new home, dressed to light the pathways of pattering feet, he would point at the candlelit pumpkins with an expressive “ohh” or “ball?” Courageously he held the hand of Minnie Mouse and was led the way by Harry Potter to learn the ways of trick-or-treating. After we split a mini Snickers bar, he caught on quick to the fact that sweet edible things were being dropped into his bag and he wanted “more.” It was a day we will remember because our little Viking and his first experiences made it that much more exciting.