Halloween for Toddlers: Prepare To Scare

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I’m not a big person on the act of being scared. I don’t like the sudden rush of adrenaline or feeling my heart skip a beat. Last year, I did a blog post titled, Enough of The Motion-Activated Shrieking Decorations in Drug Stores and it was well-received. Lots of people responded and about 90% of them agreed with me. This year, my thoughts turn towards the actual trick-or-treating because this year I’ve got two youngsters. (Last year I had one youngster and one baby who couldn’t walk.)

My neighborhood embraces Halloween like most neighborhoods embrace Christmas. We are fanatics about anything inflatable. I love to imagine the conversation that takes place when these items are purchased. I think it goes a little something like this,

“Honey, we should get the inflatable Grim Reaper this year. It’s really cute! It comes in a casket and everything.”

“No, how about the inflatable carriage hearse with glowing skulls. Ten feet of terror, honey!”

You can drive down our street and see huge orange pumpkins, big black cats, spooky ghosts, freaky ghouls and more. It is a feast for the eyes, especially at night.

I am a little bit worried about the actual night of Halloween, because some people answer the door in costume. A few ladies dress up like witches and a few folks have my fave, the shrieking motion-activated thingies, right up next to the front door. My oldest won’t be phased, but my little one might not like it. My heart goes out to timid little tots that try so hard to be brave. If I see a happy face crumple because one of those darn things scare the pants off of him, I’m gonna feel pretty sad about it.

What do you think? Is it possible to prepare a toddler for scary things that are only pretend scary?

Who Puts A Costume On A Cat? Crazy People…

biker-buddyI blogged about a funny dog costume earlier this week and since I’m a cat person, I had to be fair. Well, the selection of costumes for cats is far less vast and amusing. In fact, there aren’t that many costumes for cats. Then I thought about it a bit and realized why. Cats HATE wearing anything but their own fur. Even the sweetest kitty will scratch your eyes out if your try to put a fancy collar on it, let alone a costume.

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I did find a few hats for cats at SpoiledRottenKitties.com.Find something better? Send me a link! (Is it me, or does that white cat look scared out of its mind.) I think the tabby actually likes being king. Go figure.

Switching Gears: Doggie Yoda Costume

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I think we all know how adorable the furry animal suits are for kiddos, but what about these costumes for canines? I was laughing out loud at these. So – feeling generous – I decided to share. Take a look at this Star Wars Yoda costume for your pup. From small to x-large, they are all currently in stock. You’re in luck!  Yoda Dog sells for $18 at Chasing Fireflies.

Enough of the Motion-Activated Shrieking Decorations in Drug Stores! Ahhhh!

Rushing to the drug store after work to pick up essentials, I’m walking through the door at Walgreen’s making a mental list in my head of the things I need, “diapers, formula, milk…” When all of the sudden a maniacal voice starts shrieking at me!!!! My heart skips a beat and I nearly jump out of my skin. I quickly realize I’ve triggered one of those annoying motion-activated Halloween witches. Aaaaahhhhhh!!!!!! I hate those things!

I’m not sure when drug stores started hanging those creepy cackling motion sensor Halloween decorations all over the place, but enough is enough. You know the ones I’m talking about. The hanging prop with the little witch face or the skull that screams and cackles at you when you get too close. Some of them wiggle and shake too, and actually have strange little skeleton hands that move. Ugh!

As a mom, I have to avoid the drug store at all costs during the month of October. One-year-olds and four-year-olds don’t react well to a loud unexpected blood-curling scream. Go figure. If I do have to take them into the store with me, we have to walk in a huge circle to avoid the decorations. You never know where they’ve hung those things. It’s like walking through a land mine – you don’t want to accidentally set one off.

A few weeks ago, I forgot. I had both boys with me. I was carrying my smiling little baby into the store and holding my happy preschooler’s hand. We took two steps too far and set off a witch. Oh no! As soon as the screeching started, I knew I was in trouble. I quickly looked at both boys and all I saw was sheer panic. Then the crying started. I tried to comfort them, but nothing helped. They were legitimately terrified. Way to go, drug store!

Sure, it’s fun to scare older children. Some people just love getting a rise out of older trick-or-treaters. But what about the little kiddos? These decorations make neighborhood trick-or-treating a bit iffy. Little ones aren’t expecting that as they eagerly run up to the door to ring the doorbell! Look, I love Halloween as much as the next pumpkin-loving, ghost-adoring holiday enthusiast, but please – PLEASE!- enough with the motion-activated decorations. Come on, people. Not cool.