Who do you want to be for Halloween?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAMy son is five, and he is pumped about Halloween coming up. We bought his Batman costume last week, and he has worn it so much that it already has signs of a hole in the knee.

While I’m not a big fan of scary movies or haunted houses, I can totally relate to why my son is excited about Halloween. First of all, who doesn’t love Halloween candy? But Halloween also gives kids permission to pretend to be someone else. When he’s in his Batman costume, he’s not the quiet little kid who has a bunch of adults lovingly telling him what to do all day. He’s a crime fighting superhero who gets to drive around in the Batmobile.

Isn’t this the same reason we love fiction? We get to take a break from our demanding jobs and busy lives to be someone else. Books let us travel to new places and meet new kinds of characters. Reading lets us dare to jump into experiences or situations different from our everyday lives.

So I’m allowing my little guy to wear holes in his $20 costume and enjoy what it feels like to explore a new world different from his own.

Do you like Halloween? Do you or your kids/grandkids dress up for Halloween?

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About Julie Jarnagin

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and young son who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. www.JulieJarnagin.com

9 Responses to Who do you want to be for Halloween?

  1. I love Halloween and I think being a princess tops my list. What I love about Halloween, is that this is a purely imaginative holiday – kids get to pretend and play dress-up without the video game!

  2. Nina Croft says:

    I don’t even know what Halloween candy is. I think Halloween is one of those American holidays that never quite materialized in the UK (though it may have done now) but it sounds so much fun.

    Hope he enjoys being batman!

    • Halloween can be any candy that gets handed out when the kids go door-to-door trick-or-treating, but this time of year, there seems to be candy everywhere! I’ve learned to by suckers or something I won’t eat. Otherwise, it will be gone before Halloween.

  3. Sutton Fox says:

    Love the photo, Julie! He’s precious.

    Halloween does capture the imagination. I love watching the little ones thinking about their costumes and following along with who they are once they have them on. So cute!

  4. My little girl has chosen to be Cleo De Nile from Monster High. It’s always a struggle, for me, because it’s going to be cold… the costume is sleeveless. She’ll be okay at school in it, but not for trick-or-treat.

    I offered to dye gauze with tea bags and wrap her in that to keep her warm, but she gave me that, “Really, Mother?” look.

    Glad he’s enjoying being Batman so much.

    • Yes. It seems like as moms we also get to be the bad guys this time of year. Mine doesn’t understand why I won’t let him sleep with his Batman mask on and his cape tied around his neck. : /

  5. Jennifer Shirk says:

    How cute!!!

    I do love Halloween. It is fun to pretend to be someone or something else for a day where no one looks at you funny. LOL

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