Being the DIVA Ottawa Photographer Mom that I am I absolutely LOVE Halloween and LOVE LOVE LOVE babies in costumes. So it should be no surprise that Xavier attended FOUR Halloween Events in THREE different costumes. This year he was Winnie The Pooh, a Superhero, and of course, a Monkey. Painfully adorable. If you are curious about what to do with your little one for Halloween, here are some options I’ve tried out for you:
- Check to see if there are any costume-friendly baby meet ups (or suggest a Halloween Event at your favourite Play Group. That’s what we did at a Play Group a local Ottawa mom organizes within her home. There was only three babies in attendance, but the kids got to look adorable and play “together” in costume while us moms took pictures, ate pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and drank coffee.
- Attend a book signing or story circle time if there’s one available. Luckily #everydaysuperheroes was having a reading and book signing at Boomerang Kids Ottawa where the theme was to come dressed as a Superhero which we did. Xavier was a Super Duper Hero and I was his Sidekick Green Cougar
- See if your work is (or make a suggestion) to have a “bring your kids in costume” mini party (even if it’s an our over lunch or after work) and have candy for the trick-or-treaters. Luckily my baby daddy (Poppa Bear David)’s work had this option so we got to tour Shopify Ottawa’s new digs, decorate a pumpkin, eat cupcakes, and Xavier got all the attention he could possibly handle.
- Trick or Treat in the mall. So this is what I suggested to another mom who, like most moms of babies under the age of one, didn’t see the value in going door to door. I am pretty sure most if not all malls in Ottawa at least offer this option. It’s at the discretion of the store, but most have bowls of candy and it’s a safe warm place to bring your baby out in costume so they can see the sights of Halloween and be seen.
- You can forgo the norm and actually take your baby out trick or treating. X was a bit of a zombie monkey in his costume as he was exhausted from not having a solid afternoon nap but he still giggled at the scary haunted houses (as all it was to him was fog, wild colours, hair styles and masks) and occasionally smiled at the strangers commenting on his cuteness- which being the vain baby he is- is one of his favourite pastimes.
What Halloween or Fall time traditions do you have in your family? What did you do with your kids for Halloween? What was their first costume(s)?