Another Halloween has come and gone, and the Christmas commercials have commenced full throttle. Grr… let’s enjoy Thanksgiving first!
Regardless, let’s backtrack a day to Halloween — a holiday fun, frolic, frights, delights, good eats, treats and elaborate and original costumes.
My children’s costumes have pretty much coordinated since my son’s birth. His first Halloween, he wore a football/football player bunting while his sister dressed as a cheerleader. The next year, she used an angel costume, he sported devil horns. Then Jacob became a masculine version of Count Fabulous, pet bat of Monster High’s Draculaura, while Amber portrayed Draculaura.
Last year’s Halloween costumes garnered inspiration from the Shenandoah Valley High School drama club’s production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” My daughter and I saw the play, and Jacob saw the cast’s performance of “Hamiltodd” at the annual Majestic Awards. Impressed, Jacob became the barber and Amber his influential partner, Mrs. Lovett.
My youngsters channeled SVDC again this year as “The Phantom of the Opera’s” Phantom and Christine Daae after seeing and loving the club’s performance in April.
The Phantom costume was one of two this Halloween. Jacob was also a Stormtrooper with his Cub Scout pack’s “Star Wars” themed float in a parade. The Stormtrooper was an easy-on, easy off outfit — one-piece suit, utility belt and mask. The Phantom consisted of a black suit — pants, shirt, jacket and white bow tie — along with a Dracula cape, the white half mask and a black hat or black hairspray (which we used for trick-or-treat). He also carried a lighted red rose.
When it came time to participate in his school’s annual “fall frolic” (Halloween parade), I asked Jacob which costume he would like to use. Without hesitation, he said, “The Phantom.”
Parents and relatives attended the frolic on the athletic field behind the school. The costumed students came out grade by grade, and each class sang a Halloween-themed song.
Watching my little Phantom with his classmates, I could hear some asking, “What are you? Who are you supposed to be?” One mom standing beside me said to another parent, “Oh, look at ‘The Phantom of the Opera!’ ” I turned and smiled and said, “That’s my son.”
Jacob’s decision to wear his Phantom costume to school made me proud. He could have easily chosen the more-familiar and easier-to-don Stormtrooper, but he opted for the Phantom. He apparently wasn’t afraid to step outside the box and share that character at school and, on trick-or-treat night, those giving goodies to youngsters celebrating Halloween.