There was a time when we didn’t look forward to Halloween. It was a day full of anxiety for me, because Logan didn’t know what it was. It was another reminder that our life wasn’t normal, and after his first autism diagnosis, a day that didn’t inspire much hope.
Fast forward 3 years, and BOY has that changed!
The month started off with Logan teaching me and his sister the five-little-pumpkins song, and we sang and sang and sang.
We sang about Halloween so much, that excitement about the holiday – for the first time in our lives – set in. So much so, that we decorated the house. I never decorate for Halloween.
I never make Halloween Crafts
I never have fun picking out costumes, thinking about Halloween day/night arrangements, or talking about Halloween. But his excitement about the holiday flooded our house with joy, and soon we were all counting down the days.
Then the week came, and I took Maddy with me to Logans first Halloween party in his new school. He didn’t participate in the halloween parade, but was happy to sit in the cafeteria with me and watch his friends go by. He danced and danced, and had a great time showing his sister off.
During the party, we played party games and made halloween crafts with him and his classmates. His sister made some new friends and his wonderful new teachers invited Maddy to play just like the big girls in his class.
You guys – there was bowling.
and it was the cutest bowling I have ever seen.
After the party, the kids were bonded a little more…and even held hands has we walked out to the car. <3
The next day, Halloween came and for the first time the kids woke up excited. I had to keep telling them how much time they had left before trick or treating began. They put on their costumes and waited eagerly at the door.
Logan practiced saying “Trick or Treat!”, Maddy giggled and asked if it was time over and over and over and … after two hours of waiting… it was time to go!
The first couple houses we were all a little nervous. After all, this was kind of our first time REALLY going trick or treating. But, as time went on and Logan got the hang of it – my two big kids walked up to those houses by themselves and trick or treated.
It wasn’t our first Halloween…but it was the first Halloween where, instead of worrying about normalcy and if it was going to hurt our son in some way , we were able to relax and feel the Joy of our kids being kids together.
I know this update is a little late, but it was a memory I wanted to preserve forever! I hope you enjoyed it.