Halloween with a three year old means buying grey hoodies to make shark costumes. It means singing “baby shark, doo doo…” over and over (and over and over…)
Halloween with a three year old means that the night before a school Halloween party she informs you that, no, she is going to be a witch.(duh.) It means she will need a broom. A hat. A skirt. Witch tights.
Halloween with a three year old means giggles ensue when she talks about her calzones that Pablo looked for under her tutu.
Halloween with a three year old means toys have to be picked up before trick or treating. It means you have to help, because she has forgotten where they go. (And that the clean up song is for school.)
Halloween with a three year old means keeping little hands busy by gluing notes onto the marshmallow bags you are handing out to neighbors. It means she will groan with sheer exhaustion when she can’t handle gluing one more.
Halloween with a three year old means that 30 minutes before it is time to trick or treat, she will change her mind about her costume. It means she will be a “princess.” It means you will have to move the bed to find her crown that fell off after she went to bed with it on.
Halloween with a three year old means you stare in disbelief that the neighborhood party starts at 8 and keeps going strong at 9. Those people clearly don’t have three year olds.
Halloween with a three year old means leaving the park after she screams at you–a bit embarrassed but mostly glad for an opportunity to use love and logic. It means you get to say things like, “Would you like to walk or would you like me to carry you? Would you like a sip of water or would you prefer to go straight to bed?”
Halloween with a three year old means hearing for the first time how little your daughter likes you. It means she will tell you she wants a different mami, and that she wants to give you to the police. It means you will have to hide your smile even as part of you dies a little inside.
Halloween with a three year old means that cuddles, laughter, bedtime stories, and hand holding will remind her how much fun it is to be a three year old. It means that you made it another night.