My kids like the idea of scary things but not the visuals that accompany it. I really hope Facebook isn’t around when they get older. The scary items and stories posted on there are so much scarier than halloween episodes of Curious George or Jake and the Never Land Pirates. I want to cover my eyes looking at it and I’ve already blocked 75% of my ‘friends’ for wasting my time posting depressing news stories.
Both the boy’s wanted to be Jake for Halloween; so much for individualism. They don’t get obsessed with anything, other than food, but they do love their Jake and the Never Land Pirates. We pick up costumes for them on Amazon. About a week before the holiday, we watched an episode where one of the characters turned into a witch. It was about as cartoonish as it gets, but in unison they wanted the show off immediately.
Two weeks later they are vehemently opposed to viewing any Jake episodes again. That didn’t cool their interest in Jake though. They still wanted to be Jake and we’re doing a Jake themed birthday part next month at a local children’s book shop. Just like with scary things, they like the idea of it more than the actual thing.
If you have little ones and you wonder if they’re big enough to watch something, you have to remember their imaginations take the images way beyond what they’re looking at. They’re bridging thoughts consciously while we generally do it subconsciously. So we may see just a cartoon witch but from their perspective they’re favorite people are turning into things beyond against their will.
The boys will be three in just over a month and I’m enjoying this part of their life most. They don’t quite understand Halloween as a one day event. All week they were asking their friends what they’re going to be even as it just past, as if it were to be a weekly event. They ask questions like crazy. I don’t mind.
In fact I never dismiss their questions. You can’t underplay the importance of curiosity at this stage (at every stage of life). Have fun with it and remember twenty years form now when our generation doesn’t understand technology or culture they will have to answer our questions.
Here’s this week’s video recap. It has some halloween shots. I also put up a GoPro on our door before heading out to capture all the shenanigans. We live in a development that people drive to so we get a lot more than neighbor kids. In years past there has been a shuttle bus or two. I shot a couple weddings last weekend, one in Chestertown at the Brittland Manor and another in New Jersey. There’s also a shot of the kids first experience with gum and my mom’s cat. It starts out a bit ‘scary’. Take a look!