As I mentioned in yesterday’s “Philly Fall in Review: Day 1,” I wanted to spend the last five days of November recapping the highlights of our fall. Day 2: Halloween. Last year, Adelaide and our dog Hugo were matching bananas. This year we wanted to reuse Hugo’s costume, and in order for them to still match, we dressed Adelaide as a monkey.
Since Adelaide is only 15 months old, we didn’t plan to take her trick-or-treating (maybe next year). Still, we planned to take her and Hugo to our dog park’s Howl-o-ween parade at the nursing home on Sunday the 28th and to my work’s Halloween party on the 30th (which was later cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy). I also figured I would dress her up while we passed out candy on Halloween night. At the last minute, I heard about a Halloween costume contest and craft fair in our neighborhood in South Philly. I didn’t enter Adelaide into the contest, but the event was another opportunity to get our money’s worth out of the costume. I thought she would enjoy seeing all the kids dressed up (she loves watching other kids), so I’m so glad we went. Adelaide had a great time, we got a free pumpkin and it provided a good photo op for me.
When I first tried the monkey costume on her, she screamed the second I pulled up her hood. I was worried that she wouldn’t wear the hood and that people wouldn’t be able to see the cutest part of the monkey costume. But luckily, when we were at the neighborhood fair and the dog park parade, there was just so much going on and so many interesting children and dogs to watch, she didn’t even seem to notice when I pulled up her hood.
Next year may be the last year we get to pick Adelaide’s costume for her. I’m already brainstorming ideas to go with Hugo’s banana costume. The Chiquita banana lady? If anyone has a fruit basket hat appropriate for a 2-year-old, let me know.