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The Halloween Debate

on September 27, 2014

About a week ago, Ellie announced to all of us that her costume of choice for Halloween is “a potty.”

Digest that for a moment please.

I’ll be honest, I am totally frantic about this. John is not. As a matter of fact, I would say that he’s practically giddy about her choice. That’s what happens when you teach eighth graders all day long.

I have attempted to change her mind, offering amazing costume after amazing costume to entice her interests. Frozen? We can do Frozen! Dora? Doc McStuffins? I’m desperate enough to let her be a princess!! I am failing. For a brief moment last week, she decided that her costume would be “Ellie,” but after only a few hours, we were back on the toilet train.

At what point do I put my foot down and force a reasonable choice? Or should I just swallow my pride and let Ellie deal with the embarrassing pictures when she’s 18 and creating a slideshow of pictures for her high school graduation?

My strategy, for now, is compromise. Yes, you can dress like a potty at our Halloween party, where our family and friends know us and won’t think we are nutcases. No, you can’t wear it for Trick-or-Treating. I think that’s fair. Maybe even reasonable.

Why do I feel like this is foreshadowing my life when she’s an adolescent?



11 responses to “The Halloween Debate

  1. Aunt B says:

    So funny! My thoughts are flashing forward to a picture in the slideshow at her wedding. What a very funny daughter you have!

  2. Jessica Adams says:

    Lol!! I think it’s a great idea too but I also teach junior high! 🙂 I do like your compromise. If you do a porta potty you just need an oblong box and cut a crescent moon out where her face is so she can breathe. Haha. I love your kids and family. Thanks for sharing your amazing blog! -Jessica Adams

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  3. This made my day. Sorry. I swear our kids are related some days. 🙂

  4. Oneinamillion says:

    Oh man, please let her. Just for the photos later when she finds them embarrassing. It’ll be too funny.
    My little sister once went as a fridge. My big sister and a friend dressed in blue overalls and went as the movers. She basically was just in a big white box that opened to show her in there. Pretty funny.
    What funny kids you have! And I mean that in the best possible way! (I also teach high school so can appreciate the toilet humour.)

  5. Diane Flory says:

    I hope I live long enough to see Ellie in her teens. This is only the beginning.

  6. Aunt Carol says:

    Let her do it, this will make a great story when she is older! Uncle Bob would love this!

  7. There is a wonderful way outta this one…”You can be a potty if the Halloween store has a costume”. And if the store happens to have one, you’re screwed.

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