Dads Help Kids Enjoy Scary Fun on Halloween Night
Ghosts and goblins are kept in check by fun-loving dads.
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If Halloween is your favorite time of the year, then there is no need to ask what you are doing on October 31. As a matter of fact, I don’t need to ask you what your yard is going to look like or if you are eyeballing that monstrous costume. Those questions would be bloodcurdling ones to ask because I think I already know how creepy and grim the answers will be. With October always being a busy month each year with my daughter and niece’s birthdays two days apart, we look forward to Halloween. We like the spookiness.
As a father, sometimes I can get carried away with the costumes, masks, and the uncontrollable energy to scare random people or kids and watch their eyes enlarge within milliseconds. It’s all fair game when Halloween comes around. The good part of Halloween around this house is the people you share it with. No, not just the ghost and ghouls, but the kids dressed as their favorite scary villain or superhero.
We gather as many family, friends, friend-of-friend’s children and go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood before we make our last stop at our church’s annual Harvest Fest. Sure there will be candy and caskets, but just being there to “save” my kids from the other spooky things makes me smile. It touches my heart when my kids bury their faces in my chest, covering their faces with their fingers only to spread their fingers apart just enough to see if the goblin is gone. I’ve done my job because I “scared” the goblin away.
I think they like the thrill. And the candy that comes along with it. This time of the year fathers can be the spooky one and the one who is the safest to run to for protection. This year’s Halloween festivities will be as wonderful as they were last year, and no hurricane will stop the joy to come.
G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralb, Instagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook: facebook.com/therealgeneralb.