William has an obsession with garbage trucks, trucks of all kinds, really, but garbage trucks especially. Some time ago we went for a walk around the neighborhood on garbage collecting day, and he stood and stared at the trucks lifting the cans and dumping them. Then he started moving his own arm like the claw, lifting it up over his head. I don't know if that was the start of all this, but it must have contributed. He has toy garbage trucks. He even plays garbage truck. He'll tear up pieces of paper and throw them on the floor with other junk and then use his claw to pick it all up and drop it on his back behind him. Funny kid.
When we were getting close to Halloween, William wanted more than anything in the world to be a garbage truck, so Marla got some boxes and made one for him, and it is fantastic, wiper blades, headlights, rear lights, an open back where he could dump his candy, and, as fate would have it, the letters WM for waste management are also William's initials!
I got to their house Monday at about 4, and that kid was so excited about Halloween he was jumping around like a pogo stick. When the trick-or-treaters started knocking on the door he ran at a dead sprint to it to give them candy. Then he'd watch out the window for more kids, then open the door and yell, "Hey, over here!" He even wished the kids a happy Halloween.
I had planned to be a bag of garbage to go along with the truck, but William didn't like the idea. I don't know why, and his language skills are still limited, so he couldn't really tell me why. Maybe he didn't want anything added to or distracting from his already awesome truck. There's room for only one garbage costume in that town, and his was it. But, I did put it on for a few pictures with him using his claw.
And then we went trick-or-treating.
In other Halloween news, there's a house in Marla's neighborhood that has the best yard display I have ever seen - the best - skeleton pirates with a ship and plenty of loot. I love it so much.
William wore out after about an hour. We pushed him for another 30 minutes before going home. I snagged two Reese's peanut butter cups (my favorite) from my generous nephews, and then went home feeling very happy and fulfilled by the spirit of Halloween. What a great holiday.
Hope you all had fun, too!