Thursday, November 01, 2012

The Great Pumpkin Showed Up (and a gladiator took him)

Zack's school is VERY into Halloween. EVERYONE dresses up, from the Kindergarteners to the 8th graders, to the teachers and the Head Master.  First thing in the morning, everyone meets in the auditorium and each class gets to go up on the stage (decorated with hanging ghouls and tombstones and cobwebs) and show off their attire.



Since day one, Zack has NOT liked Halloween.  He hated being dressed up.  As we can see in his early years ...


... he wasn't that thrilled.


Things changed a couple of years ago and Zack has been more excited about the entire process of costumes and trick-or-treating.  This year he decided he wanted to be a gladiator.



Why a gladiator?  I have no clue whatsoever, but he makes a good one, doesn't he?


At school, Zack posed with the Head Master, who was either Dumbledore or Gandalf, or maybe just a wizard.  Last year his costume resembled Henry VIII, so I'm sure he was a lot more comfortable (except for the beard, maybe.)

Then I decided that later in the day, I'd play The Great Pumpkin and deliver a Lumina pumpkin to Zack's locker for him to discover later.  UNFORTUNATELY, just as I was arranging his pumpkin, who should come out of the door of his class to run an errand for the teacher but Zack?  Oh man.  So much for the surprise.  But he was very happy with his pumpkin, drew a face on it, and named it.  



So I guess the Great Pumpkin gets props for trying, right?



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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

16 comments:

Courtney said...

Awesome costume and what a gift you are able to give him - a surprise in his locker!

A Half-Baked Notion said...

What a handsome gladiator indeed! Unfortunately none of my boys ever got more interested in the whole Halloween thing past putting on a black cloak and the latest scary headpiece LOL.

Renetha said...

Oh Lori, this is so sweet. If I went to my kids school, they wouldn't admit that they knew me. Ah, the joys of teen boys.

Christine Hansen said...

Absolutely - The Great Pumpkin always gets props! Well done Lori! p.s. please tell Zack he makes a fine gladiator!

13 said...

Fern was the same way, didn't like dressing up but oh boy does she love Halloween now! Zack makes a very fine gladiator and great to see he's now loving the halloween fun.

Skye said...

Awesome! I wish more schools were into Halloween that much :) I wish more PEOPLE were into Halloween that much :) And Zack makes a great Gladiator! Haven't decided if I like Gladiator Zack better than Jedi Zack, yet though ;)

Gypsea said...

Cute story and cute baby pictures too. I love your son's gladiator costume, wow he looks great!

Createology said...

Zack is a Champion Gladiator! You are a Champion Mom...er...pumpkin deliverer. Blessings...

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Awww, that's so sweet of you! Even though the surprise was spoiled by forces unknown, it definitely IS the thought that counts and he seems really happy with his Halloween treat ^.^

Sounds like you guys had a fun time!

Lady of the Woods said...

this entire post is wonderful LOL. It got me from another blog...the title...The Great Pumpkin whose words always strike a chord within me hearing the Charlie Brown character say them...then I see the pics, and oh my god lol Zack sure did NOT like Halloween lol too cute!! and then the gladiator mystery, funny too, somehow...but I love Dumbledore and that the school all dress up, how cool. thanks for the smiles, lady

Dragonfly Close said...

I will never forget the year I taught art and went as a wizard. None of my students even knew who I was; the beard and the robe obscured my identity so thoroughly! I heard whispers and murmurs of "who IS that?" "Is that the music teacher?" (a man) or the principal (also a man) I waited until the last possible minute to walk into my classroom. Even then the students asked if it was me! Halloween is so much fun! I hope Zack has many more years of Halloween fun ahead of him. =)

stregajewellry said...

Zack looks so cute in all of his costumes. I know lots of little kids who do not like to dress up. My grandson cried when he was two. He was scared of his costume!

Stepha said...

I love seeing your family photos. I know what your talking about. I tried to dress the boys up and they were not having it.. Timmy would not leave his hat on and Maso. would not leave his shirt on.. I got a few candid shots and will eventually blog about it. Zach's current costume is awesome!!

AliMc said...

As Mom always said "it's the thought that counts" so even if you got caught I'm sure he was pleased none the less. The look on his face in those early costumes is priceless! Glad he is more into it now, Halloween has always been my fave holiday.

Alice said...

How fun that Zacks school celebrates in style. Zack has a great costume and I'm glad he is finally embracing the fun. And you're are great mom to surprize him with a darling pumpkin.

A few years ago our school decided to ditch the Halloween idea and call it a Fall Festival. I'm not sure why, but it really took the fun out of things in my opinion.

Rachel said...

How wonderful! Great pictures of his progression into liking the holiday.