This is a post from the seventh edition of my (mostly irregular) Week of Lists where I bring you seven list-type posts, one per day starting on Saturday, October 25th and ending on Halloween, leaping from the darkest corners of your internetz and scaring you into mild confusion. Stay tuned!
The more dad experience I gather as I roll through this little job, the more I realize one thing: “Amazing” is relative. To your kid it’s pretty likely that just showing up and playing along is amazing. So needless to say, it’s not that it’s easy to be an amazing dad but to help you out with that, here are…
4 Amazing Things Dads Can Do On Halloween
But… no paint required. I had a long conversation on the way home from school this afternoon with the girl who has –apparently– been putting a lot of thought into how and when we’ll be decorating the front of the house. A couple years ago we stuffed some of my old clothes with newspapers, propped the headless dummy up in a lawn chair, and rested a jack-o-lantern on his lap. It has stuck with her and set the bar for the “amazing” minimum for our annual halloween decorating efforts.
2. Teach Some Knife Skills
We have a couple pumpkins to carve in the near future. And while my one-on-one knife-skills class will likely stay mostly confined to a live audio-visual demonstration lesson and not so much hands-on practical work-type class, getting my carve on to show the girl that “amazing” dads can art-up a jack-o-lantern quality gourd with the best of them. As of yesterday my pumpkin skills have gone (modestly?) viral, the Minecraft pumpkin carving I’ve done in years past hitting the 10,000 views mark. But to be an amazing dad, the only one of those views that really counted came from the seven-year-old who lives in my house.
3. Get into Character
Amazing dads dress up in costume. Period. Do I really need to justify this?
4. Team Up With Other Parents
And it almost goes without saying –what with the door-to-door, neighbourly-type exploration of the local streets whilst gathering candy thing– that I’ve learned over the years to accept Halloween as an inherently social event. Amazing dads make sure that it’s social. Amazing dads wrangle up some friends and neighbours to roam the streets with. (Plus it never hurts to have some grown-up company along for the adventure.)