We're Off to See the Wizard

Halloween is a big holiday at our house. I don’t really get into all the creepy and scary stuff. For me, it’s a fun holiday for the kids! And I love all of the decorations…like those bumpy, orange, white and green pumpkins and gourds.

Plus, you can’t let a Halloween slip by without attending at least one pumpkin patch. We’re lucky here in Lincoln to have two wonderfully amusing pumpkin patches with tons of activities and fall flavor. Check out Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Roca Berry Farm online (www.valaspumpkinpatch.com and rocaberryfarm.com).

And, finally, I’m batty about Halloween because of the costumes. Every year we decide on a family theme for the costumes. Here’s what the kids have been over the years:

Farmer and a Pig
Cowboy and an Indian
Spiderman and a Spider
Football player and a Cheerleader
Bam Bam and Pebbles (The Flintstones!)

This year we decided on “The Wizard of Oz.” But, for awhile there, I didn’t know if we’d make it “over the rainbow.”

The kids each picked different costumes. Jacob wanted to be Green Lantern and Olivia wanted to be a princess. So much for my sweet themes… Oh well, it’s “their” holiday, right? And I knew my plan wouldn’t last forever.

But, then, it hit me! Their three-year-old cousin Maya was going to be Dorothy! I suggested “The Wizard of Oz” idea to the kids. They were thrilled! Those ruby slippers were magical after all! So Jacob became the scarecrow and Olivia was still a pink princess…she transformed into Glinda the Good Witch of the North. And for a double bonus… their friend Ava was also Dorothy! So we had four ruby slippers and a house full of happy trick-or-treaters.

Jon and I also got into the act at Boo at the Zoo for work. Jon still fit into his lion costume from high school and I donned the black hat and green face paint to become the Wicked Witch of the West. (The picture is of Jon, me, our executive producer Amber as the elf and zoo president John Chapo as the wizard. Hey, Amber was in green; she could be from the Emerald City!)

So, in the end, there’s no place like home for trick-or-treating! And there’s nothing like those fun theme costumes… at least for another year. The kids are now looking ahead to next Halloween… Shazam! Superheroes? We’ll see.

Share how you dressed the kiddos for Halloween this year! I’ve included some cute trick-or-treaters I spied this year, too (just click on the photos tab).

Happy Parenting!


About the Author...
Taryn Vanderford
Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently works on "First at Four", "Pure Nebraska" and "Moms Everyday" for 10/11 and Gray Television.

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Taryn Vanderford loves being a mom to her two elementary-aged kids, Jacob and Olivia.  Activities with the kids and a full-time job keep Taryn pretty busy, but in her free time she enjoys taking pictures, reading, Jazzercising, gardening, traveling and playing the piano for church.