Dad’s Halloween

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October promises to be a fun month for this particular dad. Not because the Panthers play the Saints and Falcons back-to-back, not because we’re right in the middle of college football, and not because we have NASCAR races at the speedway (although all three are awesome things). What has me most excited is the opportunity to play dress-up with my kids. In other words, I cannot wait to participate in the annual picking of the Halloween costume.

Sage, my 3-year-old daughter, gets more girly (and beautiful) with every passing day. I envision her in a Cinderella costume.

On the other hand, Brayden is almost 1. For him, I think comfort is more important than style, so I’m leaning toward the big comfy bunny outfit made stylish in the classic film “A Christmas Story.”

I am so excited about this. It’s like watching the Panthers rally from 20 down in the fourth quarter to win the game.

I can guess what you’re thinking: “C’mon, Bruce. Halloween is not about you; it’s about your kids.” To that I say HAH! Halloween is all about dad and mom. It’s kind of like taking your kids to the amusement park for the first time. The fun comes in seeing this great big new world through their young, innocent eyes. The fun of Halloween is seeing the joy in their faces when they slip into a costume and masquerade as someone else. Yes, ultimately they will pick out what they want to wear, but you cannot fault me if I nudge them in a certain direction.

The only real problem I’m seeing is how to divide up Halloween night. I want my kids to go trick-or-treating, but I also want them to be home to see all the ghosts, ghouls, gremlins and (Florida) Gators coming to their house. I want them to get their share of candy (or in Brayden’s case his share of carrots and creamed corn), but I also want them to have fun giving out treats and a few tricks to all of our visitors.

It’s similar to the dilemma of trying to watch two great football games at the same time as a baseball playoff game. How do you watch it all – bring the TVs from all the different rooms and line them up next to each other? I guess my wife and I will split the Halloween duties. One of us will take one kid out while the other stays home with our other child, and then we’ll switch. It’s not perfect, but I hope it will work.

Halloween is going to be a great night for parents and children, unless it starts raining. In that case, I’ll do the only thing a red-blooded American sports nut can do to cope – grab all the TVs and line them up with each one on a different sports channel.

Bruce Snyder is the sports director at Fox Charlotte. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Charisse, daughter, Sage, and son, Brayden.

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