Only 200 days until Halloween

This is the time of year I start looking for Halloween costumes. It takes quite a bit of time planning our family Halloween themes, and then executing them the way I imagine. It’s almost like planning one of my photo shoots. I plan what I want it to look like, then I start collecting the supplies, props and costumes for it.

As I was looking at costumes, I started thinking about Rick Guill. He loved that we did a family theme every year. Especially the year that Reilly dressed up like a sheriff from the 1800’s and then when Reilly was Abraham Lincoln. He absolutely loved when we did historical themes. He said it was fun and learning at the same time. Every year he made sure he got to see that year’s theme. Last year he was out in the county on a call, but he still made sure to get back to town as fast as possible to see our Revolutionary War theme, complete with an actual sword. Don’t worry, the kids got plastic ones.

He was always available when I asked if he wanted to stop by to chat or see the boys. And sometimes he would stop by my office just to visit for no reason. I miss that. He was the only one I would tell what our Halloween theme would be in advance because I knew he could keep a secret. And he never told anyone.

I’m thankful he made it to the boys’ Christmas recital in December. They were so excited to have him there.

I considered not doing a theme this year because it made me sad thinking of Rick not being there to see it, but I think this may be the last year I can talk William into a costume so we’re going out with a bang. It takes months to get all of the things I need for our costumes, which is why I start ordering things early. I’m having a hard time finding some of the things I need this year, so I may end up having to make some things myself. I guess now is as good a time as any to learn how to sew.

I let William pick this year’s theme just so he wouldn’t fight me about dressing up but I’m actually really excited about what he chose. His brothers on the other hand, are not. They’ll do it though, just to get candy. My husband doesn’t know it yet, but I’m forcing him to dress up this year too. I’ll have to bribe him with a gift card to the Bass Pro Shop, but it’ll be worth it.

If this is the last year that the five of us are together on Halloween, I want it to be spectacular. I know Rick would have thought this year’s theme was hilarious and possibly the best one yet, so let’s just hope everyone else agrees.

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

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