|Duck. She was two months old.|
|Yoda, 2009. Extremely tired. Didn't go trick or treating.|
|Her second year as Yoda, 2010. Two years old.|
|Witch, 2011 (along with a deviled egg, mermaid, and ghost)|
|Mary Poppins, 2012.|
|Wonder Woman, 2013|
Three of the six Halloweens when Maybelle's actually gone trick or treating with the gang of kids, she's very politely refused candy. "No, thank you." She doesn't like candy.
This is a bummer, of course, because I love Halloween candy! As a child I was only allowed to eat two pieces a night, and these days, if Maybelle brought home candy for me, I'd eat until I was sick. But today was a stimulating day for her: a Halloween parade on campus, a dance class in which the kids dressed in Halloween costumes (we all know Wonder Woman is a big-time dancer), and then the party. She had a wonderful day, saying, "Happy Halloween!" every chance she got, but by the time the bigger kids were heading out to trick or treat, Maybelle was saying, "Larry's car. Our new home."
So Larry brought us home.
Here are the notes I took on the Halloween costumes her class was wearing today:
- Princesses or fairies: 8
- Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz
- Super-Butterfly (a combination of Supergirl and a butterfly, made by her mother)
- Witch: 2
- Minion from Despicable Me
- Wonder Woman
- Obi Wan Kenobi
- Captain America
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
- Iron Man
- Some other superhero I didn't recognize
- An airplane
- A skeleton
Notice some patterns? There are more girls than boys in her class, so that skews the numbers a bit, but the boys were as drawn to superheroes as the girls were to princess/fairies. If this were an Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies class, I'd make my students explain to me why those differences are significant. What do they tell us about the gender roles and expectations that children are learning very, very young? What is a superhero capable of vs. what a princess/fairy is capable of? What do they do?
But it's nighttime, and I'm tired, so we're not going to have that analytical moment just now. Instead, I'm going to get a bottle of water (candy-free) and curl up on the couch with In a Queer Time and Place (really? Yes, really).