I love Halloween! I love watching our students as they show off their costumes – they are so cute! It is such a wonderful chance to watch them act out their super hero and princess fantasies. I also like to wear costumes that are not just creative, but also have some sort of play on words.
Above you will see the costume I chose to wear a Rastafarian Mickey Mouse (to the kids I was “Hippie Mickey”). However, that is not what I really wanted to be! What I really wanted to do was wear that exact costume with pasta taped all over the shirt – get it??? I would have been a PASTAFARIAN!!! Okay, I realize that sometimes my sense of humor seems to entertain myself more than others!
I have another costume favorite I wore over ten years ago. I bought a shirt and painted a giant letter “P” on the shirt. I wore the shirt and painted my eye black. Get it????? I was a black-eyed pea!!!!! I spent the entire night explaining my costume, which I thought was quite clever, but no one else seemed to get.
Another wonderful Halloween reality is that for one day out of the year I can dress in something different than my professional clothing – I can even wear skinny jeans and converse to work (they were part of the costume).
I love that education is so much more than training students to memorize and regurgitate rhetoric spewed at them from textbooks. I love that we have those wonderful days like Halloween when our learning communities become communities of imagination, of fantasy, of fun.
Today, 112 days ’til 40, I am thankful for our ability to take the time and pretend. Our children remind us how healthy it is.