Last year he was a year and a half. Fully aware of costumes and but not sure how he felt about them. My first attempt was a semi-homemade family costume. Nathan was a hot dog and Will and I were Mustard and Ketchup. I thought this was great, Nathan was not quite on board.
So a last minute run to Target the day before Halloween and we were lucky to find a suitable alternative. Much more comfortable, Nathan trick or treated as Superman.
This year, he picked out his own costume (he's had an obsession with frogs ever since my dad got him a little stuffed one a few months ago). He loves the costume and has happily worn it to more than one Halloween playdate, two Halloween festivals and even got his picture taken for our town's local newspaper wearing it. (We definitely got our $20 worth!!)
He had been practicing saying Trick or Treat for days before the big event. Trust me, he knew those were the magic words that would get him lots and lots of candy! Halloween night was definitely a success. We trick or treated in my parent's neighborhood and although he usually forgot his line by the time we got to the door, he was very good about saying Thank You each time he got a piece of candy.
We put him to bed at 8:30 and for the next 2 hours listened to him jump up and down in his crib singing the ABC's..... signs of a well deserved sugar rush. He finally crashed around 10:45 and when he woke up this morning he immediately asked where was his costume and when were we going to do trick or treat. So aside from the cruel reality that Halloween only happens once a year, and he's now got 364 days to wait for his next one, I would say our 3rd Halloween was our best so far!