I know Halloween is supposed to be a kids’ holiday, but I love Halloween! And it’s even better now that I have a kiddo to dress up and take Trick or Treating.

As a kid, my sisters and I would start thinking about Halloween costumes in August. And they were never store-bought costumes – always homemade by us (with parental assistance at times). We would dig through the dress-up box and our closest, putting random clothing together. We would think about our favorite characters and how we could bring them to life.

As a 5 year old, I was a carhop, complete with skates and a serving tray (trick or treating on skates is much more efficient for the kid, but is really rough on the adults. And it generally requires at least one bandage because the skating kid will fall). In first grade, I was Peter Pan, inspired by Julie Andrews. As a second-grader, I dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of Little House on the Prairie (I did have to wear a name tag to get that one across). I’ve also dressed as a gypsy, hippie, cheerleader, bunny, artist, Pippi Longstocking, pirate, mad scientist, Rosie the Riveter and a pumpkin (that one was while I was pregnant).

And now I’m passing the Halloween costume tradition to my son. Last year, he went as Mr. Peanut, as a nod to his nickname. And this year, now that he’s old enough to walk up to people and smile, we’re doing a family costume of the Wizard of Oz. I’m Dorothy, my husband will be the Tin Man, our dog is Toto, and “Peanut” will be an adorable toddler of a Cowardly Lion.

Please share how you celebrate Halloween! Maybe we can all spark each others’ creativity.


Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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