Yes It’s that time of the year when I get excited about dressing up the kids for Halloween. I have to admit it’s not really about the kids it’s about me. As a child and also as an adult prior to kids, I enjoyed dressing up and trying to be unique with my costumes. But now with shifting priorities I get to live vicariously through them.

My wife doesn’t get it she thinks Halloween is weird. I try to make her understand that for me it’s not necessarily about horror. To me Halloween is about originality, creativity, uniqueness and detail. She just looks at me with a blank stare calling me a nerd with her eyes.

I am also a wannabe comic book nerd. Not Big Bang Theory level but I wouldn’t mind if I was. So this year when my son said he wanted to be Captain America for Halloween, I had to add my own touch to make him the best Captain America. I told him he can be Endgame Captain America with Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer for my none nerds), a broken shield and a bloody face. When he replied ” yes! I can be worthy Captain America” my heart melted and I felt like crying.(no lie).

So the search began, I got him a Captain America costume. (End game version because…of course details matter to a 5 year old). I got Mjölnir, a shield and we were in business.

I am still trying to convince him to let me paint his face so he looks like he was in battle with Thanos but he said make up is for girls.  I’ll  try again later. Between now and Halloween I just need to damage his brand new shield and we are set.

You can clearly tell who is more excited about this. I just hope Halloween night is not too cold so that a coat doesn’t ruin my… I mean his costume. Because he would be soooo devastated right??

To all the of you Halloween parents who feel as passionately about this night as I do hang in there. One day our kids will appreciate our inner nerd. Or just get a mask from the dollar store and a pillowcase and call it a day only time will tell.


Pierre-Richard Ducasse


Author: Pierre-Richard Ducasse

Husband, Father of two. Avid sports Fan (Basket-ball, Soccer). Fitness enthusiast. Lover of Caribbean Food, specially Haitian food.

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