Today, my colleague Renee Lorenz was talking about an article that looked at couples costumes for Halloween. Unless the man is gonna be the socket and the woman the plug, these seem sorta cheesy. But, who am I to talk. This year, I'm a bit player in someone else's Halloween.
My oldest child is obsessed with "101 Dalmatians" in all its forms: the live action movies, the cartoon movies (yes, there are more than one), books, etc. So, the costume choice seemed almost like a given: Cruella De Vil.
Bless her heart, my wife has been working like a demon to assemble a credible Cruella costume since there were no good pre-fab ones to be found. Perhaps needless to say, it has been, by far, the most work-intensive and most expensive costume anyone in our household can remember.
You've perhaps already seen the photo of me in my Dalmatian costume. I, along with my wife and youngest child, have a supporting role.
Cruella is the star and we are the bit players (though also the crew in some cases) and I'm OK with that. I loved Halloween as a child but until I had kids I didn't pay much attention to it as an adult.
Even now, I can take it or leave it for myself, but I love watching and participating in the fun they have with it.
So, this year, I thank my wife for her hard work to make us look like Cruella and her potential fur coats. And I'm quite content to be a part of making my kids' Halloween a memorable one.
And, bonus!, the costume also helped prevent me getting fired from my job here at OnMilwaukee.com.