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Halloween is coming up quickly, and my siblings have been planning their costumes for months. Besides the candy, what makes Halloween so exciting is that you get to pretend to be anything for one night, and you don’t worry about looking like a fool doing it. Let’s face it, many adults get into it too.
My brother, Simeon, has wanted to be a terrorist for months. He has an image in his head about what a terrorist is. My parents have spent much time trying to explain to Simeon that a terrorist is a behavior not a character. He has replaced his original plan with wanting to be a zombie. His excitement for being a zombie begins with him getting to rip up a T-shirt. He has had a T-shirt picked out for a month and just can’t wait to start the ripping process. Another reason he really wants to be a zombie is so he can have fake blood all over him. We had some company over the other day, and Simeon, who always needs to show-off, came running outside telling my mom that there had been an accident with a knife and he needed help. It was obvious by the strong odor of ketchup that he was faking. He had ketchup smeared all up his arm and on his neck.
I asked Justus what he wanted to be for Halloween, and he said he wants to be a girl. He said, “A girl is the scariest thing you can be on Halloween.” I explained to him that I was going to write about this for a column, and he quickly changed his mind and decided to be Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison or Elvis. He wants to be one of these people, so he can walk around with his guitar all night and play for people. I think he likes the attention he gets after he plays a song for people because he is pretty good at guitar. Maybe I will suggest he set up shop on a corner somewhere and put out a hat for collections. And please, somebody ask the poor kid for his autograph.