Halloween at the Zoo

_MG_2207We’re having a tough Halloween season over here.  Vijay is scared of all of it…the carved pumpkins, the ghosts and ghouls decorating every stoop we pass, the masks hanging in the windows of shops.  Poor dear.  We didn’t realize his fear of pumpkins until we took him to the Roger Williams Zoo this week for their incredible Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular.  Vijay loves the zoo, so we figured it would be a fun night out.  He cried scared tears the whole time, but the rest of us sure loved it!  It was the most amazing carving/ etching display I have ever witnessed.  This is definitely worth a trip if you are in the area (and aren’t deathly afraid of pumpkins!)





_MG_2218And then there was good ole’ Vik, totally unaffected by the whole thing.  He sucked his two fingers and looked around like, “I’m missing my bedtime for this?”  He’s too funny.


5 thoughts on “Halloween at the Zoo

  1. Angie

    Oh sweet boy! Yes, Halloween can be hard on our little ones who live so much in their imaginative mind. It’s hard for them to understand that it’s made up, and not real ghosts and ghouls. It’s scary and big! My 4.5 year old daughter would not have anything to do with the festivities until we discovered a wonderful event called Friends of the Forest put on by some parents and local Waldorf teachers. It takes place at a park that has a little trail system and stream. The kids can walk along the trail with their parents and meet friendly forest creatures (a toadstool, some gnomes, a couple of hoboes playing the banjo, a cat, …) who will give out a little treat. At the end of the trail is hot apple cider and a folk band playing. The treats are not excessive and the energy is so very fun and festive for the little ones, tickling their imaginations.

  2. Nova

    “He cried scared tears the whole time, but the rest of us sure loved it!”
    You stayed and had a grand ol’ time while he was terrified? Nice. Don’t be shocked when your kid wants nothing to do with you before he’s even a teenager. You showed him play as day that you care more about your personal fun than his emotional well being, basically that you don’t care about him. Keep it up and he won’t care about you either.

    1. cchitnis Post author

      Whoa Nova…those are pretty harsh words for a lighthearted Halloween post. Perhaps you are new to this blog, so how about I let you in on a little secret: everything I do is for my kids. I live each day nurturing them, showering them with love and affection and guiding them with gentleness. Yes- Vijay was scared. Unfortunately, the only way out of the Pumpkin trail was to push through to the end, and so we did. My husband hoisted Vijay onto his shoulders and made it through the entire trail in about 5 minutes, giving the rest of our group a chance to enjoy the festivities, while removing Vijay from that which scared him. Did you really need a long winded explanation, or could you have trusted that I would act in my child’s best interest?

      1. Brenda

        I like you. How you handled that. I like that you didn’t just delete a comment you didn’t like and that you addressed it with dignity. Shows restraint and maturity.
        And i enjoyed the blog..got here via Pinterest 🙂

  3. Maureen

    I think the best advice regarding nasty comments is to ignore them. Having said that, I’m not going to follow my own advice. The following response is for Nova.

    I read many blogs and have spent many years working with children and families. Every child should be so lucky to have Christine for his/her mom. I personally would love to clone her! She is dedicated to her children above and beyond and consistently does amazing things with them and for them. If you’re not familiar with the circumstances, perhaps you should suspend judgment in the absence of information. The pumpkin exhibit at Roger Williams Park is extremely busy and well attended and turning around to get out is almost mission impossible. Perhaps Christine’s child learned that even though he was afraid, his parents helped him, supported him, and protected him.

    Nova, please find a more constructive use of your time than to abuse this lovely lady. She gives more than 150% every day and then some. And no – I don’t know her personally – but your remarks are completely unwarranted and off the mark. So consider some volunteer work or learn a hobby if you have nothing better to do with your time than to tear down others. Shame on you!


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