Simon has been begging us since we went to Alaska to please let him dress up as a porcupette for Halloween. Oh, sorry my mistake. We’ve been begging Simon to please let us dress him up as a porcupette for Halloween since we went to Alaska. But, you say, Simon wasn’t even born when you went to Alaska. True. The child was not even a twinkle in our eyes when we started planning this Halloween costume. That is how excited we have been about it.Unfortunately, despite all our grand plans, it was the costume that almost wasn’t. I started to stress about school a week or so ago and was convinced that I would have no time to put into a porcupette costume, but then half way through last week I decided I wouldn’t be a good mother if I didn’t dress Simon up for his first Halloween. So I went to a thrift store and got a pre-made puppy costume. Neither Micah nor I think pre-made costumes are anything to get excited about, so Micah put on his thinking cap and figured out how we could turn the puppy into a porcupette. He cut out, sewed, and stuffed the quills, took off the puppy ears and tail, and then we stayed up until 5:00 Saturday morning sewing the quills onto the costume. We felt so parental.It had to be done by Saturday because we were crashing the Park Slope Ward’s chili and pie cook-off that night. All the kids wear their costumes to the event. We made an awesome apple pie, but we were an hour late for the party and missed the judging, so we’ll never know if we could have won. And although they didn’t have a costume contest, we heard from several people (and most of them were not even our friends) that Simon’s costume would have won, hands down.