About two months ago, we began talking about Halloween costumes with the boys. They both love to dress up, so we knew this year the holiday would be a big deal at our house. Sam wanted to be a superhero, and thinking that this might be the last year we could dress them alike or in tandem, we suggested that Sam be Batman and Noah could be Robin. Sam was thrilled at the idea. Noah was at first. But soon, he realized that Robin is a pretty sorry costume.
"I want to be Batman!" he soon declared.
We tried to convince him that being Robin wouldn't be that bad. "He drives a cool motorcycle," I championed. "He's just like Batman, only younger," Joy cajoled. But Noah wouldn't hear our pleas. Like Dick Grayson, he realized that being Robin was for suckers, and he was ready to be a headliner. So Joy and I caved and agreed that we would have two Batmans - Batmen, if you will.
Sam, however, had other ideas.
"If Noah's Batman, I want to be a Ninja!" he decided, throwing our plans further out of whack. And you can imagine Noah's reaction to this development: "I want to be a Ninja too. And Batman!" We pacified Noah with the sure knowledge that Batman is both Batman and a Ninja, and set about looking for costumes that would please them both.
We found them, as with most things, at Target: