Elijah woke up and stretched. He rubbed his little eyes and looked around. He was in his same crib, in his same room with the happy piggy on the wall, but he could tell something was different.
He called for his Mama and she came in, her nightgown brushing the tops of her socks and reached over the crib railing with a big smile. “Happy Halloween, Elijah!” she said softly as she picked him up and carried him to the changing table.
Hallo-what? Elijah wondered. Mama changed his diaper and dressed him in an orange onesie with a black face on it, with black pants. Daddy came in to say goodbye and gave Elijah as kiss before going off to work.
All day Mama and Elijah played and Mama told him, “In a few hours we are going to dress you up as a penguin!” He didn’t know what a penguin was, but it must be something important to dress up like it. He got more and more excited as the day went on.
So excited, in fact, that he didn’t even want to take his nap. He laid in his crib and talked to himself about being a penguin, and what a penguin might be all through napping hour. When Mama came to get him, she shook her head and said with a smile, “You’ll be tired later for Trick-or-Treating.”
He was hearing so many new words today. What’s Trick-or-Treating? he wondered. He tried to stay up all afternoon to see what all the fuss was about, but he just couldn’t make it, and around 2 pm he passed out.
An hour and a half later, when he woke up, Mama was all activity. She settled him in his jumpy and packed his diaper bag. Then, as Elijah was jumping, she looked at him and said.
“Okay, time to be a penguin!” She picked him up out of the jumpy and laid him down on the floor, pulling the costume over his head. Then she pulled yellow shoes over his socks and secured a hat on his head.
“You look adorable!” she exclaimed, as she handed him a little metal bucket to carry. “Let’s go see all the ladies at the library. Grandma will be there, too.” Sure enough, as they went through the library door, the book ladies all looked around and said, “What a cute little penguin!” There were other characters there too. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat were just saying goodbye.
Grandma kissed him and told him what a cute penguin he was. From there it was off to see Elijah’s Nonna and Grandpa. While he was there he got to see his cousin Batman Brian over the computer. Daddy even turned up there, too!
As they drove through the town where Grandpa and Nonna live, Elijah saw all kinds of characters. It seems like everyone was out and about: there were princesses, and brides, and firemen, and even zombies.
For two towns Mama and Daddy drove Elijah to friends’ houses so people could see the cutest little penguin. And people put candy in his little metal bucket. Finally, when he was all tired out and didn’t think he could go to one more house, they went home.
And just before bed, Elijah’s Uncle Jamie and Aunt Mandy showed up to see the little penguin too! Then, Mama and Daddy took Elijah upstairs, settled him in his crib and said, “We love you, little penguin. Sleep well.” And he knew that he was right, there was something special about today.