My favorite costume wasn’t my idea; it was created by my youngest son, Liam. A filled grocery cart which we created and he wore when he was 10. It looked so good that I had to get more use out of it, so I wore it the following year to the Magic 98.3 Halloween party.

We couldn’t steal a shopping cart (well, we could have, but I would not be setting a very good example), so my wife, Kathleen, found a place on-line that sold old shopping carts. The warehouse was only about 30 minutes away so Liam and I took the ride to pick the perfect cart. It couldn’t be all metal because that would be too heavy, so we grabbed a plastic one for $25 (I have the receipt).

We removed everything except the basket and the handle, and cut out the bottom of the basket. Then some empty food packages and printed pictures of food for the inside, plus paper wheels for the bottom. Finally, a couple of shoulder straps so it could be worn. It was still very heavy, but he survived a night of trick or treating.

It was not only a great, original costume, but it also made for some priceless father/son time.

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