Netflix recently made Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest available for streaming, and it has quickly become the show du jour around here.
I’m going to compress the plot into a couple sentences, because it’s not like it will make more sense if I go into more detail: there is a haunted, or maybe a ghost, scarecrow. He lacks a head (that’s him in the background there) and he is therefore known as No-Noggin.
No-Noggin dislikes hats.
If you walk past No-Noggin’s tree on Halloween (because No-Noggin’s not there, or you can’t see him, or something) and you are wearing a hat, he will kick your hat off. And then steal it.
My son has insisted on us putting a scarecrow in the front yard, and his favorite game now is to go outside and stand under the tree next to where we put the scarecrow. My wife and I are supposed to walk past him, at which point he kicks our hats off. Note that we have never actually been wearing hats when we do this, and I don’t know what he would actually do if I was wearing a hat while he was being No-Noggin and kicking hats.
He has been able to turn every conversation into a talk about kicking hats, and whether one should kick hats, and whether one is kicking hats or not, for at least a week. Today at day care, when I picked him up, I was told that he’d hit another kid. I’m pretty sure that what he actually did was kicked him.
He wants to be No-Noggin for Halloween, which means the wife and I get to find a way to jury-rig a costume.
Th’boy’s too young for cosplay, methinks.