Howard and Kashata Shindler and young son, Thelo, show how the daily commute doesn’t have to be so scary.  Their homemade costumes were inspired by Thelo’s love for riding a Metro bus every day with his mom.

“He’s always really excited to be on the bus,”  Howard Shindler says. “He’s only 20 months and ‘bus’ is one of the main words he can say. I think it was one of his first words.”

Thelo rides with Kashata on the Route 60 from Georgetown to his daycare before Kashata heads to work.

“We asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween, and a bus seemed to be the primary thing,” Howard says.

They dressed up last weekend while attending the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival. Several people came up and asked them if they worked for Metro, Howard said. Both parents are actually artists, although Kashata is “definitely more on the crafty side,” he says. She spent about a week putting this year’s costumes together.

Their costumes are definitely early favorites for our nomination for Halloween Costumes of the Year.