Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Reminiscing on Halloween Nights Past

Okay, okay, so I missed a day.  I told you I'm not a particularly seasoned (or good) blogger!  On the upside my house is super clean!  One thing I am good at (since we've already ruled out blogging and photography) is taking the easy way out.  That's why I'm going to post pictures of my Halloween costumes from my childhood.  What?  Chris did it!  When we (me and my sister) were kids, we never had store bought costumes.  My mom made nearly every Halloween costume we ever wore until we were too old to go Trick or Treating (wait, what age it that?).  My mother is very crafty and thinks outside the box.  Speaking of boxes, most of our costumes were made from cardboard boxes!  Some of the more notable pieces of work included a table top (my sisters head came through a hole in the center of a large box covered with a tablecloth, place settings and a roasted turkey hat), a cookie jar (complete with lid as a hat, my mom was also big on hats!)
and a giant red octopus with eyes cut out and covered with panty hose so I could see!  One thing I learned from this whole experience (aka my childhood) was that boxes make great costumes but are the worst for trick or treating!  We literally hit into everyone and everything in our way.  And forget holding out our pillowcases for candy.  My sisters hands couldn't even reach out from underneath the "table" so folks started putting candy in the cups that were glued to the table top!  Some of our costumes spawned from convenience.  I took tap and jazz dance classes as a child.  Some of the costumes for our dance recitals were down right weird.  This is how I came to go out trick or treating as a black cat and a dinosaur!






Ah, the good old days!  As I grew older I realized that most of Halloween for adults involves women dressing up as sexy nurses, sexy cats, sexy wookies, etc.  
And, sadly, I too partook in this tragic tradition.  But that is a story for another day, probably tomorrow!
So, what are your favorite costumes from childhood?  We already know stunt zombie really enjoyed his Super Man costume.  I think my favorite was the octopus (although I'm sorry to report that after combing through my stacks of photo albums I could not find a single shot of that awesomely red 8 legged sea creature!).  Would love to hear your thoughts on Halloween costumes.

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  1. I am terrified yet intrigued by the concept of a "sexy Wookie" costume.

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  2. I grew up in the era of Ben Cooper/Collageville costumes and those i have a great fondness towards even today to the point i have given thought of making a adult version of one of those classic costumes of the 70s/early 80s.

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  3. I gotta get my old pics out one day..

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