Ghost of Halloween Past

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Halloween used to be a big deal when I was growing up. In the beginning, my cousins and I would get the standard costumes that came with the plastic face mask. You know the ones where your hot breath would be trapped and you’d end up inhaling steam? Wait, you didn’t have those? Oh, well me either. Anywho, the older we got, the more creative our costumes became until we had finally ditched the store bought costumes for our own creations. That’s when things got interesting.

I remember we all spent the night over our grandma’s house, where we seemed to spend most of our free time. We were excited to go trick or treating. We had our pillowcases ready to be filled with candy. Yes, pillow cases. You just seemed to get more candy that way. We plotted which houses we’d hit first. There was a couple that always gave out money. Not crisp dollar bills, but shiny copper pennies. We were not impressed and decided to hit their house last. The nerve of us, right? There was another house that gave away “normal size” candy bars. We were impressed with them because they didn’t go the “snack size” route. They were at the top of our list. We had to get there before they ran out.

After we had plotted our route, the next step was to get the costumes right! We crafted our costumes using whatever we could find. For me, I found my mom’s brown, one piece, polyester, 70’s jumpsuit in the basement.  I threw some of her jewelry into the mix and who knows what else. Looking back, maybe I was a budding fashionista even for Halloween. HA! My costume was simple and to the point – I had decided to be a gypsy. I have no idea why I chose gypsy but it sounded good to me at the time. I threw on bunches of  my mom’s jewelry and a rocked out that polyester leisure suit! I’m sure I looked a HOT MESS! I mean, I was taller than my mom at this point. I’m sure I was no more than 10. Yes, I had surpassed her in height by then. I was teeny tiny though. So, imagine me making my way through the neighborhood in a too short, too big, brown, one-piece, polyester jumpsuit! HOT MESS but definitely Halloween appropriate, no? Honestly, what on earth could be scarier than that? What’s your most memorable Halloween costume?

*This post was written as part of Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. I chose to write about my most memorable Halloween costume.

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12 Responses to Ghost of Halloween Past
  1. Erica
    October 13, 2011 | 9:30 am

    Blog rules – picture or it didn’t happen!

  2. kita
    October 13, 2011 | 11:52 am

    Halloween is not like it use to be. Now I just go to a party somewhere or take the kids to the zoo. I went trick or treating for the first time a couple of years ago. My mom use to take me places never actually trick or treated.

  3. Natalie
    October 13, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    I would kill to see a pic of that!

  4. blueviolet
    October 13, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    The sad thing is that my mom really didn’t do much for our Halloween costumes. We just got those cheapo store bought ones with the plastic masks you talked about. It’s a wonder we all didn’t pass out from breathing our own CO2 back in for hours. Those costumes were pathetic!

    October 13, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    I had SO many of those suffocating masks!!! I also ended up using a lot of my Mother’s old outfits for costumes though too. Are you sure we aren’t the same person?

  6. Brae
    October 13, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    Oh, i miss those days of trick or treating and plotting our route- hanging out with friends and having such a great time! Now I go with my kids- it’s just as fun, but a different KIND of fun.

    I’m here from Mamakats. I’d love a visit back! Thanks!

  7. PaintsandPlaydough
    October 13, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    My mom used to make some pretty awesome Halloween costumes for me growing up, everything from Cleopatra to a lamb when I was a baby. I tried to make Brandon’s first Halloween costume last year…a little black cat but then he had a growth spurt the last two weeks after I finished the costume so he ended up having to wear an entirely different costume. I used to wear my mom’s old 70’s clothes too as costumes once I was older…they made the best costumes!

  8. Jessica
    October 13, 2011 | 10:59 pm

    This post so needs a picture to go along with it. I would have loved to see you in this costume.

  9. kateri
    October 14, 2011 | 3:04 am

    My parents didn’t believe in celebrating Halloween…so I never got the opportunity to wear one of those masks–or any other costumes for that matter. I’m picturing you in that brown jump suit and chuckling. It sounds like you had lots of fun and that you had a wonderful grandmother!

  10. Ginger
    October 14, 2011 | 7:20 am

    Picture would totally make this post perfect! 🙂

  11. Amber
    October 14, 2011 | 10:28 am

    We TOTALLY used pillow cases to trick or treat, too! LOL

  12. Cari
    October 15, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    Oh yes, plastic masks indeed. Thought they outlawed them until my son just chose a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume with A PLASTIC MASK!!! Just like fashion trends, guess it all comes back around.

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