Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!


Happy Halloween to all you ghouls and goblins! Halloween is a very popular holiday in our house. I must admit that I love it almost as much as my kids do. I still dress up. I went to the local costume shop--Spooky Town--to get our costumes this year. I ended up with a pirate costume and it took me a few tries to find one that covered my butt. Has anyone else noticed the trend in women's costumes? It's a slutty version of everything. Sheesh. At any rate, I ended up with a Pirate Wench...not the slutty wench.


In the past, I've made most of the boys' costumes but now that they're older they only want the store bought ones. For the past several years, William has been a Ninja of some kind. (The picture above was last years' Ninja) This year....Ninja again.
When I was a kid my Mom made all of our costumes--and they were really good! I always felt bad for the kids in my neighborhood that had the plastic masks. My Mom whipped up everything from Gypsies, to Jeannies (my little sister and I were both the real Jeannie--the pink one--neither of us would be her evil twin who wore blue), Wonder Woman, Punk Rockers and many, many more.
We also had to wear about 15 sweaters under our costumes....the Jeannie costume probably looked more the the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man with all the layers...but I loved it anyway.



I think my favorite costume as a kid (despite the layers of wool) was the "I Dream of Jeannie" year. Definitely a fave. My favorite costume for the boys was the Parrot, The Train or The Spider (that's Jack pictured above in the Spider costume). I think I had as much fun making them as the boys did wearing them.

How about you? What was your favorite Halloween costume?

20 comments:

  1. My son was a ninja one year. He also earned double black belts in two forms of martial arts! :) But Dracula was the longest running costume he loved to wear. I wore a $5 used ball gown--and was a princess, my favorite. One year I made the kids Star Trek costumes. That was fun, they they looked for real, except, no communicator button! :) I've been the mad hatter at work---huge mad hatter hat, that gives me a headache--which I'm sure give me a "mad" appearance!

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  2. While I love costumes in theory... In practice? Not so much.

    Nowadays, mostly I accessorize. Like, I have a lilac feather boa, and a sombrero, (not worn together of course.)

    My favorite accessory is a plastic tiara with a large purple star at the peak that lights up.

    Terry, you will be envious to know that I also have a Star Trek communicator button!

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  3. OMIGOSH, MM, that is just not fair!!! Hey, but does it work? :)

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  4. One of the last years I went trick or treating my mom bought me a frog custome. Hipperty Hopperty. I'm guessing it was one of the last large costumes left. I hated it, but needs must where chocolate is involved, so away I did hop. A couple nights later, I came home to find my dad had appropriated the parts of the costume that would fit him so he'd have something to wear to a costume party. Dad's version of Hipperty Hopperty gave new meaning to the term frog butt.

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  5. This year my grandkids were amazing ... I had a Cleopatra, a gyspy (which could be my favorite of all), several black cats, a red devil (she's in college), an Egyptian princess and a hockey star, just to name a few! And I was very glad their parents had to deal with getting them dressed and I didn't!

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  6. In 1976 I was an eagle. I made the costume myself - wore a brown leotard and tights, made feathered wings out of brown bags and attached them to my arms with string and paperclips, wore a white cap and made a beak out of construction paper. Ambitious, not particularly pretty, but definitely patriotic. I won the prize in the Halloween parade! ;) Happy Halloween!

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  7. Happy Halloween!

    My mom made a spider costume for my son one year (me and sewing don't get along). It was very similar to your son's costume, except had a red hourglass on the belly. One of my faves. I don't dress up anymore, but yes, I think Halloween has become the holiday where young (and not so young) women dress in revealing clothes without fear of ridicule.

    We WANTED the plastic mask costumes as kids. Not sure what was up with that.

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  8. I was never much on Halloween, I think my mother ruined it for me when she maid my go as the toothless fairy when I was six years old. I've been stigmatized ever since.

    The best costume I ever had was, I thought, ingenious in it's simplicity. I was a Tampon. White makeup, sheet and tights, with a big rope hanging from the bottom. Just stay away from red wine.

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  9. Terry--I love the Star Trek costume idea. I may have to try and get the boys to do that next year.

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  10. Mary Margaret--I too am jealous of the communicator button. Where can I get one?

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  11. Carolyn--Your Grandchildren sound like a lot of fun. My Mom loves seeing the boys dressed up too but doesn't miss the shennanigans that go into getting everyone dressed.

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  12. Grace--Your Dad sounds like a lot of fun. I remember one year my parents went to a costume party as Little Bo Peep and her sheep. My Dad (who is about 6' 4") was dressed as an enormous sheep. It was hysterical!

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  13. Judi--I love your creativity! Pictures?

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  14. Olivia all my girlfriends told me the same thing--they all really, really wanted the store bought cosutmes!

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  15. Robin...that tampon costume idea is great. LOL.

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  16. Terry and Sara,

    Sorry. The communicator was a birthday present. Many, many years ago. I have no idea where it was bought.

    Terry wants to know does it work. Well, to date Scotty has not answered my pleas to "Beam me up." I have not given up all hope, though I suspect its range is limited--probably to those in the same room as me.

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  17. Sara, I LOVED the Star Trek costumes, they were a lot of fun.

    MM--okay, I don't feel so badly if you have a communicator that doesn't work. However, watch out, or you may have one that actually works for the crew on Galaxy Quest. They had to eat some rough stuff on that ship!

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  18. VERY SCARY! I guess my favorite was a samurai costume I made for my son Mike when he was a senior in high school. The fabric cost a small fortune, but he looked pretty cool!

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  19. there's a picture somewhere, but I'd have to go digging. No clue where it is.

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  20. Hi Sara! Love the spider costume. And yes, I've noticed the trend in women's costumes as well. Fortunately, I had my Victorian gown from RT's fairy ball to wear this year. :}

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