Happy Halloween everyone! This holiday got me thinking about the best costumes I ever had. When I was a kid, I loved dressing up. When I got older, I made some of my costumes. So I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. When I was 5, I was an angel and my little sister was a devil. My costume was made out of a sheet with gold rick-rack trim and gold cardboard wings. I went trick-or-treating with my best friend, Cindy Garfit who dressed as a goldfish. My sister was really small and kept losing her plastic pitchfork along the way. We had to backtrack to find it.
One year, I decided to dress as a bunch of grapes. I dyed a sheet purple, then cut out cardboard circles, glued wadded up newspaper to the front of them, and covered them with pieces of the purple sheet. All of this was stapled together to form a sandwich board-type costume that rested on my shoulders. Apparently, I thought balloons were too easy.
Then there’s the pumpkin costume my mom made me, again from a dyed sheet. I remember the body was stuffed with newspaper, I wore orange tights and had a green posterboard stem hat. I sense a sheet theme here. Guess all my costumes were really sheet-y! Sorry, couldn’t resist.
When I was a senior in high school we all dressed up and paraded around the gym. I was a gangster. I found an old pinstriped suit of my dad’s, wore a hat, and carried a violin case. Not terribly hard, but it was comfortable. In college I was dracula one year. I got a floor-length cape from the theatre department, wore a white tuxedo shirt, black pants and a red scarf around my waist. My hair was really short so I slicked it back and painted it black with this hairspray paint. It was so messy! It took forever to get that crap out of my hair, ears, clothes, room. Still, it was a great costume.
So, what were your favorite costumes? What are you (or your kids) going as this year?