Halloween just isn’t what it used to be for me. I’ve definitely done my fair share of trick-or-treating. In fact, growing up in Ohio, we used to dress up and go out as early as possible all around the neighborhood and fill a large paper grocery bag with candy until it was so full that we could barely carry it. Then we’d go back home, just to get another empty bag and head out again. My favorite house to go to was the one that gave out hot apple cider and fresh donuts! Mmmmm…
As a youngster, part of the fun of Halloween was figuring out what kind of costume to have my mom make. She never used a pattern and NEVER bought those cheesy costumes with the stiff plastic masks from the 5 and Dime store. We always came up with unique ideas and she just figured out a way to make it work. I guess that’s what you do when you have 6 kids and not a lot of money or ways to get to the store.
I’ll admit that one year she got a little TOO creative and decided that I should be Mother Nature for Halloween. Now what would you imagine Mother Nature to look like? She decided that I should have leaves sewn all over my leotard (which later became dead and brown) and that’s all I remember of it. I also recall that my sister was a beautiful sparkly silver Christmas package with a huge red bow in her hair that year and she won a prize for the prettiest costume at our neighborhood Halloween Party. People just kept looking at me and asking, “What are you supposed to be?” (Not my most fun Halloween to be sure.)
I do know how to get in the Halloween spirit, as evidenced by this photos of me as an adult. I’m the scarecrow on the left and yes, my belly was stuffed with straw. This was at California Institute of the Arts where I worked in the Accounting office. My boss, Christina (on the right) was so excited about Halloween that she would take vacation days just to decorate the office. We won the CalArts contest almost every year for the best decorated office on campus. She was the mastermind of it all. I was just there to help. That was in the mid-90’s and may have been the last time I dressed up for Halloween.
I have had a lot of fun continuing the tradition of creative costume designs with our kids too. It was always a challenge for them to come up with an idea and for us to make something from nothing. Often times it was a matter of some thrift store shopping with a few alterations, props, accessories or make up. Other times it was just whatever we could do to bring an idea to life. As they got older they created their own costumes and they were much more creative than I ever was.
These last 2 shots are the first time we dressed Amy up for Halloween. She was 17 months old and I debated and debated about whether to do anything. On Halloween Day I decided it would be fun, so we went down the street to the nearby Salvation Army Thrift store and I bought her whole costume. I love the one of her looking at her own face in the mirror.
So for those who love this holiday, have an awesome spooky day! I’m perfectly content to decorate for Autumn and avoid all that scary stuff. I enjoy watching others celebrate the holiday and that’s good with me.
In fact at the very moment when this is scheduled to post, Terry and I will be on our way to North Carolina to visit his Dad and wife, so we’ll pretty much miss Halloween altogether unless they have trick-or-treaters at their house. But we’re o.k. with that.
Have a Happy Halloween everyone!