When I was growing up, my family didn’t really participate in Halloween, so I don’t have a lot to draw on here.
I did dress up as Pippi Longstocking once, but I can’t remember much else in the way of childhood costumes.
However, the last few years, Mr. FG and I have been doing couple costumes on Halloween, and those have been pretty fun.
Probably my favorite was last year, when we were the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter from the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland.
To make it even better, Sonia dressed up as Alice!
My other favorite is the time that we were Flynn Rider and Rapunzel from Tangled.
I got a skillet from Goodwill and spray painted it black to accessorize my costume (cast iron would be too heavy to carry!) and I even got a haircut to mimic Rapunzel’s hair after it got chopped off.
And if you look closely at the photo above, you can see I have Pascal, the chameleon, on my shoulder.
I dressed up as a little kid for a couple years because I was forced to. I didn’t like walking around in the cold and getting candy that I would probably not eat (I didn’t have a huge sweet tooth as a kid and always preferred junk food like pretzels and chips.) Generally I would dress as a baseball player because it was the laziest costume imaginable. After wearing it three years in a row my mom let me stay home for Trick or Treat and I happily spent the evening avoiding Halloween.
Oh, so many! My Mom sewed us great costumes from Simplicity patterns. I remember several clowns, a flannel leopard, a witch, and a pioneer lady or old-fashioned lady. It was a big deal. I felt sorry for kids who had to wear packaged costumes, which looked ridiculously unlike the cartoon or TV characters they were advertised to be. Those costumes that now sell for $50 in antique stores! We didn’t wear masks, but used make-up, which was fun. Women’s magazines used to show how-tos. My last costume at age 11, when kids traditionally stopped Trick-or-Treating in Iowa, was a bum, as we called it. Several other friends and I wore old, beat-up clothes, maybe our Dad’s, and put dirt on our faces.
I feel sorry for kids who didn’t get to celebrate Halloween the way we did.
Ruth T says
Well… My favorite Halloween costume isn’t one I’ve worn, but one for my kids. We have a 2T koala bear costume and my kids look so stinking cute in it!!! My youngest will fit in it this year and I’m so excited. It’s adorable.
My favorite costumes were the three different clown costumes I made for our sons when they were 4,5 and 8. So stinkin’ cute!