Happy Halloween! Although it’s not technically Halloween, today is the day that all of us who have stuff to do during the week get to revert to our childhoods and play around in costumes.
When I was younger, I always was so excited for Halloween, mainly for the candy, but every year I was ready to go trick-or-treating. It faded away in high school, but college brought back my childishness full force, as it so often does. And I would go all out from hair-dye to color contacts, my costumes very fully planned out months in advance.
This year I was trying to come up with another costume, and while downstairs shuffling through our storage room, I found old photos of us when we were younger in costumes. Talk about a trip down memory lane. I had completely forgotten that I had worn some of these, and others I wish I could forget. Specifically, that last one on this post. How did all of you feel about Halloween growing up? Any strange costumes that you did or ones that may have been a little too planned out?
Raggedy Ann + Raggedy Sarah
I have no idea how this came to be, but one year both my sister and I ended up in the same costume. The funny part of this year wasn’t that we had the same costume. Sometimes it’s just easier to do especially when kids are young. The real kicker of this entire thing is that my sister’s name is Anne. She goes by Annie more so than Anne but still. Looking back at this picture kind of has become like watching a little kids TV show. Once in a while there was always that ‘distant relative’ that comes to visit, who of course looks almost identical to the main character. Like Blue’s Clues with Steve and Joe. So here is Raggedy Ann and her cousin, twice removed, Raggedy Sarah. Hardly can tell their related, right?
The Cowardly Lion
One thing that I will always remember from Halloween time is that when we were young my mom made a lot of our costumes. This one was one of the ones my brother had worn before me and of course wanting to mimic everything an older sibling did, I had to be it too. The kicker of this costume is that it is made for a 4-year-old, but years later when I was in 4th grade, I was in a production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and of course was the cowardly lion. Thus this costume came out of retirement. We did give it a belt with a little razor on it because obviously it no longer fit correctly and anywhere below my knees or elbows was bare.
T-Rex + Bitty Baby Bear
This is another one of the costumes that my mom had made for my older brother when he was younger (and actually for this Halloween… He is now 27). I, of course, had to dress up my Bitty Baby as well. Did any of you have one of these when you were younger? I cared for mine as though it was my actual child, probably for much longer than I was expected to. The reason I had to include this one in this post is that the very first year this was worn it was pouring rain. If you look at the tail it is solid stuffing. So take a moment to imagine how fast that tail absorbed the water and how heavy that thing became for a 5-year-old to haul around. My parents had to get a wagon just for the tail.
THE NEVER ENDING HIPPY PHASE
Now This is where I have to basically end this trip down memory lane. Not because I have no more pictures or I’m embarrassed by any of the photos. Maybe a bit. But from 2004 to 2009 I was a hippy every single year, without fail. To give you some perspective, I was a hippy from about age 10 until I was 15. Between that time, I changed the base costume only once. As I grew, my mom added panels to the bottoms to make them longer and eventually one was basically right on the butt to make the pants wider. That costume was looking like Frankenstein towards the end. Just a mishmash of fabrics. Also, I have to just point out my little sister’s look and stance in the top photo. Proof that the baby has been servin’ up looks and attitude since 2004.