Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween

Happy Halloween Eve, everyone. I found this picture online. It is a painting by Ray Bradbury to illustrate his book, The Halloween Tree. I had no idea he could paint too. It's lovely, isn't it?

Not a whole lot going on here. No kids costumes to make and very few trick or treaters anymore. How sad. I know if I was a parent of a little one, the trick or treating would have to be chaperoned and probably a party would be more practical. Was our generation the last one who could totally go wild on Halloween when we were kids? It was OUR night. We literally had the run of the whole town. We could trick or treat anywhere and everywhere in our small town as long as we were done by 9:00 sharp when the fire station whistle blew. Good times. It was my favorite holiday and I was trying today to remember my favorite costume. I was thinking of this when I was out running errands today and I drove by a fender-bender. Minor. No one was hurt just a young guy and the Easter Bunny waiting on the side of the road for the police to show up. I wasn't fast enough with my camera. Sorry.

My favorite costume was easy. The nun. It was a great costume. It was so realistic that back in the 60's when I wore it - quite a few people were shocked. So much so that candy was denied me and our mother received a few pithy phone calls the next day. People don't shock like they used to. The costume was "real". I mean that it was made for a stage play. It was handed down to me from a friend of my mother's who let her daughter wear it a few years prior. Before that it came from "I don't know where" but the other girl's uncle did act on Broadway and the movies. Very heady stuff for the 1960's Midwest. Here I am before going out to trick or treat.
What was your favorite costume? Comment before midnight Sunday November 1st (ooooohhh, spooky!) and you could win 3 yards of our now beloved and very hard to find "Scaredy Cat" fabric.

Laurie

76 comments:

Sherri said...

Favorite costume...I've made so many for my kids over the years...Ninja Turtle, Spiderman, witches, gypsies,princesses, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, but my favorite was the "Rose" dress I made my daughter one year...just like the dress from the movie Titanic. I spent hours and hours on that dress!

Kathy said...

OK...I'll be the first to answer...even if there is little chance to win anything....someone has to be first! My favorite costume was a 'Pluto' costume from Walt Disney fame that I had when I was about 10 or 12. I t was my first REAL costume..not homemade. And it was not made like todays' paper-ish fabrics with cheapie masks. I was Pluto and my sister was Donald Duck. We wanted to Be Donald and Daisy, but 'Daisy' did not fit me (they had run out of my size). Not long after that, I was too cool to go out tirck or treating.

Oh, my...and YES...the Fire Station siren...at 8:45 they would blow the warning and 9:00 we all had to be off the streets!

Such good memories!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

My friend, Kay, and I dressed up like hobos and were so good that the kid who ran the little gas station in our town, shot us in the bums with a BB gun ~ he thought we boys that were harrassing him!!!

And you're right ~ those were the goold old days ~ when we could run free and not worry about who was going to 'get' us!!

Thanks for the drawing!! And you made a lovely nun!!

Jacque said...

Being raised Catholic in the 60's in a little Iowa town I can appreciate your comments on the nun costume.. would have gotten the same reaction here .. LOL.

We pretty much went out as bums or hobo's most years - lots of layers to stay warm and no investment on Mom's part for a costume. Loved getting all the candy, never worried about it being poisoned, or having razor blades in it. Oh those were the years.
Pls enter me into the drawing for your wonderful fabric

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Kathryn said...

I loved going to a party as a 1920's flapper one year (I was in my 20's, not a little kid). Anything to avoid wearing a mask - I hate those things. Kathie L.

Vickie E said...

I was Dorothy from Wizard of Oz...that was my favorite..

badlandsquilts said...

My favorite costume (that was for me) was either the rich witch...my moms circa 50s glitzy black sweater set with a hat or my star wars princess leia... (angel costume borrowed from the church with a blaster made out of a bakers chocolate box/aluminum foil) Now I have to get back to work to finish sewing Obi-Wan Kenobi!

Janet said...

When I was about 6 my Mom made my brother and I Cookie Monster costumes with ping pong ball eyes. The best part to me now though is that she made one for my Dad too and he wore it while we went trick or treating all around the neighborhood in our small town :0)

Robyn *Ü* said...

one year my sister and I were angels. I still have the picture. It's cute. my mother made simple costumes from white bed sheets and tin foil halos.

Cheri C. said...

My "pre-Alzhiemer's" doesn't allow me to remember that much detail of costumes, but I have to comment on your nun outfit. I am shocked to find out that you were denied candy. My how things have changed. Sometimes, however, I would like to go back to that day and age where we did have full reign of the neighborhood. And, yes, as long as we were home by 9pm. Take me back...

Kwiltsfl said...

Gosh - I don't remember many of my costumes! Either I'm older than dirt or I have a bad memory! I think I was a black cat one year. I do remember taking a sliver of soap and writing on a teacher's car with it. He saw us out there (but thankfully, not who we were) and ran out and started his car. We ran like the dickens down backyards to get away. Fun times.

Sheila said...

Ohhhhhh...such nice memories bubbling up. We had a neighbor - Mrs. Vest - who I remember dressed every year as a witch and would dispense treats from out of a big ol' black cauldron pot on her porch. Loved it when the grown ups would join in the fun and dress up too. My own fave costume was a bride from an old formal bought at a yard sale and drapery sheers made a veil and train. Plenty of fabric to layer up under against the cold - and wore white go go boots with two pair of socks. The best part was getting to wear make up!

PamKittyMorning said...

As a kid we were hobos and gypsies. My parents walked us around the neighborhood, and no fire whistle. And they edited all our candy before we got it. You had all the luck.

My fav costume for Frankie was a scarecrow costume. No one 'got it' and thought she was a farmer. Losers.

Kris Miller said...

My favorite costume was a clown suit that my mom made for me and my sister. It was sewn from red and white flannel and had big red yarn pom-poms going down the front. She made a clown "wig", which was really a big headband made from a nylon stocking and then she sewed loopy red yarn all around it so it looked like hair. We would slip that on our head and wear a clown hat over it. Halloween was the only time of year when we were allowed to play in my mother's make-up box...oh how we loved it! And I too am from the era when we were allowed to run all over the neighborhood on October 31st. All the neighbors knew who you were and who your parents were. The next-door neighbor was a dentist and he passed out apples. There was never any mistrust in the candy or treats that you collected in your bucket or bag.

Sharon said...

My fav was when I was in highschool and I went as Ronald McDonald. I didn't tell anyone what I was dressing as and NOT ONE person at the school dance knew who I was until I won the prize! Dancing in those shoes was tough!

Robin said...

My favorite costume was when my sister and I were dressed up as Carmen Miranda. My mother made us little tops with ruffles on the sleeves (bare midriff) and the skirt had a modest slit with lots of ruffles. She wrapped a matching bath towel around our heads and pinned her magical Eisenberg jewelry all around it. We also got to wear false eyelashes. I'll have to post that picture on my blog tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I think the costume I remember the most was 'Pipi Longstockings'. My Grandma made it for me and at the time that was my favorite book too.
Jill

Helen said...

When I was a child, my favorite costume was my princess costume that my mother made me, complete with pointed hat with a chiffon scarf. I wore that costume several times until it no longer fit.

Karin said...

My favorite Halloween costume was one I made for one of girls. It was during the "Cabbage Patch Kids" era and I made her a cabbage. There must have been dozens of green leaves. I wonder if she enjoyed it as much as I di-probably not-she was 5 at the time!

RC said...

My favorite costume was the year I was a nurse for my cousin who broke both her legs. She was my patient. For my kids, my daughters first costume as a woodland fairy at age 9 months and my son as Buzz Lightyear, which took me hours and hours to make. He loved that costume and wore it out before he outgrew it.

Margaret said...

Boy, I had to think about this one. I think my favorite costume when I was little was an angel costume my mother made for me. It was really soft as I recall, and pretty too. I loved it! My favorite costume as far as my kids go was probably the year my son was tiny and I dressed him as Tigger. :D So warm and fuzzy!

MJinMichigan said...

Wow I'm surpiseed by the reaction to your costume. I wore a very realistic nun's habit one year and everyone commented that I was such a nice Catholic girl. That was in the late 60s in Detroit.
I still have some of your Halloween line and would love to win the 3 yard piece to use with it.

Susan said...

My mother made me be a tomato for Halloween when I was 8. Hated it, but it is the most memorable!

Vicky said...

My mother couldn't sew, so it was either put a sheet over my head and call it good, or wear the current year's dance costume. (Going for pity here!) Looking back, I think my favorite was the mallard duck!! Halloween was such fun back in the old days! :)

Debi in YL,CA said...

Laurie - My favorite costume was a hobo, with a pillow under one of my Dad's old black and white flannel shirts, some fireplace soot on my face and hands and a red bandana at the end of a stick, I was all set.

scottylover said...

We had the run of the neighborhood, too growing up! Can't imagine kids going door to door anymore.

My favorite costume was a giraffe. I still had it up until 8 years or so ago, when it got wet. I think it was my first "store bought" costume, just an acetate "coverall" with giraffe spots and a hard plastic face mask with little giraffe horns. Wish I had a picture of me in it!

Sandy A in St. Louis

Anna Fogg said...

My fav for me is a 'copycat'. I like simplistic costumes, so I just wear ears and a painted cat face. I go up to each person and do everything they do and say until I make them scream with frustration. And they really look at me and most finally exclaim, "Oh gee whiz, you're a CopyCat!" And then cackle with the wit of it. My daughter this year tied a clock and a bottle with a string and wore them as a necklace....time in a bottle!
~anna in md, right near my hometown in DC, a kind of funky quilting mom to 7, www.bohemiancotton.blogspot.com/

Nancy said...

my girls - the first costume I made was a clown costume.

my son - he demanded to go as superman one year. Unfortunately the only superman item he wanted to wear was his Superman underwear!!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

My fav costume of mine was probably "hippie". Fun to put together, to wear, and not much to buy. For my children my fav costume was a "spider" I made with multiple legs sewn to each side of the costume and attached at the ends by nylon thread so they all moved together! Thanks for the chance, I love Scaredy Cat.

Jen in NY said...

Honestly, I don't really remember my costumes...they were all boxed with a plastic mask, nothing too exciting. But a friend in college went as "the windblown man"...he gelled his hair straight back, made his coat billow out behind him with some contraption, and stuck newspapers to his legs. It was just hysterical.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

The costume I remember wearing every year and that pasted down to my sisters was a skeleton out fit--also black--we lived way out in the country--but we still did go some years--it was a real treat back them as we did not get candy during the year like the kids do now!!!!
Happy Halloween to you too!!
I will be home alone too!!!
Hugs, Di PS I am fairly new to your site--but you are now on my blog list--so I will be back often???

Anonymous said...

Last year, I dressed as a scarecrow for a neighborhood party. It was a simple costume to do - raffia at my wrist and ankles as well as a round my head. Plaid shirt, jeans with patches and a straw hat with a crow perched on the top. No one could recognize me. I had so much fun fooling everybody.

Charlotte S
no blog

WoolenSails said...

That is a hard one, I really have to think back a lot of years;) We never got store costumes, so my favorite costume was my Grandfathers old clothes and the hobo look. He always had plenty of hats for me to wear too.

Debbie

Sue in MI said...

My favorite costume was the one I wore in Kindergarten. I was Little Bo Peep. Our neighbor made the costume for her daughter when she was a little girl. She new how much I loved the nursery rhyme and let me wear the costume. I remember I got to carry a shepherd's crook that had a pink ribbon on it.

Malmbergs said...

I don't ever remember a store bought costume - all ours were homemade, either sewed by Mom or just pulled together from whatever we had around the house. They all just must have been ordinary because I can't recall a favorite. I too, loved being able to roam the neighborhood without fear and then come home and dump out our loot on the carpet and divide everything up. Sooo fun.

Janelle J said...

Wow! My mom made me a nun's costume when I was maybe 12. The full habit and everything. It sure was original and I haven't seen many since. I watched The Sound of Music over and over though. I did win a prize for a scarecrow one year, which was nice for my mom since she made all mine. What a trooper! Love the Scaredy Cat fabric. I still have some favorites in my stash!

Anonymous said...

You look so cute in your nun costume. The nuns in my husband's family would be chuckling. My favorite costume was one my mother made for me in kindergarten. I was a princess with a cone shaped hat and veil, a blue dress with sparkly overlay and she let me wear my church shoes to finish off the outfit. I loved that costume!
~Joyce in MI

Anonymous said...

I was a rebellious 15 yr old and I went trick or treating as Alice Cooper , only I am all girl hehehehe.
But it was scary in Coopertino Ca .1976.

Anonymous said...

sorry that was meant to say Cupertino Ca. oooops

Rafael's Mum said...

When my son was still in primary school, about 6 yrs old, he needed to dress up for bookweek. He was learning to read and in his alpahabet book the letter "K" was represented by a King kicking a football (Kicking King). I made him a red cape (lined and all) and a crown. The cape had a broad rim to represent fur and had little black "k"'s all over it. I remember spending many an evening drawing little k's on felt, cutting them out and sticking them on the rim,then securing them... An enormous work! but it was worth it seeing him wear it!

terry said...

my favorite costume is my brothers firecracker. he made it out of a lage box with a small cutout to barely see and painted it red. it was so long he could hardly walk and couldn't keep up with the rest of us. he could hardly see and fell in the ditch and then couldn't get up! what a great memory.

Kelly Ann said...

It seems like I was always going out as a hobo but as a young women in my 20's with the help of my mother (nope didn't sew then) made a Raggedy Ann costume and went out as a pregnant Raggedy Ann...kind of funny at the time. BTW...when you wore the nun costume did you say give me candy and you'll go to heaven give me no candy and you'll go to he*&...just wondering...LOL

Susan said...

With all of the weirdo's in the in world now, NO, trick or treating isn't the same nor are the costumes. The costumes truly used to be about creativity and what you could make, not what you could buy...Loved my costumes best the year that they were worn, there isn't a favorite in the bunch since every year was a new favorite....happy spooky day...Susan

Anonymous said...

my favorite was dressing up as a witch....like you said, back in the 60s, Holloween, was "good times"!
Bev/Mo

rebecca said...

Some friends and I dressed up as the individual fruit of the loom fruits. Way too funny!! Someone was too creative and we did fit into a pair of over-sized briefs!!

Maria said...

When I was in high school, my date and I went as a caveman and cavewoman. I used fake fur. Of course I was 16 and had a perfect figure (now long gone!) and my dress was really cute, with the bottom cut all ragged. We won first prize that year. My sewing ability paid off already then!

Debra said...

I was "Isadora Duncan" one year (as an adult) long flowing scarf and all!

Emma said...

In the'50s my older brother dressed up like a woman with a realistic rubber mask of a sexy gal with beautiful RED lips. I loved that mask and wore it at halloween for many years. It finally fell apart like an old rubber band. Fun memories.....

kjb139 said...

My favorite costue was 'Libby the Lion'! Do you remember him from cartoons? its was great!

Kathy in
Massachusetts

Anonymous said...

My favorite costume was made by me for my sister in the early 70's. I was 16, she was 8 and I could talk her into all kinds of hijinks. I made a paper mache Nixon mask and she wore her most masculine pants, a blazer, shirt and tie. An amazing resemblance we thought, even though she was about 4 feet tall. I'm pretty sure she was denied candy too.

Lindy said...

the ugly witch... from Sleeping beauty....it took hours to get all the makeup off...

Judy H. said...

When I was in middle school, I dressed up as a punk rocker for school one year (too old to go out trick-or-treating). I got a "cooler" friend to help me. Ratted my hair, wore a very long t-shirt as a mini-dress, black lipstick and nail polish, chain for a necklace -- and people I'd gone to school with since first grade didn't recognize me!! Teachers started to ask who the new student in class was until they realized I was sitting in my assigned seat! It was great!

I remember trick-or-treating in the late 70s/early 80s. We were careful about what treats we got and had parents go with us, but were otherwise still a lot more worry-free than today. We knew our neighbors and looked forward to seeing what everyone was wearing and giving out. One lady always made popcorn balls. Now, no one would be allowed to eat them. So sad.

Sharon S said...

Pumpkin. You know those big orange leaf bags? Add some green tights and a green stocking cap/ski mask (only my eyes & mouth showed). the best part was no one knew who I was!

Rosie said...

I was a child during the 40's and 50's and I still remember going house to house for candy. It was just "us kids" and our parents didn't have to go with us. We had a curfew and only went in our neighborhood. My favorite costume was a harem girl. I thought I was hot stuff! Now, I live in an area where there are not many kids and what ones we do get come with their parents in cars. Times were more gentle when I was young.

quiltfriend said...

My favorite costume was on I made for my daughter -- Dorthy from the wizard of oz complete with basket and doggy - she was BEAUTIFUL! still is even though she's a zombie this year...... I also enjoyed a group of costumes I made years ago.. M&M bags - I was a plain bag of M&M's - Hubby was a peanut bag of M&M's and my son who was just a little one was a single Red M&M... What a cute bunch we made!
Karen in Michigan!

Too bad it's going to be ucky for the kids this year.....

Trisha said...

My favorite my mother made for me was a fried egg! It was pretty funny! I sew for my 2 kids every year; this year my daughter is a gypsy! A very cute 8 yr old gypsy, made from calico's. I have an aversion to kids dressing way older then their years! Where we live 12 yr olds still trick or treat...my son chose to be a yellow crayon...an big 12 yr old crayon! Funny huh? But he broke his leg and no longer has any desire to go out on crutches! My all time facorites for my kids are an LSU cheerleader when my daughter was 3 and buzz lightyear for my son when he was 5!

I am a quilter said...

wearing my Dads black formal coat that was his in college...they were tails and I had a blast wearing them... Emily Gail

Cara said...

My favorite costume was the last one my mom made me when I was 12 or 13. I still wear it for Halloween as I was full grown then.

My daughter is going out trick or treating tonight, albeit with Daddy as chapereon.

L. Gray said...

I was 10 years old and my aunt painted a perfect replica of a Band-Aid box on a cardboard box and cut holes for my arms and head. That was by far my favorite costume...a box of Band-Aids! I was invited into so many homes and photographed by neighbors. Thanks for the memories!!

Mary said...

My favorite costume as a kid was Raggedy Ann and my brother was Raggedy Andy. My mom made the costumes and we had the striped socks and the yarn hair. My favorite costume I made for my kids, and I made quite a few over the years, was a huge fish that my son wore. It was blue and had sparkles all over it.
Happy Halloween!

Robin said...

I remember going as Casper the Ghost back in the 60's. The costume came in a cardboard box with a see thru top. Lots of colors on the box! What fun my sister and I had. Those were the days!

SheilaS said...

My "kid" costumes, I don't remember. All I remember is that my mom always worked and so she didn't have time to make a costume and so she would purchase one of those tacky plastic ones from the five and dime. But after I was an adult and working at a retail store, for our Halloween Day dress-up I made a X-mas tree costume out of green netting and then I sewed X-mas balls all over it and I had a star for a headpiece and I thought I looked "swell". Of course I couldn't sit down the whole day!

di said...

My favorite was the year my older brother used boxes and tape and made me into a Robot. It was fun, but a heck of a hard time getting around in and out of!!!!!

blop said...

I actually was a nun, myself one year except I was pregnant! It was when I was in college and it was tasteful..not, but very funny...back in the day!!

Paulette said...

My favorite costume was a fabulous lion ....with a "real" mane and a tail with a wire that made it up and bouncy. I loved that costume. I remember being able to wear it more than one year, and still played in the mane and tail for years after when the body no longer fit. It was a soft tawny flannel, but the BEST part was the mane. ROAR.

Shirl said...

Growing up my costumes were never made, but thrown together from old clothes from the rag bag. But, I sewed many costumes for my kids and my favorite was the Tootsie Roll costumes. They were the cutest! My kids, now in their 30's, still talk about those costumes.

Melisa @ Sweet Home said...

My favorite costume was the year my toddler son was a bunch of grapes! Used a big plastic dry cleaning bag, stuffed with inflated purple balloons, and made a green felt leaf "cap" - I still drag out the pictures every year (and he's 25 now!)

Anonymous said...

My favorite costume when I was a girl was using sheets our Mom donated to us and going as ghosts or making a whole new costume out of one sheet! Those were the days! Linda of rgranch

Carol Sc said...

What little Caholic girl could resist wearing a "nun" costume?! ...and, it does look like the real thing. Do I detect a little mischief shining from those eyea? You brought back good memories of trick or treating in a Midwest town --- isn't it too bad that we no longer have that luxury?Being a girl(and a tomboy), my favorite costume was dressing up as a MSU football player --- sorry Michigan fans.

Mary said...

My favorite had to be the year my Mom made me a Japanese Geisha girl costume complete with the sash and little Pillow thingy for the back. I had black flip flops and the "split toe socks to go with. We put my hair in a bun and sprayed it black with that wash out hair spray stuff. Loved, loved, loved it. I went to Catholic School, so most years the nuns dictated that we portray saints, but the year I was a Geisha we had "free choice" I never minded being a saint as I was always the BVM, my name being Mary and all...Anyway, good memories of my favorite holiday. We had lots of Treaters last night as there are young families in our neighborhood now.

Linda said...

I loved dressing in my Mom's campfire girl indian maiden outfit...made by her in 1927.My next favorite Halloweens were when I made costumes for my 3 kids and yes my girls each had a turn as the indian maiden. Our neighborhood has a kid friendly party/bar-b-que and then they go trick or treat in a big group and the moms sit at home handing out candy and visiting with the other neighbors as they come by with their children. Very social. Linda SoCal

HollyC said...

Because I have three kids, I have made alot of costumes over the years. We had Woody (from Toy Story), Scooby Doo, Stitch (Lilo and Stitch), Cheerleader, Kitty Cat, Princess, just to name a few. My favorite costume had to be the one that my mother made for me. It was just a simple Scarecrow. My elementary school had a costume contest and I won 1st place. I was only in first grade, but remember it like it was yesterday. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Cathy M said...

Mine was the queen of hearts. I did however make my children monkey and bunny costumes that were pretty cute.

lovetostitch said...

All of my costumes were last minute, but I have made several for my daughter. I made 2 clown outfits once for my neighbor and I to walk around with the kids and we got a lot of funny comments - my clown hat was a very stretched over the head crocheted toilet paper hider that looked like a hat.... it really was funnier than I can discribe!!!
You looked adorable, but was not convincing, which probably why your mother got so many calls - hahaha - just kidding!!!

Christy said...

My favorite costume for myself has to be my cindi Lauper costume back in the eighties when I was about 7 years old. I had the funky gloves, wig, braclets, off-the-shoulder shirt, etc. What can I say...Girls just wanna have fun!

My other favorite was a few years ago, when my son was a monkey! He is such a monkey in reality that it just looked perfect! He even carried around a banana!

Happy late Halloween and Happy November everybody!

Ruby said...

My favorite costume(s) was the one I wore 23 years ago when my youngest son was in preschool. I made us Mickey and Minnie costumes. Can you believe my now 26 year old borrowed my minnie costume for this halloween!!! He fit into, I don't anymore!

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