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Happy Halloween!!

October 28, 2010 in General

Halloween is only a few days away and children (and parents) all around are scurrying to get ready for Halloween night.¬† Carving jack-o-lanterns, filling the Halloween candy bowl (and trying not to eat any) and finding the last minute touches for their costumes.¬† I have made costumes for my daughter in the past, but with a new baby in the house, I just couldn’t find the time, luckily I was able to borrow costumes from friends.

I remember when I was little, we never had store bought costumes, and it was always handmade either by us or Mom.  One year I wanted to be a present, so I gift wrapped the largest box I could find and Mom helped me make a great big bow, after cutting out a hole for my head and arms it was perfect.  I still remember how proud I felt trick or treating that Halloween.

Now being a parent, I have noticed that a lot of costumes are store bought.  I just wonder if the children will have the same meaning and memory of their childhood Halloween as I did.  I know that things have changed since I was little, but sometimes I think that a homemade costume holds much more meaning for the child as well as the parents.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the difficulties and time restraints within our busy lives and don’t look down on anyone who choose to purchase a costume for any reason.  If I wouldn’t have been able to borrow something, I would have been at the store too.

I would love to hear  about your favorite costume from your childhood or your child’s, or the your nightmare costume to make.

Handmade, borrowed, or store bought, I hope everyone has a safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

5 responses to Happy Halloween!!

  1. My god daughter( now age 11) lets me choose what to make every year and leading up to it’s arrival I send her clues. Her friends,her parents and their friends and work mates all try to guess what it will be. This year she was a chapstick but other years she was a bag of jelly beans, a fortune cookie with fortunes, a tv set with “me tube” t shirt, a die and a few others. Each year my engineering of the structure gets a little better. her mother has documented each year for me with a scrapbook page.

  2. My favorite was Little Bo Peep, My mother made this with ruffled pantaloons, bonnet, dress, and a staff. My brother was zorro and my sister one of the little pigs. I have pictures of my sisters, brother and I all dressed in handsewn costumes. I treasure the memories and the pictures.

  3. N Nebeker, that is wonderful!! I know that she will treasure and remember your love always. I love the scrapbook idea, I might have to start that for my children, then when they are grown it will be done and ready to pass on.

    Pat, that is great. I might have to make my daughter Little Bo Peep next year, with her little brother as one of the sheep.

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