My Favorite Halloween Costumes

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

My Halloweens

Can fun be serious? Most certainly, Halloween is serious fun to me. Halloween was for kids when I was a kid but now that I’m an adult it’s for adults! It seems Halloween has grown with me. The anticipation of that holiday starts with me in July when I begin plotting my costume. I say plotting because it is more than just a costume, it’s an event in itself. What to wear that will look good, be influential, and kids of all ages will recognize? Its important to me that kids know who I am dressed as...even if they don't know me.

Kids come to my house in droves. Well, maybe not in droves but we do get around 300 kids each Halloween. People I have never seen before ask if it’s okay to take my picture. Hmm, why don’t they ask that when I don’t have a costume on? Point being, I need to have a costume that will impress children of all ages. Something new and interesting each year. By the way Halloween has been popular since the 16th Century and dressing up in costumes dates back to the Middle Ages! Different Halloween customs have been picked up throughout the ages from pumpkin carving and trick or treating to wearing costumes.

The costume needs to be something kids will recognize as I've already said twice. Dressing like Marilyn Monroe would certainly not influence or appeal to a 5 year old and may be a little too risque. Disney personalities are always a good choice. Kids of all ages recognize them no matter how new or old they may be. It is easy to say that my coup de grace was Cruella deVille. I use photos from that Halloween on the back of my greeting cards and for a while as my profile picture on Hub Pages. It isn’t vanity that spurs that usage, it’s just that it was a good costume loved by all. I worked in a school district and was allowed to wear my costumes to work every Halloween. I was also allowed to go the Middle School and greet the students as they exited their bus. The day of Cruella deVille, a young autistic boy got off the bus and grabbed my arm in total ecstasy. Cruella was his favorite character and he was thrilled to meet her. He even drew a picture of himself with Cruella. Another special ed student just loved the costume. Though it was almost 10 years ago he still calls me Cruella. The children that came to my house that evening were just as thrilled. So many walked up my walkway and said with glee, I know who you are, you’re Cruella. Of course, I did have to answer questions about the dalmatians.


Batgirl was another hit, who doesn’t know Batgirl. I was able to pull it off because of the eye mask and wig. You need to know these costumes began when my children were young but once my children were grown I was able to spend the proper amount of time preparing for Halloween, my earlier costumes were not as "authentic looking". When they were young I was usually a witch or some scary entity. It delighted my children and my children were available to hand out candy if I scared a small child. I once had two little boys stand at the end of my driveway and argue over who was going to go up to my house and get the candy. I called my husband (not in costume) to come out and give them their candy. Each costume I wear needs to be as realistic as I can possibly make it and needs to be make me as unrecognizable as possible. Storm, from Xmen was really a good one. I think the white contact lenses added to the mystique. People I’ve known all my life didn’t know who I was. I had to prepare and break in the contacts before Halloween but it was a blast. The movie had just been popular so Storm was well known at the time. Each costume I wear includes a wig and usually tons of makeup. Storm wasn’t the only time I wore contact lenses. When I was Mother Nature I was able to find contact lenses that looked like flowers, orange with black daisies. Very cool.

When I was the Statue of Liberty I had everything green, even my shoes and fingernails, and carried the book and light. At one point during Halloween evening I was standing on my front porch just kind of “vegging” with the book in one hand and the torch in the other. A young couple with a baby in a stroller walked up my walkway. As they approached I moved to get the candy and they screamed and jumped. They thought I was a statue. The kids knew who I was having seen the statue or at least pictures of it.

It’s all about the kids. Having them come year after year to see who I am for Halloween. Having them recognize my character and be so proud of themselves when they do. I don’t think I’ve had a year yet when they can’t recognize my character. They may hem and haw a bit and say are you so and so but they love the challenge as much as I do. They are so happy when they get it right! I can often hear kids before they approach my house saying, "Hey, look over there! Look who's at that house."

Halloween should be fun for everyone, with or without costumes. I just believe dressing up and thrilling the kids makes it more fun for me.

Ghoulies and ghosties come out tonight
It's the night of the year to give folk a fright
So dress in all your frightening gear
To make everyone scream and run off in fear

Margmax 2010

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins | Source

You really don't have to spend a lot of money to have a cool costume. Second hand stores and the Salvation Army store often offer a variety of clothes you can make into just about anything. Make up can be purchased in Walmart, cheap Halloween make up will work if you apply it right. You may already have the props you need, like the umbrella I used when I was Mary Poppins.

The Queen from Snow White was another favorite of mine and is my current HubPages profile picture. Pick a character, famous or not, many a witch has flown by on Halloween to the delight of all. Enjoy your day and have a Happy Halloween!!

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Halloween Through the Years

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Storm from XMenStorm - check the eyes!Malificent from Sleeping BeautyCruella deVilleMother NatureMarge Simpson - eyes were tennis balls cut in half.An earlier witch costume
Storm from XMen
Storm from XMen | Source
Storm - check the eyes!
Storm - check the eyes! | Source
Malificent from Sleeping Beauty
Malificent from Sleeping Beauty | Source
Cruella deVille
Cruella deVille | Source
Mother Nature
Mother Nature | Source
Marge Simpson - eyes were tennis balls cut in half.
Marge Simpson - eyes were tennis balls cut in half. | Source
An earlier witch costume
An earlier witch costume | Source

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minjin25 5 years ago from Illinois

I love Halloween too. I love buying the candy for the kids (and myself), decorating the house,carving pumpkins and staying up with my grandson watching Ghost Hunters. Good Hub and great costumes.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful Halloween hub;so well informed,interesting and useful.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Eddy, as you can tell I love Halloween!


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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

Wow! Every costume is absolutely awesome. Such great pictures. I love your Disney costumes-- Mary Poppins especially. And I love the witch costume and makeup too-- very David Bowie. Love it! Voted up!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks so much Heather...it is so much fun putting the costumes together.


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molometer 3 years ago

I can't decide whether I prefer Marge Simpson, more than Mary Poppins. Excellent outfits all. You are rocking the halloween dealio :)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks so much molometer. This year I'm a little stuck due to all the family illness so I might wind up with just Betsy Ross.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Mary,

Next to Christmas, Halloween is the one holiday I miss the most living in Thailand now. Yes, I remember wearing costumes when I was younger, but as I got older I would usually only wear a scary mask or mask of a famous or notorious person. I envy you for all of the fun you are having. Voting up and sharing with followers. Also Pinning and sharing on Facebook.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

You hit the nail on the head Paul, I'm having fun! Thanks so much for voting and sharing all over the place.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Great hub Til!! I've never seen a Statue of Liberty costume and that is truly getting into the spirit. I love Halloween, I always have a blast with the kids, decorations, always a great holiday. Great ideas and information. You really don't need a lot to come up with a costume, we always used our imaginations. Hope all is well Mary, best to you.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks lyricwriter. To me Halloween is all about fun and smiles. Kids using their imagination either to make costumes or figure them out ;)

Things are still iffy around here but we're hoping for the best, thanks for asking.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

You are my superhero! I thought I was the only one who planned my costumes months in advance! Voted up and awesome and etc.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

You certainly get my vote for most creative costumes! I was disappointed to learn that my school district doesn't allow Halloween celebrations at all. Children can dress up like a story book character if they've read a book and can share it with others in the class. I remember as a kid how much fun Halloween was to celebrate, especially walking around in the hallways.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Oh Laura, I'm so glad I wrote this and found out I'm not the only one still doing Halloween costumes! Thanks for all the votes.

I know CraftytotheCore. Because of problems like child abductions, etc. adults are not allowed to dress up but I had no idea children couldn't! How sad.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

I was the Statue of Liberty a few years ago, and Edgar Degas's "Little Dancer 6 years old" (ballerina girl), witches, etc. etc. This year I'm simply dressing in a formal Indian party sari--hopefully with all the right jewelry. :-) Your Statue of Liberty eats mine for lunch, though: Wow, impressive! I thought I'd researched mine carefully, with the seven points on the hat and seven windows... I didn't do the makeup and the hair didn't work out at the last minute, but the costume was a good one: matched the text and font on her tablet even. Cheers!!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Obviously my "hair" was a wig I painted. I had the text and font on the tablet too...it was an old phone book I painted. I love the details in the costume. I have a feeling your Statue of Liberty was great! This year I'm trying for Roz from Monsters Inc.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

I'm just a mere wanna-be compared with your expertise! My sister's costumes all tend to be CONCEPTS: "bad hair day", "outer space", etc. Such creative people! This year I am going in a party sari from India; not a costume technically, but a shout-out to all my Indian friends (there is a high population of Indian immigrants in the Twin Cities area, as well as Somali and Hmong). Besides, you can't beat a sari for sexiness and modesty all at the same time! I just need to get the blouse altered down to fit me... and fast! 'Time waits for no [one]'. I love researching the parts of costumes and being as authentic as possible. I did a pair of Dorothy's Ruby Slippers per the original manufacturer's blueprints once for a co-worker; learned all about their history. (My tablet was painted styrofoam. My wig got moldy during the drying process, so I had to scrap that at the last minute--bummer. My robes were a little more risqué than yours, but authentic as possible (given that I don't sew much, officially).) Officially, I don't sew, cook, make coffee for bosses, or sing in public. Officially. :-) Can't wait to see pictures of your Roz from Monsters Inc. costume!! Be sure to post them, please, or at least email to me. :-) Cheers!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Ditto my costumed friend ;)


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mary (tillsontitan),

Congratulations for receiving a HubPages Hubbie Award two years in a row for having the Best Avatar. Well done, my friend!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

First, congratulations for the Hubbie Award for the best Avatar. No one will ever top that one!!!

My favorite costume was the year I dressed my 10 year old daughter as Heidi and I was Grandpa. I found a grey wig and mustache to do that.

Great Hub now that is is almost Halloween.

Voted up and sharing all around.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Daisy but I have to admit your wins are certainly more impressive!

Thanks Mary. I bet your Heidi costumes were great. Thanks for the votes and shares.


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IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Nice hub.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh my goodness your Halloween costumes are amazing!

While I'm here Many Congrats on your Hubbie Award!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I haven't worn a Halloween costume since I was a kid but I have sewn a few for my daughter-in-law. Congrats on your Hubbie Award. Voted up.


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

These are all so cute, but I just love the Mary Poppins one. Guess that's because I loved the movie! Great post, as usual!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you IslandBites.

Glad you liked my costumes Susan. This year I'm going to be Roz from Monsters Inc. It should be a challenge. Thanks for the congrats too.

Thanks to you too moonlake, any way we get into the Halloween spirit is a good one. I appreciate your congrats and vote.

TT2 methinks you are a bit biased but that's part of the fun of it!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, you really go all out. These costumes are great! I love the Statue of Liberty! And Marge Simpson is hilarious! So cool!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Victoria, everyone laughed at my eyes (Marge)!


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Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love to dress up for Halloween and answer the door (though we don't get anywhere near 300 kids!). Your "Storm" is awesome. Be sure to post your photos as "Roz" this Halloween.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for reading Your Cousins. Storm was fun and the contact lenses creeped people out! I am still working on Roz.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

You are so creative and imaginative. That Storm costume is my favorite, followed closely by Cruella and the Witch. You really know how to turn Halloween into a fun time. My best costume was scavenged at the Salvation Army where I found a 50s cotton nurse's uniform which I used to become Nurse Ratched.

Loved this hub and your pictures were amazing!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Peg. Under normal circumstances I start planning my costume in July and then start trying to pick up bits and pieces to make it. We have a great costume store near here which very often helps me out. Glad you enjoyed!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful...I love Halloween costumes from this hub. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)

Prasetio


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Glad you enjoyed prasetio, always nice to see you!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Bravo! Bravo! Your enthusiasm for the spirit of Halloween leaped off the page and filled me with childish glee. I could just imagine the children anticipating a visit to your house each year, and I couldn't help wondering-- did your local newspaper ever do a write up about you?

Am voting this up across the board and sharing on HP and FB. It's time people start planning what they'll be this year and they may get some great ideas from this hub.

Hugs,

Gail


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

What a fun filled hub :) I love your innovative costumes...... Looks great on you! Really enjoyed reading this one.... Keep it up Mary! Voting up and everything!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks so much Happyboomernurse. This year they won't see as much of me. If all goes well (I'm still working on it) I will be Roz from Monsters Inc., which I am making out of a Jabba the Hut costume. so glad you enjoyed my fun Halloweens and truly appreciate the votes and shares. Happy Halloween!

Thank LaThing, I will keep it up as long as I possibly can ;) Thanks for the votes!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

You are fabulous at coming up with ideas for costumes. It sounds like so much fun. I love all of the photos you showed!

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a good night.

~ Kathryn


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Kathryn, I always have a blast. Have a great Monday.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

last years but it was fresh for me voted entertaining :)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Glad I could entertain you Frank cause you always entertain me with your thrillers!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Brilliant totally loved this gem and enjoy your day Mary. Voting up for sure.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Eddy, enjoy yours too!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

You certainly choose your costumes well. Great hub and I really enjoyed seeing your pics..


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you for visiting JPSO. It is really a fun time for me and I love seeing the children's faces.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

What fantastic ideas you have for creative costumes. I love you as the Statue of Liberty and I do miss your Cruella deVille avatar! I never knew that one was a Halloween costume.

Enjoyed, voted up, awesome and interesting.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Writer Fox I just love Halloween and impressing the kids each year with something knew. Thanks for the votes!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Your costumes are much more awesome than mine...way to go! I usually go with a costume that's more simple, but I try my best to add a bit of fun! Happy Halloween to you! Have a fun fright! :)


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Linda its the fun in the fright that counts and I know you're a lot of fun on Halloween!! Keep those pumpkins lit.


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molometer 2 years ago

tillsontitan just thought I'd pop in again to get some ideas for this years halloween. Love the Marge Simpson gear lol


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Did you get any ideas? How about Homer Simpson ;)


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Angela Shawcross 23 months ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

hi, love all your fancy dress costumes, im having a fancy dress for my 50th and would love to go as the statue of liberty could you please tell me how to get the green colour make up for face and hands, thanks


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

Well Angela, fortunately for me there is a costume/beauty supply store near me where I purchase all of my make-up. You'll just have to see if there is anyone around that sells costume make-up. It is actually a green with a hint of blue. Good luck and enjoy your birthday. Happy 50th!


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Angela Shawcross 23 months ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

thank you, will have a look round x

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