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If You Can Think It, You Can Make a One of a Kind, Halloween Costume

Updated on October 25, 2017

Yearly Halloween Parade

I grew up in Clifton, New Jersey. Every year there was a big Halloween Parade for kids of all ages. All the kids were put into a group for their age and then everyone was judged as they walked down the streets. At the end of the parade prizes were awarded for different things, such as prettiest, cutest, most original, etc.

The town officials would start off the parade and the High School Band would play as the crowds went wild. Everyone loved the entire night with all the glitter and excitement. I never missed it as it was a night out with my friends.

One year I made costumes for my girlfriend and myself. I don't know if any of you would even know about these but I am sure your parents would. I made us the OLD GOLD CIGARETTE PACKS. Now that is going back in time. We were totally covered from over our heads to our knees in big cardboard boxes. We wore tan leggings and had on knee high boots. No one knew who we were.


After I started having children I began trying to create the most unique costumes. My daughter was just about 18 months old when I first entered her in the parade. A few months before the parade the first astronauts went to the moon and that was a huge step for the United States so I decided to make her an astronaut.

My mom had some great silver mylar material. I took a small milk container, cut it in half length wise and covered it with silver for the backpack and I put a small American Flag on it. I made the head wear and she looked great. Of course she won in her division, plus her picture was on the front page of the newspaper the next day.

More Babies in the Family

A few years later my daughter was 2 1/2, my nephew was 1 1/2, my son was 10 months and my sister was pregnant. The kids were too little to walk so far and we had to walk with them anyway so I decided to make the Old Lady That Lived in the Shoe.

Two of the kids were very easy to do as they just wore pajamas and walked along side the stroller. My baby rode in the stroller and was nice and warm. My sister was very pregnant and pushed the stroller.

I wrapped the stroller with cardboard and made it to look like a shoe and put some windows on the sides and again we won the prize for the group entry.

Stuffed Animal????

The next year I was stumped, I had no clue what I wanted to do for the kids. One day my daughter was playing in the living room and jumped onto a huge stuffed bear I had.. I couldn't believe it, she was the perfect size. You guessed it; I took all the stuffing out of the bear after I cut off his head. I took some light weight cardboard and supported the head so it stayed just right. She looked adorable and it was so warm for her.

We had so many stuffed animals and I never wanted to throw them out so this was perfect.


When my son was four, he loved the Rock Group, Kiss. I made him one of the costumes and had him lay on the table and I painted his face to look just like one of the Kiss members. I am not sure at this time which one. I used all face paint that they sell for Halloween and some of my makeup. I used some very small brushes and he looked so good that no one knew who he was, even his own relatives and friends.

It is amazing how long little kids can be still when they want something. I think it took about 45 minutes for me to do his face. It was just great.

Adult Costumes

One year my husband and I were going to a Halloween party nearby and I made two clown costumes. I made one side of the front of mine black from head to toe and the other side white. On the back I did just the opposite,

On my husbands I did just the opposite of mine. I made matching hats too.

I painted the faces half black and half white, again from top to bottom (forehead to chin).

At another party I made my sister what I called Swamp Thing....When I was in Morocco many years before, I bought one of the long native robes. It was all silver and had tiny buttons from the neck to the floor. I had all kinds of netting that you would use to decorate an ocean looking room for a kid, draped around her after I blackened her face. She was dragging chains with her too.

Haunted Trail

Now, many years later, we still get into the mood at Halloween, we don't go to any costume parties but we do go to our community and do volunteer work at the Haunted Trail. There are lots of scary things for the older kids to see and for the younger ones there is a big candy trail. It is one weekend every year for two nights. Its so much fun. Lots of food and of course, lots of candy....

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      nadelma 6 years ago from Bushkill, Pa

      Thats so funny.....

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      You came up with some wonderful creative ideas for homemade costumes! I grew up near Flemington, NJ where there was always a Halloween parade, too. The best costumes were always the ones that were homemade. Unfortunately, my costumes usually ran to being a hobo or a ghost as I was more interested in the trick or treating part of the holiday!

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      nadelma 6 years ago from Bushkill, Pa

      Thanks. I am still like that and wished I lived closer to my grandsons to dress them up.

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      Adrienne 6 years ago

      Wow! How creative you were!!!! Homemade costumes are the best! I always loved getting dressed up as a kid & then going to work in costume as an adult!!!


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