My Favorite Halloween Costumes
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
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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