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« on: October 29, 2006 02:56:45 PM »


I saw the 2006 Costume Contest and wanted to submit some pictures, but they are from the past, so I can't do that.  I most likely won't get to do Halloween this year, since I'll be on the truck with a load of cows somewhere.  

Halloween used to be a big deal when I was young.  My mom was *very* crafty...the woman made *everything* and that included the Halloween costumes.  Some of the costumes were "normal," like the year (1987 or 1988) she was pregnant with my little sister and made the Pumpkin outfit for me and then she wore it with no stuffing, riding on the back of the Harley down Main Street.  We had a strict rule (unspoken until later years) that costumes had to be created, they couldn't be bought...they just seemed more effective if we made them.

Here was my little sister in the costume a year or so after my mom and I wore it...

Anyway, I won a bunch of costume contests the year I went as a Coke Can.

I don't recall the year we were dogs (at least I was a dog, I think she was a dog, too), but I have pictures:

Then my sister was the butterfly and I was the light bulb (sorry the pictures are so dark, and it only shows the top of the lightbulb--the bottom was cardboard painted metallic silver and had black stripes for the thread).

A costume I put together when I was 16 was a Peter Pan.  Never got pictures, but it was a cool costume.

Also, my mom did costumes for my little sister (now 18 years-old).  When she was little-little, she got to be a scarecrow:

I thought she was adorable as the ladybug.  

How about the tiger?

I had a picture of her in her pink fairy/pink riding hood (Im not sure what it was supposed to be, it had a pink cape), but I cant find the picture.

I just recently got copies of the pictures, I hadn't had access to them for over 10 years, so I was all excited Smiley

When I was in 5th or 6th grade, and we lived in Maine, my mom's best friend went as Aunt Jemima (spelling)--the syrup lady.  Just for kicks, here's the pics!

I just wanted to share because I hadn't got to before Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2006 08:07:56 PM »

Awesome! I love seeing all of these costumes together like this. The aged quality of some of the pics adds to the charm, too.

The pumpkin has to be my favorite though. So cuuute.  Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2006 09:38:17 PM »

i especially like the coke can!
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2006 01:41:54 AM »

Smiley  I always thought the Coke can and light bulb were the most original costumes ever!  My Mom did the Coke can in felt and I am still impressed with the cursive writing in felt.  The other really neat part about it was the tab on top.  Can't see it very well, but it was perfect!  She drew the part that the tab pushes down in a dark gray, but you can't see it in the pictures. 

I'm sad that we didn't get better pictures of the light bulb.  I went to the costume contest and trick-or-treating holding a flashlight and was illuminated. 

How about the Aunt Jamima?  BTW, she is a white female and is pretty slender.  I thought she did a good job with that one!
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2006 06:04:08 AM »

How cute!  My dad was our creative costumer when I grew up.  I'm so glad you have these photos to look back on! 


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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2006 08:50:52 AM »

Nice costumes - but i would love to see your mom in the pumpkin costume on the Harley - that is precious  Smiley
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2006 12:14:20 PM »


A few years ago I filled in on bass for a band's halloween show. I dressed up as Happy Tom.

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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2006 04:05:21 PM »

This was me and hubby last year...i did the head wound with Gelatin and tissue paper...


« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2006 08:15:27 PM »

a couple years ago I was "Girls gone wild". I bought these huge plastic boobs from the costume store and basically just flashed people all night!


when I was 3 or 4 my parents dressed me as a clown. it's not in this pic, but they drew a face upside down on my chin (eyes, nose and mouth). we lived out in the country so everyone knew each other. when i'd go door to door, my dad would flip me upside down and put his hand over my eyes and nose and i would talk. it'd look like a puppet on my face. hard to describe..my parents were weird!

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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2006 09:24:52 AM »

Haha, this forum is wonderful, I wish that I had some old photos of my haloween to show you all...

Once I was the cowardly lion for halloween when I was like three... that's the only one I really remember..


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