I remember one, and only one, Halloween costume from my childhood. Not because I liked it, but because it was the worst costume ever. My mom had read a magazine, some crafty/homey type magazine, clearly not one in which the editors and writers actually had children, and found "the best" costume. In my attempt to be most-loved child, I agreed to let her dress me. As a hobo. (I know. So politically correct in the 80s, weren't we?) Not just any hobo, with oversized, plaid clothes and a stick with a bandanna pouch on the end. That wouldn't be "the best" now would it? No, I had to have a realistic beard to complete the look.
My mother, who claims to have loved me, put Karo syrup all over my chin, cheeks, and upper lip. And then, to look totally authentic, she patted COFFEE GROUNDS onto the syrup. Oh, it looked real, alright, but I have never been so uncomfortable in all my life. And I've given birth to six kids. Worst thing in the world to trick or treat in. It itched so badly. I couldn't actually scratch the itch, though, or my hands and then my candy would be covered with syrupy coffee grounds. Three hours later, we had to get that crap off my face. Raw. My face was raw.
To add insult to injury, my sister was the most beautiful princess that year. Pointy hat and all.
Clearly, my attempts to be most-loved child fell quite short.
Unlike my mother, I really do love my children, so they have never had to live through costume hell. I may have dressed them up to look ridiculously cute, but never uncomfortable. Comfort is numero uno in costuming as far as I'm concerned.
And finally, to my list. I'm letting you all in on a little secret. I have the potential to be crafty, but I rarely live up to my potential. Really only at Halloween. I have made many, many costumes over the years, and all without a sewing machine. I don't have one, and wouldn't know how to use one if I did. Here you have
My 10 Favorite Homemade Halloween Costumes Worn By My Children
(For Which I Could Find a Photo)
1. Clifford and 2. Cleo (Phoenix tore off the paws, as they were not conducive to eating candy. Buttercup hadn't figured that part out yet.)
3. Girl ghost, pig tails and all.
4. SpongeBob and 5. Patrick
7. Robin Hood
8. Two years ago, I was just not in the mood to make any costumes. To avoid doing so, I suggested to the kids that they combine two costumes that we already had and make a new, funny one. Giant wore his authentic Matt Kensith (the Nascar driver) jacket he had gotten for his birthday and bat wings to become "Bat" Kensith. While I was impressed with Giant's creativity, Phoenix got the gold star for funny. He wore a huge whoopie cushion and a Bart Simpson mask to go as "Fart" Simpson. (I can't believe I don't have a photo of him wearing this.)
9. Ironman (Hubby completed an Ironman race on Giant's third birthday. So, a month later, Giant went as his daddy.)
10. Batman and Robin. (I didn't make these. My friend made them for her boys, and I stole them the next year.)
Have you ever seen such comfortable children on Halloween?
Do you have memorable costume from your childhood? How about one that your child(ren) wore?
Have a lovely day!