I was thinking about Halloween costumes and all the pictures of the kids we've taken over the past 20 years. I am pretty sure we have pictures of every Halloween since Nichelle was a baby. Some were taken by traditional 35mm cameras before we went to digital. We have a lot of Halloween pictures, from the kid's costumes, to their pumpkins and craft projects.
It made me realize that I don't have any Halloween pictures of myself as a child. I know I dressed up, often as a black cat, a nurse, or sometimes even a vampire. For whatever reason, out of all the pictures I've collected over the years, I only have the one above. There might have been others, but I don't have them. My mom got into photography as I entered my teen years, so maybe that had something to do with it.
This picture is of me and a friend named Mary Sue. That year we both decided to be clowns. This was taken at a nursing home my mom worked at. I remember going there and walking around to say hello to the patients before we went trick-or-treating. I can't even tell you how old we were -- 12, 13, maybe? I do remember that I made this clown outfit. I sewed the entire thing myself and even made the pom-poms. That would explain why the sleeves are so long. I think Mary Sue's mom sewed her outfit and I remember being jealous of it. She had a stay-at-home mom and I was always envious of her because my mom worked 40+ hours each week. She had the type of mom that had warm, fresh baked cookies waiting for her after school.
Anyway, I remember being satisfied, in some silly way, that I had made the outfit myself. Things were simple back in the 1970s. Of course, there is no way a pre-teen would wear a costume like this today, more or less make it by hand. I looked up clown costumes and they're a lot different these days. Click here to see what I mean. Ummm, yeah, I don't think my mom would have wanted me to walk around the nursing home like that. Fortunately for us, my boys don't mind wearing old costumes if they still fit. This year Nathan is going to be OB1 and Neil is going to be Indiana Jones -- again.
What are your kids dressing up as, if anything?