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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween memories


Obviously I was an angelic child... ;)

Who didn't love Halloween as a kid? The chance to play pretend for a day and get loads of candy? Count me in!

Least favorite costume -- I wanted to be a ballerina like my cousins but no, my mother dressed me as a pig. She still says it was cute.

British relatives visiting recently were preparing to celebrate their first American Halloween, complete with a real trick-or-treating experience. The kids were shocked when my stepbrothers told them that the proper luggage for door-to-door candy collecting was a pillowcase. No wimpy plastic bucket will do -- size does matter!

Sophomore year hippie -- not nearly as cool as Zoe's cop.

I used to babysit for a family that created the most inventive Halloween costumes every year. It was a big family project to make creative, eye-catching designs year-after-year. One of my favorites was an entire dinner party -- with the daughter's head on a platter as the main dish.

Junior year princess with a Goodwill dress.

Last year, the teachers dressed up for a weekend of Halloween classes with the kids. With a haunted carnival, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treat bag making, it was lots of fun. Plus, there's nothing more adorable than three-year-old Korean children in costume. For the longest time, Jeanette's computer background was a tiny Korean boy dressed as a tiger, roaring at the camera. Priceless.

Halloween in Korea as a witch.

In college, raiding Salvation Army and Goodwill always provided great inspiration for costumes. It was often a matter of putting together various items from your (and friends') closets and seeing what you came up with -- a good last resort was always '80s style. Oversize sweatshirt, leggings, scrunchie, done.

Sophomore year, wearing an outfit that I wear besides on Halloween, setting me up for a future as a trophy wife.

These days, it seems like more and more children's costumes are walking (and crossing?) the line between humor and indecency. A pimp costume for kids?! Yep, can't wait to get my hands on that for my future little ones.

(Not.)

What was your favorite childhood costume? I recently found a princess costume from when I was 8 or 9 years old ... and it still fit, albeit snugly.

Simon Pegg is posting pictures of people dressed as Shaun of the Dead (my favorite "scary" movie) characters -- some are very clever!