Thursday, October 7, 2010

Your First Costume

Halloween is coming and these days, you've got to grab a costume fast or your kids end up with some real duds.

When I was little, there were very few costumes for sale and those all featured plastic Wonder Woman or Hulk masks and didn't stand up to miles of trick or treating.

For us, a costume consisted of things we could find in our parents' closet. We were hobos, scarecrows, ghosts, gypsies, hippies, mummies, devils, and clowns.

This year, my daughter (she's 4) is going as Cinderella. Her costume is so elaborate you'd think I was presenting her at court.

My son (he's 7) thinks zombies are cool. I don't know why, but I suspect I can blame the new Scooby Doo cartoons. He doesn't like masks, but wants me to put make-up on his face so he looks dead (and glows in the dark too).

Because I love Halloween, I'm going with the flow. But I'm wearing a homemade costume (I'm the beanstalk and I sewed a Ken doll climbing up my leg as "Jack.")

What about you? Will you dress up? Do you remember your first costume?
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