My first Halloween-related memory is from when I was about three or four years old. I remember my mom taking me to Fabricland, where we looked at rows of Halloween costume panels. My favorite ended up being a panel to make a blue owl costume, and I could hardly contain my excitement. I don’t know why we didn’t bring it home with us that day, but my mom said we’d come back later to get it. By the time we made it back to Fabricland a few weeks later, the blue owl panels were gone, and I had to be a pumpkin instead.
For many years after that incident, I ended up dressing up as one of three basic spooky icons for Halloween: Witch, Pumpkin, or Scarecrow. Then in 6th grade I convinced my mom to make me a Sacajewea costume*, and the year after that my best friend Tasia and I dressed up as an elderly couple** to celebrate our retirement from the trick-or-treating scene. It was our last big candy collecting hurrah, and we wanted to go out with humor and pizzazz.
I guess what I’m saying here is that I feel like I didn’t get into my Halloween costume groove until I got older. For most of my trick-or-treating adventures, I went with the basics***. By the time I was getting too old to trick-or-treat, that’s when the creative juices really started flowing on the costume front. Once I reached my 20s, my costume making abilities got even better. Some of my favorite Halloween ensembles from the past few years have been a pirate wench, a mad scientist, a flapper, and my all-time favorite, a viking.
I want to hear all about your favorite Halloween costume! To make it fun, I’ll make this into a festive giveaway. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win a Flapper Girl Vampire Bat Coffee Cozy. Your favorite costume could be from your childhood or in recent years. Homemade or store bought. Everything is game, as long as it was a costume you wore. Have a photo of you in your favorite costume you’d like to share? Even better! Email it to me for an extra chance to win.
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On Monday, October 19 I will select three winners, who will each receive one Flapper Girl Vampire Bat Coffee Cozy!