Friday, October 31, 2008

PSF- Costumes Of Halloweens Past

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

All Halloween All Week

I have always loved Halloween. What could be more fun than dressing up in a costume, getting free candy, getting spooked with your friends, and going to festive parties all on one night? Not much.

Getting older has not dimmed my love of Halloween in the least. I may even like it more now. It is hard to tell.

Back when I was young I had to wear whatever costume my mom could throw together for me. For three or four years in a row I had to wear a hand-me-down clown costume of my brother's even though I have a huge fear of clowns. Thankfully, I don't think I have any pictures of me in that costume.

I did find a bunch of other pictures of me in costumes from Halloweens past however. Come with me on this trip down memory lane. And try not to laugh. Thanks.

That is me in the dress and blouse at my first Halloween party in first grade. I don't really know what I was supposed to be. A princess or something? It was my mom's old prom dress and I just loved being able to wear it regardless of the eighteen thousand pins that were holding it up.Here I am after the clown phase as a farmer, or something. In case you can't see I have a piece of hay sticking out of my mouth. Cuz all farmers do that, right?
Here I am at my best friends house ready to go trick or treating. She went as a bum and I went as an Indian. Ahh, the days before political correctness. Yowsa!
This is me in high school (nice hair) going as a hippie. Lime, I posted this pic for you. Tie-dye!
Here I am on the far left of the pic. I think I am supposed to be a 50's girl. Not very convincing. And yes, all of my friends and I decided that at 15 we would go trick or treating one last time. Most people didn't have a problem with it since we were all dressed up, but we took my friend's little brother along just in case.
We are now entering my Halloween costume 'ho-bag phase. Yes, I dressed like a 'ho. And I liked it. So there! Looking back I'm glad I went as a 'ho-bag genie that year because I certainly would not have the guts to do stuff like that anymore. You only live once, right? Here I am with my friend at the UW Oshkosh dorms ready to go out for the night.
Still in the 'ho-bag phase, the next year I was a french maid. My hubby is sad I didn't keep these outfits. I'm pretty happy about it, actually. In this pic I was in Madison (at my boyfriend's horribly dirty apartment) celebrating on the infamous State Street with the rest of the loony college kids. No riots that year, thankfully.
And so ends the 'ho-bag phase. From french maid to doctor, that is quite a career jump in one year. This pic was taken at my place of employment. Can you see the shelf full of cookies and candy behind me? That was just our everyday snacks. You should have seen the treat table we had set up for Halloween. No wonder I was overweight when I worked there.
Now we are entering the mommy phase. The phase when I was so consumed with making sure my boys had a blast for Halloween that I completely forgot about a costume for me until the last minute when all that was left at the store was a child-sized bumble bee costume. And yes, I wore that out to the bars that night. Pride? What's that?
These are my best friends who went out with us that night. And they weren't even embarrassed by me! Such good friends. In case you can't tell Carl is a lame excuse, Sarah (the bum in the picture above and my best friend since 1st grade!) is a bloodied prom queen, Todd is Zorro, and yes, I am a bumble bee.
But I think I made up for it because this is what Joey looked like that year, his first Halloween. That was our doggy Lucy in her witch costume. She was not quite as happy about her costume as Joey was about his.
This is Tommy's first Halloween. He still has a fondness for dalnations and went as one again last year.
And this is my Benny bear for his first Halloween last year. It was very important to me that each boy had his own new costume for their 1st Halloween. The costumes are all carefully packed away along with the outfits they wore home from the hospital, their first pair of shoes, and all their other keepsakes.
After the bumble bee incident I gave up on the costumes for a while, but I still dressed up a little. A goofy wig and some Halloween themed tee shirt were good enough for me.

But this year my best friends (the same ones as the above bumble bee picture) will be coming trick or treating with us and then we are going out for a night on the town. So it is an EXTRA special Halloween. I put together an actual Halloween outfit for myself this year. And I am pretty excited about it. I hope it turns out as good in real life as it looks in my head. It is nothing too complicated or amazing, but it is my return to putting an effort into myself for Halloween.
I'm sure I'll have a million photos to show you tomorrow of our trick or treating jaunt tonight and maybe even some pics of our night out on the town. Until then, I hope you all have a Happy and Fun Halloween!


wright said...

That was a fun trip down memory lane. I loved all the pics. And didn't we all go through the ho-bag phase. Oh well. Can't wait to see what you dressed up as this year! Happy Halloween!

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April said...

ADORABLE! Even in your self-proclaimed "HO-BAG" shots. LOL

kimmy said...

LOVE all the pictures! Have fun tonight with your little munchkins!!!!


Mom24 said...

Those pictures are awesome. have a wonderful Halloween.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

YOU ARE HILARIOUS- can't wait to see this years pictures!!

Tammy said...

What great memories! I remember State Street in Madison...those were fun times. Happy Halloween!

Kelly said...

Awesome pictures. What a great idea to post older ones of you. The boys are so cute in theirs too!! Have a great time tonight. After we tuck the boys in, I'm planning on watching the Ghost Hunters Live special! Woohoo!

Killlashandra said...

That's a great walk down memory lane. I'm amazed you have pictures from all those different years. I'd be hard pressed to locate any of me when I was little. I'm sure my parents have some hidden away somewhere though. ;)

And the boys are absolutely adorable. Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.

Lori of I'm no super Mom said...

Love all the costumes!!! You have a precious family!

Mel said...

I need a tissue...I started laughing at the fact you had to dress like a clown and were afraid of them...and by the time I read the word "ho-bag"...which...btw...I don't know any other human besides myself who uses that term...well...a tissue and some oxygen would be good. You rock girlfriend!

maggie's mind said...

These were so much fun, Kathryn! You pulled off the "ho-bag" stage well - and I mean that as a compliment! :) Some people try but don't look as good doing it. Is what I mean. I look forward to more pictures! Have much fun.

Stephanie said...

Hahaha! YOu have some pretty funny pictures. I love it! I love your phases too.

Have fun with the boys tonight. Can't wait to see all the pictures!

Brittany said...

LOVE these photos! A french maid, eh??
If I ever wore that costume... I think Andy would make me wear it on a regular basis! lol

Cyndi said...

You look so cute in your little farmer outfit! I always had whatever my parents could through together, too.

You have the cutest boys!

Anonymous said...

I love that you shared your old Halloween pictures! What fun! I look forward to seeing what you put together tonight. :)

Momisodes said...

Aww, I loved these series of Halloween costume shots! I think you mom did a phenomenal job with her dress! You are as adorable then as you are now.

Happy Halloween!

p.s. I totally had a ho-bag phase as well. I have no evidence to show for it though :(

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh my, these were so great Kat. I ADORED that vintage brewers costume. I hope you and yours have a fantab halloween my friend.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you put up so many scanned pictures of yourself in costume. I hope you and the men folk have a great night together.

scrappysue said...

never stop dressing up! i love it. great post

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

What a fun Halloween history! Mine would be pretty boring, considering I decided to go as a cheerleader at least four years in a row and then as a flapper girl for the next three years. What was I thinking! One year, my girlfriends all went as Robert Palmer girls and got so much attention. And there was I... Miss Flapper! LOL

Love the photographic walk down memory lane!

Happy Halloween!

Jo said...

I loved this post! I can't even bring myself to look at some of my past costumes!!

Chris said...

That little trip was magical!
You are a very brave person.
Oh, and you get bonus points for the music -- I haven't heard "Nightmare on my street" for years!
Happy Halloween

Cecily R said...

Ahhhh, love the trip down memory lane!!! Those pictures are fantastic!!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

You were a hot genie! I LOVE the lame excuse costume, that's hilarious.
And of course, the boys were adorable in their costumes.
Hope you're having a great night!

Dawn said...

That was so fun seeing all your cute costumes, and your boys...adorable!

Elaine A. said...

I did the French maid thing too! HA!

I love how all the little guys were some type of animal at their first Halloween.

Hope you had a fun night out!

painted maypole said...

i loved seeing all these costumes! Fun!

Tonya said...

Those are AWESOME pictures. I really like the ones of you when you were little!

Bren said...

Thanks for sharing all of those, Kat. I can't wait to see this year's pics!

4funboys said...


can't wait to see more pictures.

Kristen said...

What a fun trip down memory lane!! Can I just tell you, that I too, was a HO genie in college! Glad I did it too, now way I am putting on something like that post kids! :)

What a super cute family you have Kat. Seriously, adorable that they each get their own. Can't wait to see this years pics!

Lindsay said...

Oh I can't wait to see your pics from lasat night! you guys are a hoot!

Hannah Noel said...

lol LOVE the pics.
Can you believe they still do the jasmine and french maid thing? Except now, rather than it just being ho-ish, it is SLUT-ish. Much tighter, much more skin showing, and much skankier!! You pulled it of nicely lol.

The baby is adorable!

Golightly said...

I love your walk down memory lane! I was going to do the same thing but the computer went belly-up and I couldn't scan. But now it's working again so I was going to scan and post on Tuesday or Monday or Wednesday. Gosh, I have to post every day anyway!

My mom made me a belly dancer outfit. I wouldn't fit in it anymore, but my Aunt has it now. Woo-hoo! I thought it had been lost.

Robyn said...

Great Costumes. I kind of wish I would have dressed up this year.

lime said...

sorry i am getting here late. i LOVE that you posted the tie dye pic for me and i think you made a very groovy hippie. totally far out, man! i dig the love beads. ;)

Nissa said...

That was such a fun trip down memory lane! I loved your farmer costume! And the Genie(not ho bag, I don't think- just pretty and a little sexy!)

Karen MEG said...

Wow, what a great post with all those fab pics!

Your Ho'bag phase, too funny. I bet most guys wish we had a french maid costume in the closet. Too funny.

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