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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.
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!