What Halloween Means to Me

Oh, Halloween. It has never been my favorite holiday, but I usually participate if I have a clever costume. This is widely due to the fact that growing up, my crafty mother created the majority of our costumes.

Yes.

Created.

As in, she sewed, glued and pinned fabric, buttons, and tulle to create one-of-a-kind costumes for her three children.

The Martha Stewart of the 80’s and 90’s.

It wasn’t because we couldn’t afford the latest Barbie or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume from the store. It was because she was a crafting genius who thoroughly enjoyed creating one-of-a-kind garbs for us to don on Halloween. I secretly think she wanted us to win the school costume contests.

Halloween Costume

For example, she made all those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes with my Aunt Karen. How cute are they? (Side note: I was Elvira; my mother had worn that costume the previous Halloween and she looked so pretty in it, I just had to wear it. Little did I understand at the time that the costume wouldn’t exactly look the same on me as it did on her. But I wore it just the same.)

Halloween Costume

She didn’t make my Snow White gown, but she did create the Seven Dwarfs. How creative!

I am my mother’s daughter, and over the years I have crafted some of my own costumes. I use the term crafted loosely here.

I’ve always tried to assemble a costume using my own stuff. Yes, I’ve had to go buy accessories here and there (I mean, who has a pair of devil horns laying around?), but the majority of my costumes were created using my own things.

Two years ago, I borrowed my mother’s hot glue gun, made a quick trip to Michael’s for the fabric and created these two Care Bear costumes. My husband was a good sport, but I think he just wanted to wear the cool hat that we bought at Spencer’s. Halloween 2012

Some may laugh and say, “You just threw together a costume, what’s the big deal?”

But to me, it brings me back to my younger years, sitting at the dining room table, helping my mother glue sequins onto a blue flapper dress.  It reminds me that it’s not just about Halloween, it’s about being creative and thinking outside the box.

And above all, it reminds that if I can’t create it, I know my mother is a short phone call away.

  • Your Mom actually did a really good job with those ninja turtle costumes! I love homemade costumes. It’s so easy to go out and buy something but when you put your personal touch on it it makes them even better. You guys were great looking Care Bears. Beautifully Candid

    • Thanks! Honestly, the store bought costumes are always so itchy and they never fit the way you want them to. I’d rather just buy some accessories and use what I have at home!