As a costumer, Halloween is usually the highlight of the year – for once, you aren’t the only one dressed up!
To celebrate, it’s Halloweek on the blog – everything will be about fancy dress, and costumes, and costume parties, and that sort of delicious fun.
I love Halloween. Or at least I used to. It was great as a kid, when your costume was just about being fun, and clever. It’s not so fun when you are an adult and your costume is expected to be sexy, and all the parties have more alcohol than candy. And there isn’t much trick or treating in New Zealand.
Trick or treating was fun and safe in the little community I grew up in – you knew all the people you visited, and all the other trick or treaters.
Many years we didn’t go trick or treating – we had traditional Halloween parties with bobbing for apples and doughnuts on strings and caramel corn and skits and games. So much fun! Except for the one Halloween where all the guests caught scarlet fever at the party. That was a little too much excitement.
Far more than the parties and candies, I loved costumes. My older sister helped me to dress up, and then I made my own costumes, and then I made costumes for my little sisters.
Sadly, some of the best Halloween costumes from my childhood went unphotographed. There don’t seem to be images of my little sister as the Paper Bag Princess in a paper bag and a crown, or the same sister, the year after, as a beheaded Marie Antoinette with a ruff covering her head, and an extra head of papier mache with paper curls piled to the sky. But I do have some images to share.
And finally, another non-Halloween costume. I’m dressed as a gift-giving bird. I love this costume. It was made from a coat hood with feathers sewn on it, a construction paper beak attached to glasses, a tie-dyed skirt, a pink tutu, a hat with feathers sewn on it for a tail, pyjama pants, argyle socks, and shoes with construction paper bird feet. It took about an hour to make, and was so effective!