|Colin circa 1991|
As I kid, I would spend weeks leading up to the fall fest planning what to wear - AND gathering the parts and making the costume. I have never worn a "store-bought" costume. They probably weren't as prevalent when I was a child, but I don't remember lusting after them. I kind of felt sorry for the poor kids whose parent's couldn't create a costume designed by the heart's desire.
When my boys were in the trick-or-treat age span, they never wore "store-bought" costumes, either. I enjoyed creating whatever they wanted to be. In their youngest years, of course, I was able to guide their requests based on ideas and props I had on hand. There were lions and tigers, crayons and pumpkins, baseball players and maffiosa. In later years, they put me to the test. One year Colin was a baseball. Another year Corey was a baseball card. Court made an adorable T-Rex. But if there is one contume that stands out among the many, it was the year that Colin decided he wanted to be a milk carton. It seemed an odd request, but not an impossible one. And, hey, he works in the grocery business now, so maybe it was just foreshadowing...
So, Happy Halloween, everyone! Not spooks and goblins, but fun and imagination... and candy!!!