Costumes of the Past

First of all, I always post this music video leading up to Halloween:

I was thinking of adding more to this post, but I’ve done a bunch in the past and can’t think of any fresh Halloween songs.  Feel free to suggest any and I’ll add them in throughout the day.

Mostly here, I wanted to say that I was thinking about my old costumes.  My son asked what he had been over the years and I remembered most of them.  There’s one . . .Olaf!  That’s the one I forgot when he asked me 4 days ago.  Okay, we’re good.  At least, I have a better shot of remembering his than mine.  All I can get is (in no specific order):

  1. Pumpkin Patch
  2. He-Man
  3. Clown  (two-colored hair dye didn’t come out for a while)
  4. Han Solo
  5. Donatello the Ninja Turtle
  6. Starfleet Officer
  7. Garfield dressed as a pirate  (homemade)
  8. Spider-Man (homemade, but I got the flu on Halloween)
  9. Ghostbuster (homemade proton pack)
  10. Johnny 5 from ‘Short Circuit’  (Homemade from a large box and not very good . . . I may have been 10)

Johnny 5

That’s really it.  I think I’m missing 6-7 costumes.  Keep thinking I was a dinosaur or an animal at some point.  Most of my costumes were homemade because I would pick some odd things.  Surprised that I wasn’t a superhero more than twice.  Maybe I was a cowboy at one point because I did have a cap gun and tin star at one time?

Anyway, what costumes can you remember from your childhood?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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27 Responses to Costumes of the Past

  1. We always wound up with those cheap packaged costumes from the store. the ones with an awful plastic mask. Seems like I was Spider-Man for years, because we wore them until we outgrew them.

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  2. Ooh! My son would love to be Johnny 5! Why didn’t I think of that one?
    Mostly, lately, I’ve been thinking about how we used to make our costumes. Nowadays people buy the whole ensemble.

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  3. You did much better than I could. I remember a bum and the lone ranger but that is about it.

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  4. L. Marie says:

    Great variety! I was a pirate, a ghost, a princess, Gandalf (yes, Gandalf), a hobo, and some others I can’t think of just now.

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  5. My brother’s birthday is a couple of weeks before Halloween, and mine’s a couple of weeks after, so mostly my parents would plan us a joint party around Halloween, and we’d have that instead of going out trick-or-treating. Though there was one year when our birthday party turned in to a trick-or-treating adventure… Not sure how that happened, but it finished with us all dressed up in whatever we could find to make costumes out of based on what we were wearing and what was in the house, and heading out trick-or-treating. We did actually go trick-or-treating on purpose a couple of times as older kids, and I was usually a witch or vampire, but that’s about it.

    I’ve done more dressing up for costume parties I’ve been to since I grew up. I’ve been a cowgirl, a horse riding jockey, a gypsy, a footballer, and a Victorian style cook.

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  6. Thesemdays, I usually wear cat ears and leave it at that.

    But when I was in grade school, I had an elf suit my mom made that had had bells on it. I wore that for about three years and I was so sad when it was too small.

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  7. You have a great memory, Charles. What I remember from my costumes is how I had to put on my snowsuit over my costumes because it was either raining or snowing out.
    This is the first time I see this video. Great one for Halloween! Happy Halloween! 🙂

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