Halloween was a big deal when I was a child. I can remember deciding what I would be for the big night of trick-or-treating. My favorite costume that I recall was the year of the gypsy. I got into Mom’s costume jewelry and put on all I could. Then I applied all the makeup I could get on enhanced with bright red lips, which is still my favorite lipstick color today. We loved making our costumes.
Do you remember the hot little plastic masks that had the elastic band that encircled your head? Those were always a favorite when we could find a good one. But making our costumes was always the most fun. In fact, Halloween was fun and wasn’t all this horrible stuff that has surfaced in recent years. It was a child’s holiday, and it was a candy-filled, fun day! It was always a downer when we got a healthy snack dropped into our bags, so candy was it.
This year, I have had an even more exciting time getting Amelia ready for her parties. “GiGi, I need an Elsa dress!” Amelia said this year. My initial response was simply, “What?” When she began to explain that this was the star from the Disney movie Frozen, I got it. Of course I would make her an Elsa dress. That is what GiGi delights in doing: sewing and creating. I found shiny blue fabrics, a pattern, and all the bling I could glue on the dress—what fun!
So here is my Amelia in her Elsa dress. Oh how I wish things were innocent and simple like they were when we were young. But the transforming of oneself into a princess or gypsy for one night still reigns supreme. I just love the innocence of childhood.
Are you making or purchasing Halloween costumes this year?