Man on the Street makes the rounds

The Monday Man on the Street has got a question.


And a treat bag of candy corn for respondents. With Halloween, my favorite holiday, around the corner, Allycat Asks: What Halloween costume of yours do you well remember?

I’ll start. There are two. One’s for strictly private airing. The other I vividly remember. I was in my late teens going to a party. Through my youth I had a great love of clowns (the good ones, not the scary bad ones). I even looked into clown college. I had a small collection and received gifts related to clowns time to time too.

This particular Halloween I began with an old white bedsheet and turned it into clown’s outfit. I sewed it (no pattern of course) and painted it with all watercolors of the rainbow in stripes and polka dots (a pretty time-consuming venture for the sheet’s porousness, I remember).

I cut strips of sheet and painted those for my long hair at the time and my face too with basic OTC makeup. It was quite creative, resourceful and charming. My father, quite the photographer in his own right, was so impressed, he got the camera.

Somewhere in a box stored in another state lies that photograph of a playful me in a very special and creative costume. I may forget my address, phone number and zip code but I’ll remember that costume till the day I die.

Your turn.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Country Cinderella
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 12:33:15

    I have two that I remember well too. Both of them are homemade costumes.

    One was when I was still in grade school or just Middle school. I decided to be an angel. I used a sheet for the gown portion and then I cut out cardboard wings and covered them in aluminum foil to make them nice and shiny. I am not sure how I managed to keep them on (that part I do not remember) I think for the halo I took a wire hanger and more aluminum foil to create what I wanted. If I remember correctly the costume barely held up long enough for a whole night of trick or treating.

    The other one was when I was in my early 20s. My boyfriend at the time had a sister that threw themed Halloween parties every year, and this particular year the theme was diners. There were a lot of ‘Alices’ and ‘Mels’ from the old sitcom. Then there were tables, forks and knives. There was a Ketchup and a Mustard. and then there was my boyfriend and I in our Salt and Pepper Shaker matching costumes that I had made. I kept it really simple by using metal hoops to create the form so that we just looked round tapered shakers. I used shiny material to indicate a kind of glassy look. They were very crude looking and were mostly for representation rather than actual visualization of the shakers.

    I am sure if I delved into those memories more I would find the feeling so anxiety and dread I felt both times. Even though I wanted to be a creative person I was always fearful of not doing a good enough job, and of embarrassing others with my mere presence, much less my attempts at being creative. I still get small bouts of that same anxiety but I overcome it now.


    • allycatadventures
      Oct 18, 2010 @ 13:24:33

      @countryc – Thanks for those stories, they’re terrific! And remember, not everyone can be as creative as the next person; after all, if the world were full of Picassos, where would that leave Picasso? As a nobody. It’s making your best effort that counts and sounds like you did that.


  2. katie
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 16:08:27

    As a little kid..a devil costume,complete with pitchfork..that was the same year my older brother was Darth Vader(take a wild guess what year that was? :P)


  3. katie
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 19:31:56

    Yup, ’77.

    I’m going to do a Halloween post but will do it the day of. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays(right up there with Christmas!). I have a lot of happy memories of going trick or treating-we would be out there for an hour and a half and we went pretty far from where we lived.


  4. aubrey
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 11:31:37

    I was 8-10 years old. Hard to recall. I was a bumblebee – I still have the costume, too. I went to one house, and the lady was so taken with the costume, that she invited me in, so that her husband could see me. Can you imagine that happening now?

    Second…my mother dressed me up as a ‘geisha girl’; a silk tunic – maybe one my father brought home from Japan – hair piled up, a clip with little paper ‘cherry blossoms’ to keep it all in place; I don’t recall what else. I was probably 11-12.

    I’ll be in Vegas during Halloween – what that will be like, I can barely imagine!


    • allycatadventures
      Oct 20, 2010 @ 17:51:59

      @aubrey – A Halloweened Vegas, you’ll have a monstrously good time! The costumes’ll drive you batty and the spooks’ll flow every witch way. Don’t pass up the opportunity to toss back a Gravedigger: – 1/2 shot rum and 1/2 shot whiskey.


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