Do you remember any special Halloween costumes from your childhood years?
When I was a little girl in the late 40's and early 50's, Halloween was celebrated quite a bit differently than most do today. First of all, there was no such thing as a store bought costume.
You cut up a sheet, if Mama would let you, either to be a ghost or a mummy.
One year I padded out my Daddy's pants with some pillows and rolled up the pants legs. I wore a battered hat and a worn out long sleeve flannel shirt of his, held it all up with suspenders, and used eyebrow pencil to give myself a "beard". I finished the hobo look with a poke sack tied to a stick.
The costume I remember most fondly, though, was partly store bought. We had stopped at Starving Rock in Illinois, I think, that year, and I had begged (whined and pleaded, too!) for a full Chief's headress souvenir. It was beautiful, and I didn't know enough to realize that local Indians likely didn't dress like Plains Indians.
Mama made me a buckskin looking costume, and I already had moccasin bedroom slippers. I was completely in love with cowboys and Indians back then ... The Lone Ranger and Tonto were my idols ... so I already had the bow and arrows to finish it out. With my own hair done in pigtail braids, and lipstick face paint striped across my face, it was the best Halloween costume I ever had.
What's YOUR best childhood Halloween memory?
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