Halloween Memories

Tacky Party

Area stores have had their Halloween decorations out for more than a month now, but the ghoulish holiday is finally upon us. I loved dressing up and trick or treating as a child. I can remember being a ballerina several years in a row. Growing up in Texas, we usually had fairly mild weather on Halloween, but one year it turned very cold. That year the ballerina was covered up in a heavy coat.

We never bought our costumes, but made them up from things we had around the house. The hobo costume was a favorite for boys and girls because it seemed so easy to do with oversized clothes and a dirty face.

I have a picture of my parents dressed up one year when they were going to a “tacky party.” It was especially fun to see my Dad, who always dressed meticulously for work, dressed in sloppy clothes and with a fake beard drawn on his face.

Revive your memories of Halloween and Halloween parties for your memoir. These are memories that capture the dreams and aspirations of our childhood. I don’t know that I ever dreamed of being a ballerina, but I remember how fun it was to pretend for evening and dress the part.

I’d love to hear about your favorite costumes and Halloween memories. Once you start sharing the memories, I think you’ll be surprised how many more come to mind.

Ballerina Costume

2 thoughts on “Halloween Memories

  1. I loved Halloween as a child because it was the only holiday where we were totally on our own–putting together our costume, planning our trick or treat route, and rounding up our friends. It wasn’t an adult holiday back then.

    • That’s so true. I loved putting the costume together with what we had around the house. I’m not a fan of mass produced costumes. We wound up being hobos a lot, but at least it was our creation.

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