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.