Let’s kick it off in 1981.
My big sis is totally awesome in her bat wings. Mom is unsuccessful at getting Little sis to turn around for the photo. And I’m hunkering down next to the pumpkin that is almost as big as me (it was actually 98 pounds and grown in our own garden).
I’m really glad Mom pinned down the pointy seam of that pillowcase or else I would’ve been a Li’l Klansman instead of a ghost. Close call!
I guess they were out of black elastic in Hancock’s notions section, but you know what? If I had nothing but white elastics and Tricks or Treats was fixin’ to start, I would baste those suckers right on.
By 1987 Big sis is rockin’ it ALL the way down to Electric Avenue in her California Raisin costume, cleverly fashioned from a trash bag.
I have apparently decided that a hijab will do just fine in the absence of a bonnet, for keeping those harsh prairie sun rays off.
My baby brother is the angry sorcerer’s apprentice.
And well, there’s really nothing awkward about my little sister–she’s just all kinds of cute in her sheriff outfit.
A different 80s year and I’m in a vintage Martian costume my grandmother made for my dad, in 1956. Bonnie’s poncho-clad Lady Liberty is pretty good too, I have to say, with a bit of Christmas wrap there on the “tablet.” We could have coordinated a bit more though. Perhaps with her in a yellow radiation suit accessorized with hair dryer and a Walkman, a la Marty McFly in Back to the Future?
Below we have the Happy Ninja Turtle (at least that’s what the mask says), pissed-off Minnie Mouse, you-want-a-piece-of-this Hippie, and um, the Grey Reaper. The Sally Jessy glasses? Those were every day, man.
But look! Every single pumpkin is smiling its pumpkin head off.
This is my daughter a few years ago, wearing a sleeveless muscle shirt–er, shroud. Accessorized with necklace, and broom.
I can’t put my arms down.
The one costume I actually made on my sewing machine, this blue number features a flouncy circle skirt and matching cape with attached fleece tank top and accent triangles, and a feather boa. What is it supposed to be? Well, the heck if I know.
The same costume a few years later. Better accessorized but WAY more awkward!
And last but not least, an awkward family food photo. This is how we pre-game Halloween at our house: with VEGGIES.
Green tomato, beet cake, purple potato, and a carrot-beet greens medley