Saturday, October 31, 2009

Costumes of Halloween Past

There's not a lot going on here for Halloween this year so I thought I'd drop in and share some of my costumes from years past. Somehow I could only find 3 pictures from childhood and 2 pics from my Corporate America phase. lol Ah well, here they are anyway!

All the way from 1978, I was a...what is that? A bear I guess? This was definitely one of those costumes in a box you could get at the drugstore. I miss costumes in boxes...



This was 1979 and my favorite costume when I was a kid. We didn't have a lot of money growing up so Mom paired my Wonder Woman Underoos with a Wonder Woman mask and my red rain boots and voila, instant super hero!



I think this was 1982...again, not much money so this fabulous costume was holes cut in a sheet with a lipstick mouth and my Easter hat...ta da! Lady ghost!



So for my first Halloween in the corporate world, I was so excited to find out that all the departments dressed up and I was all about being a fairy. Then I found out that each department picked a different theme and ours was military...what the what? So I put together this military fairy thing, complete with wings, camo shirt, fishnets, black boots, glitter belt and fake grenades...tell me I can't be a fairy, huh!



This one is my absolute favorite costume of all time. The next year I made sure to organize our department's Halloween so I could pick the theme. I went with Time Warp. Muwahahahaha I was having trouble deciding what I wanted to go as and I ran across this cigarette girl costume. When I got it home, I realized that it was the cheapest ugliest thing in the world except for the fake cigarette box carrier thing that came with it. So I kept the box, threw the rest away and came up with my own thing. This costume is totally not period correct but whatever, I loved it! I even found stocking with the seam up the back and wore a short red wig. My mom made the hat for me out of a paper box from Michael's. The rest were just pieces from my closet I put together.



Ah, sweet memories...do you have a favorite costume from your costume-y past?

Happy Halloween and/or Happy Harvest everyone!

31 comments:

roostreehouse said...

LOVE your time warp cigarette girl costume-and mom's a pretty clever gal herself eh?
I'd have to say my favorite costume when i was a kid was my little house on the prairie laura ingalls wilder getup-grammy sewed it for me, long dress, bonnet and all! and i had braids, and carried a pail-and a rabbit, i dont know why.
My grown up costume favorite would have to be the viagra baby-i figured if you were being romantic as an octogenarian maybe your baby was born 20...so there you go.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Lorry said...

OMG!!! I remember when we bought Costumes in a box!! Thats the way they used to come, not hanging up on hangers. I don't have any photos of me or my kids in costumes boo hoo!! and I love Halloween - go figure.. I think I came into loving Halloween as I got older..
Hope you have a great weekend.
xox

Lisa said...

These are great! My friends and I all had the same wonderwoman bathing suits!

Sandra Van Winkle said...

Love your Time Warp cigarette girl. How fun! Great job! Hope you guys all had a great Halloween!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

how cute are you?! I see where Toot gets it from ;-)

Love the cigarette girl costume!!! Brilliant!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Ooo honey loved your little kiddie outfits!

I was laughing when I spotted the grenades....don't mess with me huh!

My fav is the last one too, super cute missy.
xxx

Hayley G said...

I'm so jealous that you have such great photos!!! Fabulous.

Traci said...

lOVE the cigarette girl- you are so crafty!!

LOL on the wonder woman costume and lady ghost! Oh, how times have changed!

Jackie said...

Awesome post....I really love the cigarette girl costume!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

dude!!!! u are a hot hot hot wonder woman!!! i was her too....probably that same year....the plastic masks were the bestest weren't they???? lol!!! and totally off subject.....but that filing cabinet u are standing in front of??? i have to eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk (and not a good eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!! lol!!!) cuz i have to see those same things everydayatworksohelpmegodtheyareugly!!! lol! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jocelyn said...

LOVE these pics...and look at you girlie....one cutie!!!!!! "-)

Tracey said...

I have to say, Wonder Woman is my favorite.. I love the mask! It's so great. I also love your cigarette girl outfit. You really pulled it off and did a great job..I'm sure others were jealous. Thanks for sharing great memories.. have a happy November 1st.

Carmen said...

My Mum was just like your Mum by the sound of it. I remeber coming home from school and in the evening off handedly saying 'oh by the way I have to be a red indian... ummm.. tomorrow'

Out came the sewing machine a worn old sheet and voila by morning I had a full blown costume, embroidered up the front, tassles and everything. Teacher was so impressed I hate to stand at the front of the class and sing (I much preffered slouching at the back) plus sis had a matching outfit as it wasn''t fair for just me to have one. I still believe she was full to the brim of magic powers and time stopping mysticalness. Love your Wonder Woman :D

Carmen said...

oops, hate = had. Had to stand at front of class. Blech.

Chris said...

So CUTE! it's fun looking at these prior moments, isn't it?

Keith said...

Wow. Great post. I loved it. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures. The last one was very awesome. Most of my costumes as a kid were the ones out of the box. Hope you had a great Halloween.

laterg8r said...

love the cigarette girl!!!

that wonder woman was too cute :D

Denise said...

OMG you are so cute. Vintage photos of you. You're so adorable.

I love this post. Close to my heart.

I Am Denise Katipunera

Sean80 said...

Nice costumes. Two of my faves were He-Man (wore brown briefs over track pants cause He-Man had the brown furry underwear) with the sword and then Superman was great too. My dad put a yellow S on a red cape for me.

More often than not though, I was Dracula. Yeah, my obssession started at a young age. lol

Gina said...

WOW your cigarette girl costume is AMAZING! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

That's Who I Am said...

Love the costumes in a box..the plastic and all:) Hope Toot had a great Halloween!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Such adorable childhood Halloween snaps! Love the marvelous cigarette girl costume - so delightfully vintage inspired!

Hope you and your family had a frighteningly fang-tastic Halloween! :)

♥ Jessica

Joanna Jenkins said...

A military fairy?!?!?! You are a hoot. Love ALL the costumes.

Hope your Halloween was fun.

xo

yyam said...

Awww...love all your costumes!:)

daylily777 said...

I love the costumes , the cigarette girl was terriffic!
~Myrna

Julie said...

So glad I found your blog--so much fun vintage stuff! Great Halloween photo memories--been doing a bit of that on my blog the last couple of weeks, too--fun! I'm your newest follower, so I'll be back often--see you then!

FOREVER JANN said...

Your costumes are fab, especially liked the one's when you were little.Nice memories to have. YOU are very attractive lady....hope your Halloween evening was fun. I bet little Toot had a great time.
Happy Fall Maggi

Heavenly Housewife said...

Oh my god, I had those wonderwoman underoos too!!!! (and catwoman)

Karen said...

Underoos!! I remember those! I had Supergirl and Wonder Woman and loved them! lol As a wee one, I was Raggedy Anne (my little brother was Raggedy Andy and Mom sewed the costumes) and a pumpkin. As a kidlet, I remember gypsies, a cheerleader (huh?!), a black cat, and a rubiks cube. Love your costumes that you've come up with!! I haven't dressed up as an adult. Last year, my son was bummed that I wasn't dressing up, so I ran to Wally World and picked up a black hat with blaring hot pink hair streaming down from it and he was satisfied, so now I wear that each year.............at least until something more unique kicks in! :>

Callista said...

your cigarette girl costume rocks Maggi. Wow!
I remember those costumes in the box! soo much fun! And I love all these pics. My favorite costume had to be the year my mom made me a homemade Strawberry Shortcake costume. I still love it even though the pic is old and grainy. I don't know why they sell cheapo costumes at such high prices now. Totally sucks!

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

How is Sam's Hill did I miss this! Oh Maggi...I have tears running down my face I was laughing so hard! The Wonder Woman costume is awesome!

I also really love your vintage getup...you got yourself some lovely legs girl!!!