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:

  1. 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!!!!

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  2. 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

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

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

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

    Love the cigarette girl costume!!! Brilliant!

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  6. 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

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

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  8. lOVE the cigarette girl- you are so crafty!!

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

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

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  10. 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! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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

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  12. 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.

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

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  14. 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

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

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  16. 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.

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  17. love the cigarette girl!!!

    that wonder woman was too cute :D

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  18. 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

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  19. 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

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  20. WOW your cigarette girl costume is AMAZING! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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

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  22. 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

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

    Hope your Halloween was fun.

    xo

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  24. Awww...love all your costumes!:)

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

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  26. 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!

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  27. 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

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

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  29. 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! :>

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  30. 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!

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  31. 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!!!

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