What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?

I remember a long time ago, we’d have Halloween parties in Elementary school (a long long long time ago). We’d go to the 5 & Dime store and sift among the cardboard boxes (with plastic window fronts) a particular costume we’d like to wear: super heroes, cartoon characters, they never had anything as ghoulishly realistic as a zombie with it’s eye flopped out, the worst it could be was maybe Casper the Friendly Ghost (“ain’t that a Dead Baby Mommy?”)

You know the type: thin plastic face mask, with the eyes too small (Mom would cut them bigger so we would see the cars and not get run over), the elastic held on (just barely) by a couple of staples… and of course, the smock-like costume tied around us – which made us look more like colorful butchers than ghosts and heroes.

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My favorite one was Spiderman but I also carried 2 other masks inside my pillowcase (the plastic pumpkin was waaaaay too small to the candy bonanza we’d collect) to re-visit the homes where they distributed the good candy: whole Hershey bars… “Weren’t you here just a little while ago?” “Nope, that was someone else.” “Okay, here’s your candy…” [I was sinister even back then….]

So what am going as this year? I may just have to, for nostalgia sake, get my Spidey mask out again…

And you? What are you going as?

16 Comments so far

  1. Bobby Alcott (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 9:00 am

    I’m gonna be a doll… I just wish I could find something to model after.


  2. MGal (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 9:17 am

    Same problem here.. Know anyone with a doll collection?


  3. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 9:40 am

    Hey, if you think you can squeeze into any of their outfits, be my guest! [size: -4 ]


  4. Stacey (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 9:41 am

    At my Catholic elementary school, we were only allowed to dress as saints for the school Halloween parties. It sounds like a practice out of the 1950s, but no. In 1990, I was rocking Halloween as St. Teresa of Avila.


  5. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 9:50 am

    St. Teresa of Avila?!

    You too?

    Holey moley… what a coincidence….


  6. Mollika* (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 12:03 pm

    We were allowed to dress up as whatever we wanted at my Catholic highschool, of course it led to a suspension after two girls showed up as pregnant nuns.


  7. Matthew (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 3:01 pm

    I got a bunch of 80’s stuff from the Salvation Army: some purple hammer pants, a bright orange shirt, this shirt that sort of changes from purple to bluish based on the light, and some polarized sunglasses. I had this cool hat from before, now I just need to find a colorful fanny pack.

    Me and my friends are worried we’re getting too old to do this, so we’re taking younger siblings under the guise of supervision.


  8. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 3:39 pm

    Using children as a method for getting free candy… That’s good.

    You could also have a balloon under the white sheet, magic-marker 2 eyes on it, and hold it (low) so as to simulate a real trick-o-treating child…

    …or get a stroller, put a realistic doll (in a costume) in it, and just say: “awww the little tyke is all tuckered out…”


  9. Matthew (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 8:22 pm
  10. WanderingMonkey (unregistered) on October 21st, 2005 @ 7:23 am

    Whenever i see my nephews at halloween i’ve sen them grow up) i wonder “Why do you carry such small candy bags?”.

    Pillowcases are the only way to go.

    Whatever happened to the “explore every single neighborhood within a mile radius for candy?”


  11. MGal (unregistered) on October 21st, 2005 @ 7:30 am

    I remember the days of pillowcase and driving to multiple neighborhoods for candy. We even used to go to the neighboring town. The best part of driving was you could keep spare pillowcases or a lobster pot to empty candy in so your pillowcase looked pathetic.

    (I know you are wondering about the lobster pot. Remember I am from coastal Maine and those things are huge.)


  12. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 21st, 2005 @ 8:25 am

    Exactly… (re: stay out all night and go to multiple neighborhoods for candy)…

    MGAL: love the psychology of emptying out the pillowcase to make it look “pathetic and sad” for sympathy candy… Clever!

    When it got REALLY late, my Sister, Ali, and I would be driven around by my Mom & Dad until around 1am…

    Then, we’d get home and dump out our candy on the kitchen table and start separating it into piles:

    Chocolate; Chocolate with Nuts; Lollypops; Sucking Candy; 100,000 Bars, etc etc — and put them into “aligator plastic bags” and into the freezer (chocolate). The apples and other “grandma” items wouldn’t even make it into the house!

    These days, parents are too nervous to even let their kids go trick-o-treat’n… they just hold parties in their homes and give out granola bars and fruit-rollups… BLECH!


  13. lance (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 11:44 am

    I’ll be a gorilla this year…way better than last year when I was President Bush and everyone threw candy and miscellaneous objects at me.

    Jeffrey Widen: I also used to keep multiple masks and return to generous houses.


  14. Jeppy (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 7:25 pm

    LANCE: I appreciate your ingenuity.

    I also used to go into the corner candy store and trick-o-treat… it’s not like they could say that they didn’t have anything!


  15. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on October 25th, 2005 @ 10:34 pm

    I am going to be a devil. Watch out…


  16. dress up (unregistered) on November 13th, 2005 @ 11:46 pm

    Just reading up on some of this lately, was interesting.



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