Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Trick-or-Treat: 1983 version

Wordless Wednesday . . .

Halloween costumesI scanned this from an archived photo taken Halloween 1983. Yes, one is missing and I don't remember why but he might have already gone to bed. I have never been a big Halloween fan in general for my personal take. However, the kids were allowed to dress up and go "trick or treating" to homes we knew.

Costumes had two rules: no store bought pre-mades, and no scary or evil characters. So each child, with necessary help, had to develop a character concept and ways that it might be fitted-out. Then with the concepts and development ideas we would go garage sale and thrift shopping for "raw materials".

All three have basic white turtlenecks for warmth. Daniel Boone has an authentic suede leather vest from that dad brought back from Tucson and corduroy pants that looked like chaps at a distance (pigment degrade is making them reddish now).

The Lone Ranger is sporting faded jeans, oversized T-shirt with split neck and leather lacings, red bandanna, and a white hat. He also wore his winter boots but they don't show.

Our charming Red Riding Hood found a red gingham sleep-shift with drawstring empire waist and rickrack trim for her dress, red tights, and her red riding hood was repurposed from a maternity top I refused to be caught dead in. The "brooch" was crocheted by her kindergarten teacher.

Okay, this wasn't exactly wordless but it needed explanation.

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Joyismygoal said...

very cute and I like the rules we had most of those too

Sandy Carlson said...

Film, ah film....And sagging shelves full of wonderful photos such as this gem! Thank God for film!

tegdirb92 said...

what a great photo!! Have a great Halloween.

Mrs_Scotsman said...

How cute am I? BB's costume came out of her dress up clothes. Does that count?

Pieces of Me said...

Those were the good ol' days. I miss them - what happened to those Halloween rules?? Enjoy!

chelle said...

How wonderful! I like your rules. Once we are all settled I would like to help create costumes with the kids rather than buying them :)