October 31, 2012
Happy Halloween, Everyone! If ever there was a handmade holiday, I'd say that this one is it. We have had our share of homemade costumes through the years, that is for certain. As a kid, I remember seeing the pre-made costumes in the store, complete with plastic masks. I actually thought that I would like one of those, at one moment or other. We sometimes ended up with a mask, and soon found out how uncomfortable those were!
Like most of the rest of the crafty moms out there, my strongest memories of October 30th include sewing at the last minute, trying to finish costumes for everyone to either take to school for a party, or just for trick-or-treating. I have to admit that I did look forward to the year when I wouldn't be swamped by that task at 9:30 p.m. The good news is that now if any of us need a costume, we can make it ourselves, and we can start a lot sooner. Most of what we come up with is just makeshift, but hey, that works, too.
As a blast from the past, I found this photo to enjoy this Halloween Day.
Pirates were easy costumes to make, and always in vogue. Other ideas we used through the years included woodsmen, trappers, and of course, the traditional scary stuff.
We were fortunate to be able to trick-or-treat right on our side road. The neighbors were very generous in handing out candy to the few little goblins that came along. It was much easier to do that than to drive all the way to Grand Marais and back. It was also a nice opportunity to visit.
Although we don't have a need to trick-or-treat any more, we do still occasionally enjoy coming up with a costume or two. Soon I will write here about a spectacular pirate party that took place this summer. What fun to go down the road of the scurvy dogs, complete with plunder and treasure! Stay tuned, but until then, have a safe and happy Halloween!