If you know me at all, you know Halloween is my favorite holiday, along with Easter. Which I know... I know ... such a weird combo. I always say that they both celebrate the raising of the dead, right? ... I'm so clever.
I've just always loved Halloween as a kid. I can remember my mom bringing out all the paper figures you'd tape in your window. That used to be a thing in the 70's. The kind that had hinged joints on it so you could make a pumpkin head figure move his body different every day. & for those of you around my time, you'll remember the black cat that had 'fur' & I'm using "fur" with bold strokes in terms of that word. It was more like a weird felt sensation that you'd run your hands over it & you'd surely get shocked by touching metal afterwards. BOO!
|THESE!!! We had THESE!!!! Anyone else?|
If you're home had these on the window - you were totally a "Pinterest" house
|These weird melted "something" creations were also a big 70's thing|
Is it any wonder I loved Halloween?
The era where you wore plastic masks you could neither SEE nor BREATH through... good times.
|I always use this pic because the one time I wore a costume like this - it was a CASPER one like the girl on the end. I'm still not sure this ISNT me here with my cousins|
I actually only had to wear one of those once, because my mom was all about home made costumes. & those were the best.
Funny story - my mom made me an angel costume one year that I actually was going to be using for a Christmas play. I wont make any comments about how I was the one they picked to play the angel on stage in front of everyone. No comment at all. But I'll be sure to tell my husband every single day.....
I ended up wearing that for a Halloween costume party that my church was having. A friend of mine that lived down the street went with me & she was dressed as an "old lady" - her costume was actually pretty awesome. She had pillows in an old dress that was more like a buttoned up "house robe" & belted it where it made her look like she had a big chest & a big behind. She had put something in her hair to make it grey.... & wait for it....
we got to the party & found everyone wearing robes,- the boys have these beards & shepherd hook sort of walking sticks & the girls also in robes & have their heads covered.... WHAT IS HAPPENING?
I guess I didnt read too closely the details of the party. Come to find out, you were supposed to be dressed as your favorite BIBLICAL CHARACTER. I mean, makes sense. When is a Baptist church going to have a real Halloween party.
OH MY GOSH.... total fail...
Except, by the GRACE OF GOD... I was dressed like an angel!!!
Of COURSE I'm there as Gabriel. Totally meant to do it. Absolutely. (As I'm praying to God to remember that forgiveness thing for lying)
|Thank goodness THIS didnt happen.|
My friend, my fellow "Old Lady"... tell me she wasn't creative. She took off her belt, dropped the pillow, grabbed some sort of bucket sitting around the church & she said she was the "Woman by the well"...LOL... is that genius or what? You can totally tell she too was a "church kid" to be able to come up with that one so quick. I would have gone with the "innkeeper that turned Mary & Joseph away" - I mean - who really knows anything about that person?
I ended up winning that costume contest. ... Who knew.
& everyone wanted my mom to make angel costumes for Christmas for a "heavenly host". To which my mom just laughed because she had hand sewn that costume & it took her nearly 2 weeks to get it just right, complete with padded wings & the idea of hand sewing a bunch more - in October - to be ready for December. No thank you. A big pass on that one.
I bet everyone thought she just didnt want anyone else to take over the Angel role except her baby girl. Stand back Mama June or Dance Moms!
For the record, I was an awesome angel in the Christmas pageant too.
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
... I didnt even plan on telling that story - I was going to show you all the Halloween clothes I've bought the past few weeks. Let's just leave all this fun visual here for the day & I'll post the pictures tomorrow.
& I promise you, I wont have a picture of an Angel costume in it.