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My Most Memorable Halloween Costume

For the Halloween of my 12th year, a girlfriend and I planned to go trick-or-treating together. This would likely be the final time we'd be enjoying this childhood custom of going door-to-door for treats. Not just any costume would do and surely not a store-bought creation.

It was something we began thinking about a few weeks before the holiday, and fortunately so because putting together a homemade costume doesn't usually happen overnight.

I don't know what drew my eye to my Mom's basket of mending, but I happened to notice an old pair of my Dad's jeans in the pile. Something clicked and I had the idea of all ideas (to my mind anyway), I would put two pair of the old jeans together and we'd go as conjoined twins.

My girlfriend thought it a good idea, too, so we set about taking the seams out of the opposite pant legs so they could be stitched together. That way both our legs could fit through one pant leg and we'd appear as if we had three legs.

Putting two old flannel shirts together and eliminating the opposite sleeves was more of an undertaking, but we finally got it done. Now we would be conjoined, with three legs and two arms. Pretty creative, eh?

What neither of us thought to take into account was our height differences. She was 5'6" or 5'7", while I was 4'11". Let's just say it was interesting getting up and down those porch steps as we went around the neighborhood. We worked for our treats that night, but we had a lot of fun, too.

I'd like to thank oneoveralpha for this idea in his post with this Wednesday's writing prompt.

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markgraham wrote on October 28, 2015, 8:34 PM

That was very creative for the last time to trick or treat. I remember that was the last time I went too. The last year that I went trick or treating was when we had to do daylight time. I did not have a very good time but it was a time when a lot of people would do mean things, for example needles or razor blades in candy and fruit and we had to start cutting all our candy up into small pieces to check for these items. This was the late seventies.

Feisty56 wrote on October 28, 2015, 8:43 PM

This Halloween would been in '68, still an innocent time.

markgraham wrote on October 28, 2015, 8:46 PM

NOT to rub it in but I went trick or treating for the first time for I was just four years old in the fall of 1968.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 28, 2015, 10:32 PM

I am sure it made for a fun and interesting night.

Feisty56 wrote on October 28, 2015, 10:33 PM

Lol, I could have been your babysitter!

Feisty56 wrote on October 28, 2015, 10:35 PM

We giggled ourselves silly! You know, when you're 12, there are no hardships when you're with your friends. Try to get me to do that at this age -- hmmm, likely not. : )

Paulie wrote on October 28, 2015, 11:56 PM

You really had a great idea. It's too bad that both of you weren't almost the same height. When I was in my 30s, i dressed up as a woman and went with my wife to a Bingo Halloween party.

morilla wrote on October 29, 2015, 2:39 AM

I can only remember a couple of years when I was really young where Trick or Treating was involved. No real 'costumes' were involved or created. I may have had a plastic mask for one of them; but, that was many decades ago, wasn't that big a thing (only a very few houses available), and...??? There was a 'Fall Festival' at school when I was about 7 or 8 and another when I was about 13 or 14 that I went to. Otherwise, Halloween was never one of those 'holidays' we really got into 'celebrating.'

CalmGemini wrote on October 29, 2015, 3:45 AM

As Halloween is not a holiday here and not celebrated,I have no memories to share.But I enjoyed reading about your memories.

MegL wrote on October 29, 2015, 4:18 AM

That was a brilliant idea. I bet it was a whole lot of fun and laughter!

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2015, 9:43 AM

That sounds like it would have been fun. Have any photos from then to share?

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2015, 9:46 AM

I don't go all-out for Halloween the way some people do, but costumes and kids just seem to go together. Nowadays there isn't as much door-to-door trick-or-treating as in my youth, but more places such as malls, schools and cities having gathering places that are safe for the kids to enjoy.

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2015, 9:49 AM

Thank you, CalmGemini . I'd have to say the treats we gathered were never really my motivation as I'd still have a bagful come the next year. It was the costumes and sharing the fun with family and friends that interested me then and now.

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2015, 10:00 AM

Thanks MegL ! It was a hoot for sure! I don't think I have even one photo to commemorate the occasion, but that's okay because the images are yet in my head. Don't even get me started about the time I went to a party as a bag of garbage!

crowntower wrote on November 1, 2015, 3:50 AM

Wow! that was so cool. never had that kind of adventure when I was little... rich kids do that , while the poor kids in our country never experience that. Hehehehe! I just wish that my childhood is a bit more adventure. But I love my childhood being open to lots of challenges that makes me understand a bit of what's going on with my family. And I thank God for giving me wisdom at that time.

Cut the drama! Christmas is the most exciting day of my life except when everything falls apart. But when things was great then... My cousin and I love hanging my big red socks at our window and find it in the morning with lots of differents chocolates... it was all full, and go rush down to the Christmas tree and gets all our gifts and it was lots of toys. I love that life.

CoralLevang wrote on November 6, 2015, 1:18 PM

What a great story, Deb!! And I had a friend in high school who was 4'9.5" and I was 5'10"!