Happy Halloween: The Devil in the Details

Happy Halloween! Let’s talk costumes.

What’s your favorite memory about a costume? Was it homemade or store bought? As the youngest in a family of nine, mine were definitely homemade. I remember my brother setting out as Abe Lincoln in a top hat made of an oatmeal container. Our witch’s dresses and hats were handmade and often hand-me-downs.

In honor of the holiday, I’m sharing this old story about one memorable costume I wore, fashioned by my dad. I wanted to be the devil and my dad thought a real pitchfork was the perfect accessory.

Whatever you choose to be in Halloween, I hope you enjoy it and that you have a great day. May your pillowcase be filled with only good candy and no toothbrushes! (What? You mean your family didn’t use pillowcases to collect your treats?)

Memoir Contest Winner: Honorable Mention for Catherine Lanser’s Costume Accessory

Post #181 – Women’s Memoirs, ScrapMoir – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett Catherine Lanser brings us her memory of a childhood Halloween costume from a time when homemade costumes were more the rule than the exception. Thank you, Catherine for this one submitted to our October 2011 Memoir Writing Contest.

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