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October 26, 2012
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Halloween costumes bring back memories

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday and each year brings new experiences that make me love it even more.

My first memory of Halloween is the costume I went out trick or treating with my grandmother, who lived 500 miles away. She made me a homemade costume that I wish I still had today. The costume was supposed to be a butterfly. It was purple with butterfly-like markings on the body, wings and antennas, and it engulfed my small, child-size body the second I put it on. I remember hating that costume, but today I would kill to have it. It was so unique, so one of a kind.

The next memory I have, I went as a typical witch after demanding to be one. I remember my parents thinking it was so unoriginal, which it may be, but I wanted to be one so badly. That year I had a black hat, drab robe and outfit along with a broom. I loved that costume.

Other years, memories seem kind of faded for me now. I went as a princess, someone from the '80s, wore a series of scary masks, and, when I got older, I found my true passion, creating my own costumes.

Every year for Halloween I would start planning very early. Some years, I started planning right after Halloween so I had the entire year. I loved everything about the holiday. I loved the festiveness, the candy, the tradition, but most of all the costumes.

My high school had a contest every year around Halloween time for the best costume. I was determined to win this contest so each year I worked harder on my outfit. My freshman year I went as a barrel of monkeys, which went over really well. I won that year. The following year I went as a Christmas tree and lost to another girl. She had a great costume--a cup of Kraft's Easy Mac. The next year I didn't enter the contest because I didn't have my costume together in time. For my senior year, I took inspiration from one of my favorite film series: Toy Story. I wanted to go as my favorite character, Mrs. Potato Head. I made the eyes, nose and other parts of her body with Crayola modeling clay. I worked hard on molding the pieces and making sure I got them just right. After I was satisfied, I painted them. For the body I got thin, flexible foam. I put cheap brown cloth found anywhere that sells fabric, and I sewed it on. I did the same thing with the ears except for making them a lighter color. The costume had armholes and leg holes. On the face of the costume I put some pink blush to make her look more feminine. After I completed my costume I tried it on. I wore pink boots and a pink purse as accessories. I bought the hands from a store's Mickey Mouse costume.

Today, Halloween is still my favorite holiday, but I don't do as much as I wish I could for it. Growing older has made it next to impossible to find time to make a costume, and trick or treating isn't really acceptable anymore.

All I know is that I love Halloween and that I will make sure my kids and grandkids have wonderful experiences with the holiday. I hope I can make costumes like my grandmother did for me when I was little. Now I have a passion for making costumes, and a lot of memories.

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