Improvised Halloween

Costume PartyFirst time I celebrated Halloween was when I was 12. Now don’t look at me like that! I did not miss out on dressing up fun, nor on going from door to door to get treats. Just that these things happened at different moments in the year…

When I was 12 and celebrated my first ever Halloween, I think I was a bit in the dark about what Halloween actually is. My ESL teacher asked me during the last week of October what I would be for Halloween, well I had no idea. But she had a great book with costume ideas (in my household costumes were never ever bought!) One of the pictures inspired me and my mother and I got to work.

We bought some long sleeve t-shirts, some gloves and started taking everything apart. We sewed the cloves to the sleeves, except for two, and then we stuffed the sleeves with leaves. Why leaves? Well all of the newspapers were thrown out and fall in Pennsylvania was rich in leaves. So we stuffed the sleeves with leaves, and then proceeded to sow them onto the t-shirt that I would wear. All of this was done on the 30th of Halloween.

On Halloween, I came to school with 7 Arms, which over the day became quite itchy, but oh well. The other kids loved my costume, but I didn’t win a prize for it. And then it was time for my first trick or treating.

In the 2 following years, I made sure to participate in Halloween fun. But no costume came close to the first. I went from door to door dressed as a man, and people weren’T sure if I was a boy or girl… Then I dressed up as a barbie or something, but wearing huge timberland boots.

After leaving the US, Halloween once again lost its importance. I remember that in my second year of Uni I dressed in one of my favourite costumes. My sister was there to visit and spend ages painting me green. My skin was green, my hair was green, my shoes were green. And I was glittery. Equipped with a corset and a set of wings I was the absinthe fairy.

This year, I don’t think that I’ll be dressing up for Halloween. But I felt like joining Eclectic Alli’s Costume Party which is still on until Saturday 31st of October.

If you are curious about my Carnival Costumes, I might be doing a post on those when the time comes.

Badge courtesy of Eclectic Alli
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