It was the day we looked forward to, prepared for, and talked about. We are proud of some, embarrassed by some, and question our parent's judgement on others. We have a collective memory of awards won, best costumes and beloved characters.
Yes, folks, here is a look at OUR Halloween pictures.
I'll go first...
I'm on the left and this is my only Halloween picture from when I was a kid. Apparently, I was scared of all the spooky characters and so my mum made me a monk costume and gave me a big tin foil cross to ward off all the ghosts and devils! My sister was dressed up as a whitch and was wearing a beautiful cape that my mum hand-sewed years before. Big pumpkins were not available, so we carved sweedes. England, 1982
Eric, my husband, dressed up as a ghostbuster. He made the costume himself out of a baseball bat and pipe attached to his backpack. As a kid, he scratched the photo to make it a little more exciting! I love the look on his face - perfect 12 year old fun. California, 1984
At 3, Celina of Petite a Petite was a tad bit overwhelmed by the face make-up, but this cute little clown got over her worries and here she is all dressed up and ready for Carnival with her cousins. Morocco, 1979
Jane of Buzz Mills was 12 and her costume had to be perfect because this was one of her first boy/girl parties. She wanted to be the Queen of Hearts, but ran out of time for detailing the card. Pennsylvania, 1990
Cerys of Rainy Day Mum was 5 in this picture and is rocking a homemade witch mask. I love the hair and think my girls would enjoy making these masks. England, Early 80s
This Punky Brewster is Melissa of Mama Miss. She is pictured with her siblings - a knight and a queen.
Don't you think Kendall of Home Learning Journey is an adorable pumpkin? I love her brother's teddy outfit. Washington State, 1991
Caroline of Salsa Pie is lucky to be married to little Zorro on the right. Meet Gilberto, at aged 2, all ready for Carnival. Gil is standing with his sisters, who are dressed up as go-go girls. Venezuela, 1969
Valerie of Glittering Muffins did an amazing job making her monster costume out of the inside of button shirt collars. Athlough you can't tell in the picture, the costume is pink, blue, yellow, and green. I think it is neat that both of her Halloween pictures were taken in the same spot. In the picture on the right, Valerie chose to be a bride because everyone else was dressing up as a witch. Quebec, Canada, 1985
This little mouse is my favourite. Poor Maggy of Red Ted Art was sad becasue she wanted to be a cat like her older brother and she didn't like face paint. How sweet is her little face full of disapointment? Spain, 1978
Looking at all of these Halloween pictures makes me realize how important it is to catch the real moments in our children's lives. So often with our digital cameras and unlimited memory, we re-take pictures until we have a perfectly composed picture with smiling faces. In our effort for perfection, we loose the importantance and humor of recording real life.
Thank you to everyone for sharing your Halloween pictures.
If you have a favourite Halloween memory, please share.
I wonder, in 20 or 30 years, what will our kids be saying about this year's Halloween costumes?