What does Halloween mean to me? Halloween was always my time to be someone else, to shed my skin and become someone else for a night. As I grew older, different outlets opened up, like conventions, D&D, the renaissance festival...But Halloween memories and the feelings this time of year evoke for me have stayed through all those changes.
I remember looking for an appropriately sized Ben Cooper costume at Woolco. The costume was folded in a box, with the mask on top.
I remember the Batman Costume... Silver age, 1960s/70s era Batman that I wore one year. That synthetic(probably flammable) costume and the stiff plastic mask with the little mouth slit. I found this online with what I remember it being like.
|Credit to whoever Erick is for sharing this. If I tried to find my Moms old Halloween pictures...|
let's just say there is a closet or two of photo albums.
I remember one year jumping out to spook someone and spilling...my...entire bag of candy. I remember the person I spooked patiently helping me pick up my candy, and I remember feeling like an absolute tool.
I remember putting on a black turtleneck and draping a piece of cloth over my neck and thinking I had achieved this effect:
I remember later wrapping that cloth around my head to be a ninja.(same night)
I remember never dressing as the monster or the villain, always the hero. There was one year I had a clown costume, but they really only got super-creepy later on.
These days, I prowl the costume aisle and shops to see the trends, usually based on whatever movie was popular this year. I watch spooky movies to set the mood, and I observe All Hallows eve as the traditional last night of the year. I say farewell to the ones lost and bid them good journey to their next place.
The last two Halloween parties I went to were at my neighbors, one was a B-movie theme(tuck a katana inside a trench coat and you are the Highlander!) and the other was a superhero party. I dressed as Green Arrow(longbow hunters timeframe) and was mistaken for Robin Hood all night.
Some people ain't got no culture, you'know? And I couldn't even tell them they had failed the city...
And now for some folks who did not fail the city:
- Retro Ramblings gave us Night Gallery, Elvira, Music videos and the origin of Ouija
- Collectors Universe showed us her adventures in decorating
- Cassie's Library got to the roots of Halloween but prefers Christmas
- Toy Break tells the tale of a trick-or-treat hack gone awry
- The Toy Box shows us a nightmare before Christmas in Re-Action
- 20 Years Before 2000 spins a sad tale of double dragons and the Halloween that wasn't