Ghosts of Halloween Past

My mom is a Halloween costume genius, and all she needs is a box, scissors, and some wrapping paper. Very economical. We moved a lot when I was growing up, so I am sure that there was always a good sized box laying around. While you will see that the costumes  she made were both creative and adorable, I am still trying to figure out how my sisters and I agreed to wear them as they look extremely uncomfortable and even a bit dangerous. Here is a hilarious look at the many uses of a cardboard box to put you in the Halloween spirit!

Being the first child, I was naturally the first one to endure the box on Halloween. I am thinking that at age 4, my arms were finally long enough to allow my hands to peek out of the sides and hold my candy bucket…..barely.

Fortunately (for mom), we moved enough to where the idea of using a box for Halloween never lost its luster with the neighbors. Here is my sister, Katie, as a present a few years later. She looks thrilled about sitting in a box all day. Little did she know the box costume agony that was to befall her in a few short years.

Now…are you ready? This is the grand finale of box costumes. My mom still brags about this one, and really, I cannot blame her. Fortunately, I did not have to wear it, Katie did. As I look at this picture, I wonder if mom chose to hide her face because of the less than thrilled face she was making as a present. Or maybe she got grounded the night before, so mom decided to punish her with this costume. Either way, it makes for hilarious pictures. Don’t worry, Katie was not the only box that year. Mom softened the blow a bit by making Elizabeth a dice.

Yes folks, that is Katie dressed up as a dryer. I am sure you are wondering how she went trick or treating without being able to see anything. You can notice in the picture that she is already grasping for Elizabeth’s hand. Don’t worry… The dryer door conveniently swings open, but I am pretty sure Katie had to hold it like that in order to see all night. I am sure she bumped into several other trick or treaters that night…and possibly a tree or two. I am also sure that she was the only person with that costume, and must have won several Halloween party awards (or should I say mom won the awards). I hope you enjoyed this look at Halloweens gone by! Maybe you even got a few ideas:)

What is your favorite Halloween costume memory?


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