The October Memoir Challenge posting days are the odd-numbered ones, but I’m putting my third post up early since I’ll be at an all-day photography workshop tomorrow. The first week’s theme was Childhood. I covered two sub-themes of things that showed up more in my life as a child and less as an adult:
A third topic that fits in that realm — costumes. I know some adults find occasions (Cons, Renaissance Faire, roller derbies) to create and wear costumes. My response is equal parts envy (how cool!) and mystification (how can it possibly worth that much effort?).
When we were a bit older, Dale and I routinely won in the “group costume” category of the annual Lions Club Halloween Parade in Louisiana, Missouri. Of course, there were very few participants in the “group costume” category and that helped our chances considerably. Our costumes always consisted of homemade sandwich boards made from decorated poster sheets. I remember one year we were Ding Dongs (those Hostess chocolate-covered cupcakes) one of us was “Ding” and the other was “Dong.” For me, the best part of the Halloween Parade was powdered-sugar donuts and apple cider on the Riverfront at the end.
When we got older, we had the rare occasion to make up our own costumes, but we seemed to have inherited my mother’s lack of patience and creativity in this area. Dale did better than me on this occasion.
How often did you wear costumes as a child? How about now? Will you be dressing up for Halloween this year?