In honor of Halloween, I decided to think back through my years of trick-or-treating to come up with a list of 10 Halloween costumes I’ve worn since I was a kid.
It’s been a while since I’ve dressed up for Halloween. The last time was for a Halloween party — something I’d rarely, if ever attend under normal circumstances, not because I don’t like Halloween costumes but because I’m really not a party guy. But in any case, I’ll start off the list with that last costume.
1. The Grim Reaper
Complete with a dark mark so no one could see my face, the black frock and the trademark scythe.
2. Mr. Spock
My mom put together a Star Trek uniform based on the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan movie design, and I added some rank insignia I purchased online. (And yes, I bought Vulcan ears as well, which were quite difficult to put on and keep on. I don’t know how Leonard Nimoy stood it all those years!
White sheet, black paint and holes for eyes. It doesn’t get any more simple than that.
I think every little boy dresses up as a cowboy for Halloween at least once. In my day, we had loud cap pistols to go along with the cowboy hat and vest. I honestly don’t know if they still make cap pistols anymore, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t.
5. Inspector Sidney Wang
I dressed up as Peter Sellers’ character in Neil Simon’s Murder By Death. It’s a great film if you’ve never seen it, it’s worth a watch:
Obviously, Mom assisted with this one as well.
I had the nice silk cape and the hair swept back. But I didn’t bother with the plastic fangs: they never quite fit correctly.
Though I don’t have any photos to support this memory, I am almost positive that I dressed up at some point when I was very young as a clown. It wasn’t of the scary variety and I didn’t terrorize any of my fellow trick-or-treaters.
I dressed as a shepherd one Halloween, borrowing a costume Mom had made for Dad to wear during a very minor part in a church skit. I wore a long beard with it and had a wooden walking stick as the “staff.”
The skeleton costume I recall wasn’t all that detailed, but I do remember the skull mask.
10. Mysterious Monster
I don’t know of a better way to describe this one because it didn’t seem to be based on any fictional villain that I could ever figure out. It was a horned figure with a gray rock-looking face with eyes cut out and a velvet-like material that covered the top and back of your head and extended to the shoulders. Worn with all black, it was an effective costume, even though it was just a monster based on nothing in particular.
The strangest thing about my list is the fact that I never dressed up as Elvis, despite the fact that my mom is a big fan.
What do you remember dressing up as for Halloween?
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