Two decades of wearing Halloween costumes, and I still miss the fun

Published 5:07 pm Friday, October 20, 2017

Last weekend I attended a costume engagement party.

As an adult, I don’t get the opportunity to dress up for Halloween as much as I did between ages 2 to 22. So the opportunity to don a costume was an exciting one.

I chose to dress as Superman, wearing what was essentially a blue onesie pajama suit with padded muscles and a big S on my chest. Oh yeah, and the cape, of course. A little mousse in my hair to get a slicked back effect and I was looking just like Kal-El (the Kryptonian birth name of Superman, for the uninformed).

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It’s not the first time I’ve dressed as a superhero for Halloween. One of my earliest costumes was Rafael, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that wears a red bandana. I was 4, and my mom made the costume from scratch from the patterns you can buy at sewing stores. We still have the costume hanging in a closet at the house, its itchy-green fabric and gigantic turtle shell backpack awaiting the day it will be worn again.

I’ve been a vampire, a ninja and a cow. I’ve been a spooky skeleton and I’ve been a Jedi.

I’ve been a Pokémon trainer, which I’ll admit is one of my least creative costumes because nobody knew what I was supposed to be. I’ve also been a knight, which was one of my favorite costumes, because I cobbled the costume together with spare pieces I had collected from other toys and costumes over the years.

My final year of Trick-r-Treating in seventh grade, I went as myself. I wore a long sleeve T-shirt and jeans. When people realized I was trying to be a smart aleck and get free candy with minimal effort, lots of houses turned me down and told me to come back with a costume. That year, my candy bucket was a little on the light side.

In college, my old standby was Aladdin. That was before my hair became speckled with gray. I guess these days I could attempt a grandpa Aladdin.

One year in high school, I took it upon myself to hand out the candy at our door. I wore a Santa Claus hat and announced, “Happy Easter!” to the kids coming to our door. I thought I was hilarious, and it made my night whenever a kid corrected my holiday schedule.

Everyone can remember a few of their favorite costumes and the fun they had wearing them on Halloween.

What were your favorites?