Vintage Halloween Hop

Welcome to the way-back machine, where we take a look at Halloween costumes past. This was Amy’s awesome idea, but she agreed to share with me because she’s my BIFF (best internet friend forever). I was one of those kids whose mom handmade all her costumes, which NOW I think was awesome but at I time I thought was SO LAME. Why couldn’t I have a cheap plastic Little Mermaid costume like all the other kids? (I mean besides the fact that my mom wasn’t crazy enough to let me Trick-or-Treat in 40 degree temps wearing a seashell bra.) Check out some of the best ones:

(Apologies for crappy scanned photos – my mom did them as PDF’s & changing them ruined the quality)

I am probably 3 1/2 or 4, based on the baby swing for my sister in the background. This one was actually made by my grandmother when my mom was a kid - I loved vintage, even as a toddler! Except back then we called it "dress up".

I am a bride and my sister is a fairy princess. My veil was made out of an old pair of curtains and I can still remember exactly how they smelled. I have no idea why I am holding wrapped presents.

This time I'M the fairy princess and Carolyn is an angel. There were other years with the same tutus/wands/wings combos - princess bride, ballerina princess, fairy bride, ballerina fairy. Whatever. Gimme a tutu and a crown and I am HAPPY. I should add my mom hand sewed all the sequins to all the tutus in all these pictures. WITH HER HANDS.

I wore this costume to school and I LOVED it. My grandmother made it (including the wig) for my mom when she was a kid. I remember being really sad when I outgrew it a few years later and couldn't wear it again. And check out the super sexy base housing in the background (this was the only time we ever lived on base.)

This was the BEST costume I ever wore. Not only did my mom make the genie costume by hand (out of satin! which is so hard to sew with! Project Runway taught me that!) but she made it FOR HERSELF when she was in middle school. AMAZING! She made Carolyn the Tiger Lily costume (we were obsessed with the live-action Peter Pan with Mary Martin where Tiger Lily is a blond) and she probably made Drew's costume too. Mother of the decade, amiright?

And this one again, because we all look so great and because I like scaring my middle school BFF by posting pictures of her on the internet (She reads my blog! How crazy is that?!)

Now it’s your turn! Link up a vintage-inspired Halloween post. It can be a photo of your costume from high school, a story about trick-or-treating in your snowboots, or memories of your best costume as a kid. Whatever you want! The linky will be open all weekend so be sure to check back and hop around to see everyone’s posts and link up. It’s a great way to get ideas for Halloween next year – I am totally going to talk my mom into making make Little Evan a clown costume.



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22 Responses to “Vintage Halloween Hop”

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  2. I love yours. The genie is the best, but the pumpkin boobs are pretty amazing. My mom made almost all of our costumes and I HATED it. Now, I wish I had kept them. I still have my toddler witch hat, but that is about it.

  3. Joanna says:

    Love the costumes.

    I also thought you were wearing pumpkin boobs.

    And for the record I LOVE that Peter Pan. I remember watching it over and over again and dancing around the living room. That was one of our absolute favorites as a child & I need to find it so I can share it with Madison when her attention span lasts longer than 3 minutes.

  4. Leah says:

    Love these all. We, as a househould, were also obsessed with the stage version of Peter Pan. I have been known to bust out a “I’ve gotta crow. Er! Er! Er! Errr!” every so often.

  5. Kimberly says:

    Oh that clown costume would have been perfect for O this year- exactly what I was looking for! And your family is adorable :)

  6. kodi says:

    I’m not surprised AT ALL that your mom is crafty, because dude…so are you! :)

  7. jill says:

    genie is for reals the best one! im also kinda a sucker for the big clown costume. my link is from last year but i wanted to play along. it was fun to look back and see those crazy costumes my mom made me wear!

  8. Terri Babin says:


    I was just looking at my daughter’s adorable little knit bunny you made for her, and thought, “sheesh, did I ever stop by and say thank you?” It was so great meeting you at Blog Her ’11, thank you so much for the bunny, and helping with Kyliana while I ate breakfast. She adores her bunny, and it’s something we’ll treasure forever. I promise I’ll try to do a better job of keeping in touch.


  9. Robyn says:

    I love the costumes, but the genie is the best. To me, the mom who makes Halloween costumes every year truly is super mom, especially when the kids would rather just have the store bought one. I decided to make Rory’s costume this year (with the help of my mom, thank god), and i quickly realized it is a thankless job and just hope when Rory is older she’ll appreciate it!

  10. Shari says:

    I was a genie one year, too — fourth grade, I think.

    Your costumes are adorable!! So creative!!

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  12. Alena says:

    Your Mom….I mean I don’t even have words. ROCKSTAR. It makes me feel like I need to buckle down and learn how to really sew.

    Genie costume? THE MOST AWESOME.

    And you know how some people don’t look the same now as when they were kids. You look exactly the same. Way to be ageless.

  13. the grumbles says:

    omg. the pumpkin boobs. i think you win for the genie costume though. i would have KILLED for that at that age. the last one looks exactly like YOU.

  14. Katherine says:

    I love it! You were (and are) completely adorable! And your mom? Freaking amazeballs. You clearly got your craftiness from her!

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  16. mandy says:

    your mom rules.

    that last picture is crazy! it seriously looks like you’re just a short version of yourself now. which i guess you were, but you know what i mean? you look exactly the same. bottle some of that for me, mkay?

  17. Brigid Keely says:

    I had that clown costume, only it was green and white checked. I’m guessing it came from a pattern book? Mine also had a cloth wig… the “skull cap” was white cotton and the “hair” was orange yarn.

  18. My mother made all of our costumes as kids too – somehow that part of the creativity gene pool just didn’t make it down to me though. Thank gawd for Target!

  19. molly says:

    How cute were you?! I think I like the genie costume best. I mean, your pose was fierce.

    I’m going to try to find a photo of me when I dressed up as a carrot. One year I insisted on being a carrot. I don’t know why as I still refuse to eat carrots. But ya know, I was like 7 so whatever.

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  22. […] be fun to break out some old Halloween photos to share, after seeing Suzanne at bebehblog’s Vintage Halloween Hop. So, humor me. I got a good kick out of old pictures of my brother and I in Halloween garb. First […]

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