Halloween Costumes: A Personal Retrospective

Fall is my favorite time of year.  The crisp air, just cool enough to be comfortable and maybe require a light jacket, but not the bitter frozen temperatures of winter.  The sound of dried, fallen leaves blown by the wind.  The strange orangey glow of an autumn sunset.  The smell of fall is indescribable, but one that is always one that is the most indelibly tied to memories of haunted houses, costume shopping, and playing with my Freddy glove replica.

I’ve love Halloween and since I was a kid. I always dressed up as something (minus about two years in high school and the four years of college).  I can’t remember them all, and there were a couple years where we had to skip trick-or-treating.  One notable incident occurred when I was 5 or 6.  Living in Las Vegas, it rained horribly and drowned out the annual Halloween excursion.  Instead, we rented Nightmare on Elm Street 1 & 3.  As a 5-6 year old, I was terrified and it had a lasting impact.  I mean I couldn’t even be safe ASLEEP according to that film!  I always credit that experience to my current stoicism.  I was scared of essentially everything for the next 2-3 years.  And have never really been scared since…

The times missing trick-or-treating were rare, however, and most of the time my sister and I went through the neighborhood, dressed as SOMETHING, collecting our bounty, and being scared by houses with good displays (one kid dressed as Jason, stood perfectly still, then ran after kids when they got close!).

Unusually, I never dressed up as monsters or anything scary.  I was always something fun or goofy.  In the 80s, it was all about fun.  Here are some classic 80s costumes from my Halloween past!  Some of them may be out of order, the dates weren’t always clear, but it’s mostly right!

Circa 1984. I’m a pumpkin. I don’t remember the costume…but I DO remember that candy pail. Apparently I chose to coordinate to match that year. I loved that pail, but they never hold much candy.
Circa 1985. Of all my lil kid costumes, I remember this robot the best. I have no idea why. Something about that gold mask…
Circa 1986. My sister and I as matching skeletons! I remember seeing this same thing in the Karate Kid later. It was just a black shirt and pants with glow-in-the-dark bones on it. I used them as pajamas later. I remember now it had a skull mask that cut into your eye sockets…
Circa 1987. I LOVED dinosaurs. In fact, I STILL love dinosaurs. I wore this costume to play dinosaur for a couple years after I wore it for Halloween.  Oh and, ahem, RAWR!
Circa 1987 again. The dinosaur showing the foam plates on my head. My sister was a black cat that year!  As an aside, I LOVE the Real Ghostbusters loot bag.
Circa 1988. I have to admit I have no idea what I am here. My mom doesn’t even remember. I’m apparently some kind of Halloween video game robot. That’s my best guess.
Circa 1988.  These are my body-popping moves.
Circa 1988. Just to show it had more weird stuff on the back.
Circa 1989. I’m supposed to be the Joker here, but it might come off a little too regular clowny. I also remember I tried to use spray on hair dye that didn’t work because of my black hair.

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