It’s hard to be angry in a Halloween costume, but I managed it

Because it’s Monday, the day after Halloween and I’m recovering from more dental surgery . . .

I’m sharing with you possibly the most hilarious, embarrassing photo of myself. Ever.

In 1994, I was a sassy 9-year-old who had grown weary of being photographed. I went through what I’d consider to be a years-long pout — basically, I was cranky, grumpy and didn’t like being told what to do.

(Well, I’m still not big on the whole “taking orders” thing. But, you know.)

I don’t remember the decision-making process that brought me to this moment: a reluctant fourth-grader being coerced into smiling for her mom, who was joyfully snapping pictures of her girls in our backyard. I’ve seen that annoyed glint in my eye on many occasions, and still spot it in snapshots here and there.

And I don’t remember choosing to be a sock-hop girl. Halloween costumes around my house were always very cute and creative. Growing up with a younger sister, many of our outfits actually matched — a fact that caused me grief. I do remember that I was alone as an angry poodle-skirt-wearing girl this year; Katie opted for another look entirely. But in other years, we were both beauty pageant winners and witches. And one year, Katie was Beauty from “Beauty And The Beast.” (And she carried a Beast doll, which was adorable.) I was a fairy godmother. (But probably not hers.)

This Halloween, we were home loading up on “Hocus Pocus,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Ernest Scared Stupid.” After carving our pumpkins, Spencer helped us round up the pumpkin seeds and toast them in the oven. Drenched in salt and crunchy, they were a fantastic seasonal treat.

But no costumes for me. And no angry poodle-skirt scowl, either.

How was everyone’s holiday? Any tales of tricks or treats?

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28 thoughts on “It’s hard to be angry in a Halloween costume, but I managed it

  1. In the Netherlands we don’t do much Haloweenish. We had kids come by trick or treating a few years ago but last 2 years no one. It’s not a tradition so it’s just begging for sweeties in my eyes.

  2. You poor thing! You don’t look happy. I think the last time I dressed up was before kids. Hubby and I dressed up as a nun and priest. I don’t do costumes anymore. Sadly, my 12 year old told me this would be her last year. She is over it. She didn’t even want to carve a pumpkin this year! Why do they have to grow up?

    • My 14-year-old cousin wasn’t excited about Halloween this year, either! It’s hard for to me to believe she’s “over” the holiday, too. We had so much fun through her childhood! Sniff.

  3. Great photo. I love seeing photos of when people were kids. My daughter’s 10 this year and would hate to wear anything that girly. She was an enchantress, which seems to basically involve wearing all black and a black hooded cape with wide sleeves that she used for her bird demon costume last year.

    We roasted pumpkin seeds too- yum!

    • Your daughter’s costume sounds cool! I went through an anti-girly phase, too. And now my favorite color is pink, so things definitely change! Haha.

  4. I spent an inordinate amount of time making Halloween Cookies. Then I watched I Married a Witch.

    My favorite line from Hocus Pocus is:
    Boys! Can we play with them?

    • Oooh, Halloween cookies! I should have come by your house! πŸ™‚

      We love that line from “Hocus Pocus,” too — and were just laughing about it!

  5. Such a cute photo! I was the exact opposite of you…my mom had me SO trained to smile for the camera. You can see in family home videos when the camera came out all of a sudden all three of us would say CHEEEEEESEEEEE and smile. It’s kind of sad. It was very Pavlovian.

    • Haha, my sister and I were pretty Pavlovian at times, too! The movie camera was the worst. We were always hamming it up and trying to top one another with funny antics.

  6. What a crack up! Everyone has to have their surly phase! I love that yours has a costume πŸ™‚ I, unfortunately was in this phase for quite a few years!

  7. lol…awesome.

    I generally enjoy dressing up for halloween though in recent years I’ve sometimes been cranky and reticent to do so, mainly because I really want to go over the top and I can never seem to find the time/energy to do so and as a result I kind of pout a little bit at the “shoddy” job I have to settle on.

  8. Ok, I have to say it, that is just too funny. My LOL for the day.

    I can remember being pouty for a few years myself. Not sure if any photos survived though.

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