October 28, 2014

Halloween.

My first Halloween was in 1986. I was in the 2nd grade. I had no idea what this holiday was about. My family had come to the US from Korea in August of that year and so we were learning a lot about different things in our new surroundings. 

I was a bunny that year. My costume was homemade. My mother put me in a white cardigan and sewed a rabbit's tail on my skirt. She topped the costume off with rabbit ears we picked up at Toys"R"Us. I remember liking my costume but once I saw what other kids were wearing I remember not liking it so much. I wanted what the other kids had -- the plastic looking pumpkin and ghost costumes from Party City. It didn't particularly look nice but it was just what everyone else was doing. Oh how I look back and think how ungrateful I was. 

Halloween was never particularly my favorite holiday. I think I stopped dressing up after 6th grade and did once more in my senior year of high school. We haven't had trick or treaters come by where we lived in so many years that I forgot what it felt like to hand candy out. 

Maybe it's the feeling of finally being rooted somewhere {our new home} but I've been getting kind of into the Halloween spirit. We were going to dress up but probably won't, but instead we dressed our home up a little. We also have candy once more and think that there is a good chance we'll have trick or treaters. I am guessing that there will be a lot of Elsas, Annas and Olafs. But by golly Halloween better come around quickly because I may just finish all our candy before it does. 

PS -- My favorite Halloween costumes as of late are the ones where people mash up names. Like.. Stevie Wonder Woman or Pee Wee Herman Munster or Carrot Top Chef. Oh I also saw a I Love Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds costume floating around the Internet somewhere. If you could, what would you do for a mash up costume? 

30 comments

  1. I never grew up with Halloween as it wasn't popular
    at all in my country :P I bet you looked reaaaal cute
    in your first outfit of that bunny suit ;)
    I love crazy creative outfits! The crazier the better c:
    If I could: a panda pikachu? Ha ;')
    Xx

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  2. Seriously that bunny rabbit costume sounds super cute! This day an age, as an adult is sounds minimalistic, simple and cost effective. Ah but when we are children we think like children and do not think as largely as we should :)

    Your home looks wonderful

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  3. I wish I could look at a photograph of you in the bunny costume, Jane! Sounds like so much love. :) Also, Stevie Wonder Woman would totally rock, haha!

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  4. I think your bunny costume sounded adorable!!! I know the feeling of wanting to just fit in with the other kids :)

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  5. I don't really dress up for Halloween anymore but I love seeing what other people wear. Mashup costumes are so fun!

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  6. Love the idea of a mash up costume! Maybe i would do a Pris Pepe le pew (Pris Sutton from Blade Runner)

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  7. Love all the orange photos! A cohesive presentation :). So very "fall". I love the mashup costume idea! Putting it in my back pocket.

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  8. I hope you enjoy Halloween this year! It should be extra fun because it falls on a Friday this year :)

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  9. I am with you! Halloween always stressed me out a bit as a kid! Dressing up and everyone looking at what your costume was.... Pressure! Mine were always handmade as well. I try to just take it easy with the beans by taking them to a couple houses and then heading back home to sit at our little table by the door with our lit jack-o-lantern to hand out candy with a cup of hot chocolate! Enjoy handing out the candy!!! Glad to be back and popping by to see you !! Nicole xo

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  10. i've never had a halloween party in my life. ever. it's not something that's being celebrated in my country. but i like the idea of the celebration (and who doesn't love candy and all those decoration?).

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  11. I am loving that wreathe, Jane:) And yeah....Halloween better come soon, coz the kiddos and I don't know how long we'll last resisting all the candy temptation!

    PS The mashup costumes do sound cool. I might do something like that next year:D

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  12. I've never heard of mash up costumes! That's talent! lol

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  13. I wish i'll have at least one descent halloween in my life!

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  14. Loving your wreath and lights Jane. I love Halloween. Not the sinister things, but FUN things. I've been Cleopatra, Flapper Girl, Doll, Indian, Witch, Princess. HAHAHA The list goes on. You guys are going to have a great Halloween.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  15. I've never really been a fan of Halloween.... my worst costume was probably a clown! I hate clowns! haha and I've never even been to "adult" party. I just never really get into that much... maybe one day when we have a house/kids that will change! haha

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  16. nice post! the photos are lovely ;)

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  17. Those first two photos look so cool the way you arranged them! I'm such a Halloween geek, but I don't get trick-or-treaters at my house. Too bad, 'cause I'd love to answer the door with my pet rats on my shoulders! Oh my goodness, I Love Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds--that's perfect. ♥

    zauberbear.blogspot.com

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  18. I was never a big fan of Halloween either. As a kid, my parents made me wear the same outfit for 2-3 years as that was the "sensible thing to do financially." That outfit was a clown...enough said. Then as I got older, all of the outfits were surrounded around "sexy themes- sexy police officer, sexy firefighter, sexy teacher, I was just not into that either. So I came to terms with the fact that it was "okay" to not be into every holiday that came around, and Halloween was definitely one of them.

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  19. I was the same exact way as a kid! My mom would sew ALL of our costumes, year after year. A bird, a robot, a shark, a clown etc. In retrospect, they were all magnificent but at the time, I was just dying to be a barbie, or a princess or a bride. It's so fun to reminisce ... Happy Halloween!

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  20. I get a bit sad seeing all the cool Halloween from my American friends - love the colours and the dressing up and the trick or treating, need to start a petition to bring it to Australia!

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  21. I love Halloween and dressing up, but I always manage to procrastinate until the day before Halloween and haven't bothered dressing up in ages. I keep coming up with awesome ideas, I just never put a plan in place to make them happen.

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  22. When I think back on Halloween, I don't remember it very fondly. I remember my parents being too busy to buy me a costume and people asking me why I wasn't dressed up when I rang their doorbell. I think not celebrating the way North Americans usually do is just a part of being first generation. I've vowed to make every holiday for my future spawn amazing :)

    Glad to see you're in the Halloween spirit, though!

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  23. awwwh I love bunnies! hahah and these pictures are beautiful, Jane

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  24. It is really surprising to see all the good and decoration for Halloween in Japan :-) I think it's really a western tradition. Anyway, it is nice that we celebrate together and knowing the culture is wonderful(^_^)v

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  25. Yes the mash up costumes are oh-so-clever! Although one of my faves from this year is my girlfriend's shrimp cocktail costume. She wore a cocktail dress with a homemade shrimp headpiece - adorable

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  26. Love the orange lights! I never liked halloween either. But ever since we moved to our house, I've enjoyed it. We get TONS of kids trick or treating every year. My neighbor even puts on fake fog on his front lawn. It's really cute. Plus we get to eat all the leftover candy. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  27. Gorgeous pictures as always. I love the idea of mashing up two names for a Halloween costume. Hmmm, let me think... Maybe I'd do Bernadette Peter(s) Rabbit? Close enough? :)

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  28. I love Halloween and I have been majorly in the Halloween spirit of late!!

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  29. Gorgeous oranges in the three pictures! We don't (really, only few stores decorations) have Halloween here in Barcelona but even though I'm not a costume girl I would love to host a Halloween party at home and decorate it, I also love all the themed food (people is really inventive!). Hope you had a nice one way loong ago (catching up sooo late :S)

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