For starters let me just say that I always wanted to wear those store bought costumes. I always wanted to be like everyone else (didn't most kids?) However; as I look back I realize my parents were extremely talented and actually did me a huge favor in molding my creativity.
1983 Age: 8
Scene prior to a Halloween costume contest at the local park.
Chep: "Snowmen in October?"
Mom: "Yes! You will be most entertaining"
Chep: "But MOM it's so BIG! The head keeps falling down!"
Mom: "It adds to the character - it is SO cute!"
Chep: "Well why do I always have to be the BOY" (this will be seen in future posts)
Mom: "Because your sister is smaller and makes a better girl. Now quit arguing and get your father some candy!"
We went trick or Treating with friends. Who (obviously) got to wear store bought costumes.
Mom: "So what do you want to wear?"
Chep: "I'd like to be a witch"
Mom: "Your sister's being a witch. How about the Statue of Liberty?"
Chep: "WHAT? Why would I want to be that? I don't think so"
Mom: "It will be COOL! We can make you a crown and a torch out of a flashlight!"
Chep: "I don't like the sound of that. M and D are going as Star Wars characters can't I do something cool like that?"
Mom: "What is cooler than the Statue of Liberty? You don't have to go at all you know. You are a BIT old"
Chep: "Fine. "
Mom: "Great! You will be SO cute!"
And ya know? She was right. It was creative - I had a flashlight built into my costume so I didn't have to wear one of those dorky blinkers like everyone else did!
As I got older I started working with the parks department and was an active participant in the Haunted Forest. It was a chance to use this creative energy given to me by my parents. I will admit - my costumes did get a bit - well - more horrific as you can see here.
I don't look down on those that do the store bought costumes - however I must admit - that being a child of the "Cardboard and Duct Tape King" made for an interesting childhood!