12 Lucky Holiday Winners

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vicki Batman on...

Halloween Dress Up!

It's Muse It Up Publishing's first birthday, and I would like to say Happy Birthday!

And add I am thrilled to be a Muse author.

My Halloween memories go way back, way, way back. Since my family didn't have money to spend on store-bought costumes, Mom told us to use our creativity. I didn't feel like I had any creativity since my sissie had been deemed the artsy one. And did it really matter since Halloween is mostly about candy and I adored chocolate?

One year, someone held a yard sale on a huge corner lot. Line had been strung between two big oak trees and clothing on wire hangars dangled from the string. I'd never been to a yard sale before and talked my best friend into going to see what one was like. We walked around, looking at all the stuff. Finally, I stepped over to the clothing and flipped through it. A fancy, midnight blue lace dress with short sleeves, lined in a matching satin caught my eye. A net petticoat had been sewn in to create the bell shape popular in another decade.

I was entranced. Possessed. I would look awesome in it. I. Had. To. Have. It.

Attached to the garment was a price tag which said the dress cost forty cents. I knew without asking I'd have to use my sparse savings to pay for it. My fifty cent allowance didn't go far with part of it for savings, part for church, and the rest for me. I hadn't begun babysitting and had a hard time saving up any money.

Somehow, I convinced the yard sale person to hold the dress for me, ran the four blocks home, dumped the savings from my paper-maché mushroom bank, ran back to the sale, and paid for the dress. Clutching it to my chest, I was so ecstatic, I thought my heart would burst. I felt positive I'd look like a fairy princess when wearing this creation.

When Halloween rolled around a couple of weeks later, I knew what my costume would be--my new dress. Never mind it wasn't the least bit scary. Never mind I had to wear my white Keds with it. I would be beautiful. I put it on, and for the final touch, added a wedding veil from our dress-up box.

Unfortunately, as weather unpredictably does where I live, it turned cold, and I had to wear a coat when we went door-to-door for Trick or Treat. No one could see how special I looked because my coat covered my dress.

But I knew I did.

In the long run, it didn't matter 'cause I reached my biggest goal: a grocery sack full of candy!

When I had my boys, everyone can imagine what they wanted to be--Batman. Naturally.

LOL. It's in the family genes. We had plenty of capes, masks, and gadgets to outfit them out at a moment's notice.

Do you have a story to share about your favorite Halloween costume?   Trick or Treat!



Vicki Batman sports a Batman mask when opening the door for trick or treat-ers. Her new releases from Muse It Up Publishing are "Taking Flight," a short story featured in the cancer anthology; and "Twinkle Lights," a holiday short story. For more information about her work, go to: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com.

26 comments:

Susan Royal said...

I loved your story. Reminds me of all my 'projects' when I was growing up. My grandmother always kept a box of stuff, so we could make tent houses or use her clothesline for our curtain for plays. We always 'made' our own costumes, too. I enjoyed it so much when my grandkids came along, I filled a trunk with all kinds of goodies to spark their imagination. Remembering those times has made my day. Thanks!

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Susan. Thank you so much for stopping by. Dress up and play acting were a big part of my childhood, too. I hope you have some visitors on Halloween!

Kathy Ivan said...

Great post, Vicki, and it brought back lots of Halloween memories. My aunt used to make our costumes when we were younger. I remember one year when she made me a fairy costume. It had yards and yards of fancy pink netting for the skin that she sewed sparkly sequins onto. I have so beautiful in that pretty pink dress with the wings and magic fairy wand.

I can just picture your boys having to be Batman, though. With that last name, what else would they want to be?

Happy Birthday to Museitup Publishing, as well.

Alisha said...

First off, you do have THE coolest name ever! Love it! I bet your boys were adorable. My little boy wants to be either Batman or Spiderman this year. My mom often made my costumes. And for some reason, many times, she dressed me as a gypsy..lol! I think because she had this lovely, colorful satin scarf she'd tie on my head. I wore this old dress of hers with lace all over it and I had a crystal ball made out of a cantelope so I could tell my brothers' fortunes!

Happy Halloween!

mamabear said...

Wonderful story! I really don't remember many costumes aside from being a hobo, or clown...anything with old clothes and mom's make up! I do remember one when I was in 3rd or 4th grade...my mom and a neighbor made me a flower costume. The Halloween party day arrived (at school) and I put my cute flower costume on...green pants and shirt and then came the flower top. My face was to be the center of the flower, of course. When they put that on me, the elastic band that held it on nearly caused me to pass out as it was too tight around my neck! There was a quick scramble to find something else and I became a mouse instead, lol! Living in Illinois and Pennsylvania there were many Halloweens we wore coats...and sometimes snow boots!
Thanks for sharing!
~Cathy McElhaney~

Anne E. Johnson said...

Nice story, Vicki. I sure remember those cold Halloweens when I would have to cover my costume with a coat. That drove me nuts!

Charlie said...

Hi Vicki,
Great story. I remember too many times, having a wonderful costume, only to have it hidden behind my coat. too funny. And boys? My boys always wanted to be creepy. One went as a headless man. CREEPY. Funniest one though was when my oldest had to do something out of the norm for a HS English project. He decided to go trick or treating one week AFTER halloween...saying he had been sick. He also went as the 'unknown comic' with a paper sack on his head. I laughed so hard. Was glad he didn't get the cops called on him. LOL.
Thanks for sharing!
C.K. Volnek

Charlie said...

Hi Vicki,
Great story. I remember too many times, having a wonderful costume, only to have it hidden behind my coat. too funny. And boys? My boys always wanted to be creepy. One went as a headless man. CREEPY. Funniest one though was when my oldest had to do something out of the norm for a HS English project. He decided to go trick or treating one week AFTER halloween...saying he had been sick. He also went as the 'unknown comic' with a paper sack on his head. I laughed so hard. Was glad he didn't get the cops called on him. LOL.
Thanks for sharing!
C.K. Volnek

Charlie said...

Hi Vicki,
Great story. I remember too many times, having a wonderful costume, only to have it hidden behind my coat. too funny. And boys? My boys always wanted to be creepy. One went as a headless man. CREEPY. Funniest one though was when my oldest had to do something out of the norm for a HS English project. He decided to go trick or treating one week AFTER halloween...saying he had been sick. He also went as the 'unknown comic' with a paper sack on his head. I laughed so hard. Was glad he didn't get the cops called on him. LOL.
Thanks for sharing!
C.K. Volnek

Charlie said...

Hi Vicki,
Great story. I remember too many times, having a wonderful costume, only to have it hidden behind my coat. too funny. And boys? My boys always wanted to be creepy. One went as a headless man. CREEPY. Funniest one though was when my oldest had to do something out of the norm for a HS English project. He decided to go trick or treating one week AFTER halloween...saying he had been sick. He also went as the 'unknown comic' with a paper sack on his head. I laughed so hard. Was glad he didn't get the cops called on him. LOL.
Thanks for sharing!
C.K. Volnek

Charlie said...

Hi Vicki,
Great story. I remember too many times, having a wonderful costume, only to have it hidden behind my coat. too funny. And boys? My boys always wanted to be creepy. One went as a headless man. CREEPY. Funniest one though was when my oldest had to do something out of the norm for a HS English project. He decided to go trick or treating one week AFTER halloween...saying he had been sick. He also went as the 'unknown comic' with a paper sack on his head. I laughed so hard. Was glad he didn't get the cops called on him. LOL.
Thanks for sharing!
C.K. Volnek

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Kathy! Thank you so much for posting. I would have loved to have been a fairy. They are so beautiful and magical. I'm jealous. Your costume sounds lovely.

Hi. Alisha. I can see you as a gypsy and what a clever idea touse a cantalope as a a crystal ball. You gals were very creative.

Yes, I have a fun last name and it is my real one, not a pseudonym. If you son is Batman, I'd love to see a photo. :)

Hi, Anne. Weather. It is what it is and we both know how we plan for our Halloween costume only to have to cover it up. Thermal undies would be a good option, but down here, we don't have to use them much.

Hi, Charlie. OMG, the "out of the norm" assignment is so clever and to go as the Unknown Comic...I can't stop laughing. Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Stone said...

Hi Vicki. Wonderful story. Our parents must have been friends as I too got 50 cents for an allowance and it had to spread over similar expenses. I remember raiding my dad's closet for this huge ugly blue teeshirt that I coveted because it was so soft and cuddly. I'd sleep in it sometimes. But one year when I wanted to be a hobo, I confiscated the shirt, wore a pair of black leotards, some funky laceup boots I also stole from him and a sort of fedora I'd bought at the fair. I carried an old faded pillowcase as a candy bag. I got some strange looks, but to me, I was the perfect hobo.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Pam! I can't imagine you as a hobo. And I liked how you used your creativity to put the costume together.

I'm guessing there was an underground parent connection which dictated fifty cent allowance. LOL

Diana Cosby said...

Vicki,
What a heart-touching story. I can see your eyes shining bright as you swept the dress of your Halloween dreams into your arms. :) A coo for sure!
My favorite Halloween memory is that I used to make a haunted house cake for my kids school party. I love cake decorating, and it was always such a special memory to make it with my kids as bring it into the room of excited classmates.
Take care and I wish you all a fabulous Halloween as holiday season!

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Diana and thank you so much for the coo.

Okay, now I wish I was your kids because, as you know, I love cake! and a Halloween cake? OMG. I would have been all over that.

My mom made popcorn balls. They were so awesome.

Thank you for sharing. :)

gail roughton branan said...

That was great Vicki! I can see your house all decorated for Halloween. Fess up, you have bats hanging from the ceilings in every room, don't you?

Roseanne Dowell said...

I can relate. We, also, had to make our own costumes. I remember one year my older cousins had given us some prom dresses. Feeling like a princess, I donned the dress and before I went out, I had to put on a coat. Luckily for me, the dress was too big and fit better with a jacket under it. But the bulky jacket ruined the appearance of the dress.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Roseanne. LOL. I think what I found was someone's prom dress once. Funny how it worked as a fairy princess dress too. Thanks for commenting!

Sheila Seabrook said...

I don't remember what I wore for Halloween (other than a winter coat over it all because it was always so darn cold by then) but one year I made my boys Ewok costumes. The costumes were big enough that we could fit their coats underneath. They looked so cute, all cuddly and warm. :)

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Sheila. You made ewok costume???? OMG are you one talented lady. And an excellent idea to put coats on underneath.

Thanks for stopping. ox

Phyllis said...

Vicki,

Such a fun post. It brought back great memories of dressing up, but they were much more fun dressing as an adult. I've been a starship crew member, a mouse and a lioness.

Thanks for the memories.

Phyllis

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Your story made me smile. I remember having to trick-or-treat wearing a coat over my well-thought out "Halloween disguise."

My grandmother worked at a dry cleaners. Sometimes people didn't come back pick up their clothes. Who knows why. There was a strapless gown there for over a year and finally it was given to us to play with. Imagine a second grader with a t-shirt on UNDER her strapless dress. Kind of loses that strapless appeal. LOL

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Cyndi! Thank you so much for coming to Muse's blogsite today. The strapless gown over a t-shirt would have been funny and yes, loses the appeal, but oh how creative of you.

It's cold here now and I'm betting some kiddies will be sporting a jacket or a sweater.

Happy Halloween, everyone.

Liz Lipperman said...

Love this story, Vicki. I don't remember my costumes, but I do remember a trick we used to play as teenagers. We'd tie a lead sinker (fishing gear) on a string and attach it to a window with a thumb tack. Them we'd unwind the sting across the street or somewhere we could hide. One of us then pulled the string and the sinker tapped on the window. The home owners usually came out once or twice before they realized it was just a couple of stupid kids playing tricks.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to your holiday story.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Liz. I can believe you were/are a trickster. I was such a good girl, I didn't dare do anything that could get me into trouble. I only papered a house once!!! I know, I wasn't much fun. LOL

Thank you for thinking of my story. Your Liver Let Die is wonderful. squee