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.