The Moore American

October 23, 2013

Remember the good old days

By Wanda Billbe
The Moore American

MOORE — Halloween is just a week away. Costume enthusiasts have been working on their special creations for weeks.

Taking a step back in time, some of the top costumes in 1960 were: Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Popeye, Olive Oly, Charlie Brown, Casper, Cinderella, witch, doctor, nurse, policeman, fireman, dog and cat. The Beatles and rock stars also were popular costumes in the 1960s.

During the 1960s, making your own costume was more popular than purchasing one from a store. Among the most favorites were: Ghost (made out of an old sheet), angel, devil, Frankenstein, pirate, monster, Dracula, gypsy, black cat, (that was an easy one — black turtleneck and black tights, a black beanie and whiskers painted on your face with eyeliner.) Brides using old lace tablecloths or shear curtains were always a hit.

Making your own costume had its charm. No one would have a costume just like yours. We had some friends who took plaster of paris and wrapped themselves up like an auto accident victim with two broken arms and two broken legs. It was a cool costume, but he had made the casts from fingertips to his upper arms so eating the great food at the party was out of the question — he couldn’t pick anything up.

The top-selling costumes today are Minions, Monsters University characters, Mike and Sully, princess, zombies, Great Gatsby and vampires.

The majority of offices allow workers to dress up for Halloween, and its fun to see what creative minds have constructed on this special day.

Some churches only allow children to dress up in Bible characters for their fall festivals. You’ll see David with his slingshot and five stones, Moses with the Ten Commandments, an angel and Daniel with a large stuffed lion (the child lays on the floor and places his head on the lion like a pillow and pretends he’s sleeping).

The little boy with five loaves and two fish, Noah and the animals from the ark, Sampson with his long hair and strength, Queen Esther, Jacob and his ladder with angels going up and down, the burning bush and Roman soldiers, just to name a few.

Whether you attend a fall festival, Halloween party or just hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is a day full of fun as we watch kids scurry about trying to fill up their candy buckets. And we smile as we remember the days of old when we, too, dressed up for this fall event.