Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

COSTUME MEMORIES; Halloween Is Saturday, and Recently We Asked If You'd Share Some of Your Favorite Costume Pics of Yesteryear - and Here They Are

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

COSTUME MEMORIES; Halloween Is Saturday, and Recently We Asked If You'd Share Some of Your Favorite Costume Pics of Yesteryear - and Here They Are

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-year-olds because standing still was just not in their vocabulary. In the end, the results were great. They both wore their costumes and played Batman and Robin until they were way past the point of actually fitting into them."

Linda Wilson said her daughter, Sharon, was 3 when she dressed as a smiling witch for a preschool costume parade. "Sharon is all grown up now and her own children are trick-or-treating. I smile when I look at this picture, but there are tears in my eyes. Those days are gone."

Judy Martin of Argyle said her mother loved to hand-make costumes. For her brother's Daniel Boone, fringe was cut and sewn onto the legs and sleeves. The hunting bag served to carry Halloween loot and the toy rifle and coonskin cap completed the ensemble.

Judy Martin of Argyle said her mother always hand-made her family's costumes. Little Bo Peep was fairly straightforward, she said, but her Little Lost Sheep was more complicated, involving days of gluing cotton balls to the costume.

Lisa Elwell learned an important lesson when she made a Donald Duck costume for her 3-year-old daughter in the late '80s. The head was so heavy, she only lasted for six houses. "I had to carry this enlarged, stuffed bird the rest of the way. Lesson to be learned: Don't make your child a costume that you can't possibly carry when they get tired!"

Dottie Cernik said she misses the old days of Halloween. "It was a different culture in 1947 that allowed us to let kids pretend in a very innocent way to be cowboys and cowgirls for Halloween. The days of Roy and Dale Evans are long gone. Too bad."

Barbara Prieto sent in this photo from 1952. She's the rag doll on the right.

In 1957, Linda Siegel Eason broke tradition by wearing a "bought" costume. She's the majorette in the middle. Her brother was a pirate and her older sister was Daisy Mae from "Lil' Abner."

Katty Bagaley owned the Bagaley Juvenile Theatre on Stockton Street. This photo of her students was taken in 1948.

In 1968, Emma Burns made this clown suit for her son when he was 2 1/2 and the family lived in England.

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Julie Wilson won first place - and a $1 prize - in a community contest for her costume. …

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