I went way, way back in the archives today to find some cute pictures of my boys dressed up for trick-or-treating--back to a time when my husband and I were still relatively new parents, and our boys were round-cheeked cherubs who were shorter than we were and just beginning to understand what this crazy holiday is all about.
Here's one from 1985 that makes me smile:
|Son #1 (2) is a jack-o-lantern, obviously. Son #2 (9 mos.) is a...well, what do you think he's|
supposed to be here?
Now for son #2's costume. You can't imagine how excited I was while I was making that costume for my baby boy, thinking that he was going to be the cutest little trick-or-treater on the block. I'd found the black-and-white-striped knit material and immediately thought "zebra costume!" And in case the stripes weren't a dead giveaway, I figured once I added those cute ears to the hood of the little hooded top, it would be patently obvious to anyone with half a brain that of course my little guy was supposed to be a zebra.
"What's he supposed to be?" asked my friend (the gal who was my best friend among the young Navy wives with whom I hung out during those Jacksonville, FL years), with a truly puzzled look on her face.
"What do you mean? Can't you tell?"
"You can't be serious!" I said.
"Let's see...is he a jailbird bunny?" she asked, laughing.
At that point, I realized two things: 1) the ears I'd made were too big for zebra's ears; and 2) I should have added a black felt mane to the hood. But it was too late for that, so my sweet angel took to the streets in a jailbird bunny costume. (Dear readers, I must know: at first glance, did you realize that he was supposed to be a zebra? Or were you as confused as my friend?)
The very next year, 1986, the jailbird bunny costume made another appearance, on son #3 (6 mos.):
|Notice I hadn't gotten around to adding the zebra's mane yet..Guess I was sort of busy,|
with three boys aged 3 and under!
I also liked costumes with animal ears...even this one, which apparently didn't scream "CUTE LITTLE ZEBRA" as loudly as I'd thought it would.
|C'mon! He's a zebra! Anyone can see that...right?|