LESLIE CRISS: Kids’ costume creativity inspires former trick-or-treater

By Leslie Criss

“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!”
– Scottish proverb

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein

“Children see magic because they look for it.”
– Christopher Moore

The Halloween costumes of my youth were anything but creative. This is not something I can blame on my mama. It was I who preferred store-bought to sewn-by-mom.
Most of my early costumes were pulled from a shelf at the T.G.&Y. store. They came in an orange and black box. Through the cellophane lid, one could see only the mask accompany the costume. The rest of the outfit was a big surprise once the purchase had been made.
I suppose all were sized the same – one size fits all – which is nothing if not one great lie. On us “big boned” gals, the sleeves never quite made it past the elbows.
But that never seemed to bother me way back then. It was, after all, Halloween.
The boxed costumes were strictly generic in theme – a witch, a ghost, a princess. They were guaranteed never to win a prize, but I didn’t care. It was just fun to dress up one night a year and fool folks.
Lo, these many years later, I’ve realized I fooled no one – not with my mama and daddy perched behind me on all those front porches as I shyly spoke the words, “trick or treat” and watched eagerly as the treats were tossed into my bag.
Two of my friends have amazed me recently with their creativity in choosing their Halloween personas.
Claire Bailey, 11, has purchased a black cocktail dress, complete with accessories, and plans to be the incomparable Audrey Hepburn.
I’m willing to bet most kids that age don’t even know who Hepburn is, so I’m doubly impressed with Claire’s idea.
Lucas Sherman is 6 and one of the most wondrous young men I know. I am constantly in awe of his ideas, his thoughts.
Lucas and I are fans of the heart-tugging “Up,” the American computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. I think it’s safe to say he’s seen it more times than I.
Imagine my excitement when his mama told me Lucas had asked to be the house from “Up” for Halloween. His dad is busily helping that to become a reality and I can’t wait to see Lucas on Wednesday.
Thank goodness there are still parents who encourage their kids to be imaginative and creative.
Clearly, I’m much too old for trick-or-treating, but I’ve recently become the owner of a nun costume. I may dress up and visit some of my closest friends on Halloween.
For the record, I’m partial to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Bless you.
leslie.criss@journalinc.com