So here I am on my first Halloween, one year old in 1972, wearing one of those godawful/completely awesome Collegeville Costumes . It is a cat costume,similar to ones offered by Ben Cooper. All the parts are there–the molded plastic mask, and the shiny smock and pants that of course,have a picture of the character you are trying to be instead of features that actually make you look like the character. Gotta love ’em. I wish I could stumble across a big stack of them today.
There is a third photo of me with my mask down, blundering around because I distinctly remember not being able to see or breathe in the thing. It looked like the pic to the lower left when new. You can see it in the Collegeville catalog in this pic from Plaid Stallions. I also had the Collegeville Roadrunner costume that I later wore to the Halloween Disco(that’s another post!)
Take a look at the size of my little trick-or-treating pumpkin pail. It’s so wee it can maybe hold three red-hots and I’m done. The pumpkin’s face is turned around, but he looked like the smaller pumpkins in this pic to the right.I also remember my brother saying that the little pumpkin’s name was Meanie Greenie. Not sure why; he certainly wasn’t green, but when I played with him (yes Halloween pumpkins were in my year-round play) I still called him Meanie Greenie and he was the villain of whatever story I had going on with my toys. He was miniscule, but effective in evilness.
God,I am so small here! Now I tower several inches over my mother. I remember that for the longest time, our Halloween candy was handed out in that plastic green Tupperware bowl(actually a “lettuce keeper”, I have discovered).
I still have the costume and our trick-or-treating pumpkins somewhere; I would like to have them out as part of our regular year-round Halloween decor. I should go digging.
Hope you enjoyed My First Halloween! Judging from this photo, I’m not so sure I did!