Look at these young boys from Morningside's Cub Scout troop. Do you see even one store-costume? Or one that took yards of material purchased from craft stores and required hours of sewing?
Nope. These all look like they were made from their parent's clothes, twine and creativity. Kids in the mid-1940s made do with what they found around the house.
I'm not judging those of you who buy your child's costumes; I've done the same for my kids nearly every year because I thought my other alternative required more sewing skills than I possess. Somehow I forgot the year I was a football player for Halloween (wearing my brother's uniform) or a gypsy (wearing my grandmother's costume jewelry, my mom's old dress and a lace tablecloth for a shawl) or a scarecrow (wearing my own bib overalls stuffed with straw.)
This photo was donated by Bill Larson, who grew up in Morningside and graduated from Edina-Morningside High School. He's in the center of the photo as one-half of the two-headed man (he's the right half, pictured on our left.)
I'm not sure if the above photo was taken on Halloween or at another scouting event. The boys look like characters from a circus, with a bearded lady, a sword swallower, and a strong man, among others.
The photo at left shows another homemade costume by Edina youngster Nancy Carlson, now an author and illustrator of more than 50 children's picture books.
Nancy’s real-life Halloween inspired her book Harriet’s Halloween Candy, which also became one of seven original live stage plays based on Nancy's books and characters.
I'd love to see your childhood Halloween costumes, whether they were elaborately created, homemade or store bought. Please submit your photo and share your stories about trick or treating and school parties. Who had the best treats? Were you responsible for any tricks? Now is your time to 'fess up - the statute of limitations has run out, I'm sure, on any pranks from the past.
Tell your stories here or on our Facebook page, or email your photos and comments to me.
I'll publish the stories here on the blog on Monday. So after you eat your Snickers and candy corn, look through your old photos and tell us what Halloween was like when you were a kid.
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