Halloween to adults is all about horror movies, drinking and girls dressing like sl- sophisticated women that can choose to dress anyway they want. Back when we were kids, though, it was all about having the absolute best costume and eating the most candy. While we love adult Halloween, we decided to go back to reminisce about our favorite costumes from Halloweens Past.
Dan’s Pick – Tatanka
Growing up I always looked forward to dressing up as a kid. I was one of those kids who was lucky enough to have parents who were equally as excited and would help me make my own costumes, and I’m not gonna lie, most of the time they were legit. One year I was The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, another year I was the Tin Woodsman from The Wizard Of Oz. All pretty righteous costumes for a kid.
But they paled in comparison to my all time favorite. As a kid I loved professional wrestling. The WWF not this WWE crap you guys watch now. And one of my favorite wrestlers was the Native American Tatanka. A lot of people might not remember him, but he was pretty kick ass and looking back on this now, it was probably pretty racist of me to dress in Native American garb and run around the neighborhood screaming, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t look just like him.
I think what made this my favorite was the fact that I’ve never seen anyone dressed as him from that day forward and I always try to go for more obscure costumes when I dress up. To this day I’ll try to do costumes I’ll think no one will dress as from the Hiesman Trophy, to Bill Murray in Zombieland. It’s what makes the holiday special in my eyes.
Mark’s Pick – Red Power Ranger
When thinking back on my childhood, I find it hard to remember most of my Halloween costumes. I’m sure we went out every year, but what I wore most of those evenings is still a mystery. Those that I do remember seem to go along with the trends of a child my age.
When I was five years old, my mom made me a homemade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume, and the next year my family dressed up as the Adams family; I was Pugsley. But my favorite costume of that time, may have been the crappiest one of the bunch. On that fateful Halloween night in 1995, I went to an elementary school party as the Red Power Ranger.
While it isn’t one I look back on as something I’m proud to have chosen, the process of making the costume is what made it special. I grew up in a lower middle-class family so there wasn’t much money available for designer, department store Halloween costumes. We had to make them from scratch. It took my mother, my sister, my father and I, four days to make me look like the biggest pop-culture phenomenon of the time: A Power Ranger. Well, kind of like a Power Ranger.
After piecing together my costume with cardboard, duct tape, and an old fake football helmet, I was ready to go to the party with my friends. It was my first encounter with the idea that no matter how hard you try you can never make a costume that looks more realistic than something that cost $100.
Even though I looked like the worst knockoff of a Power Ranger, I was still proud to show off that costume to all of my friends. And that is why it is my favorite one from my childhood.
Now, if we were talking about the most inappropriate costume from my childhood, that would go to the time I dressed up as the Unabomber to hand out candy while recovering from having my tonsils removed. I was 12. And thus started a long line of politically incorrect Halloween costumes from yours truly.
Anthony’s Pick – Dragon
In my house when I was a kid, store-bought costumes were frowned upon. They were usually extraordinarily shitty plastic and they never brought in any sort of creativity. So suck on that, rich kids.
Anyway, I love dressing up for Halloween, even to this day. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been everything from Hunter S. Thompson to Alex from A Clockwork Orange to Walter White. When I was a kid, I use to love to dress up as horror movie villains, the most elaborate was Freddy Krueger, with face makeup done by my mom.
However, one of the most badass costumes I ever had was when I was three. I was a goddamn dragon… or a dinosaur. Honestly, I’m not sure what it was, but it was awesome. It was big, heavy, and handmade. Too big, in fact. Again, I was three, so I was quite small and the tail dragged the ground, so my mom had to take a wheel off of a toy truck and put it on the end of the tail so I could walk in it. Anyway, it was awesome.
What was your favorite Halloween costume from your childhood? Let us know in the comments section!