It was the mid-1980’s. Our firstborn couldn’t wait to go trick-or-treating.
“What do you want to be for Halloween this year?” we asked, thinking of buying a nice pre-made costume at the local store.
Our little one said excitedly, “I want to be a bee!”
“A bee?” we asked, shaking our heads. “Like a bumblebee?”
“Yes,” our boy said, “I want to be a bee for Halloween.”
Now, these modern days you might be able to find a bee costume in one of those giant Halloween stores.
But, back in ancient times we had our choice of maybe twenty or thirty costumes, if we were lucky. You could dress your children as a ghost, a witch, GI Joe or a monster.
Not a bee.
Unless you came up with your own clever costume.
Which, of course, creative and/or broke parents everywhere decided to attempt.
At their own peril–and the future peril of their children who might someday view themselves in a homemade bumblebee costume on the worldwide web.
(Disclosure: Our bumblebee has agreed to the posting of this picture. Didn’t he grow up to be a wonderful bee?)
I swear my partner-in-costuming made the bumblebee suit. I’m sure he created the nose–I mean stinger. I may have cut out the wings, and surely bought the black boots at St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift store. The bumblebee himself may have assisted in coloring the stripes on his wings.
I’m sure that his pre-school classmates adored his costume and begged their parents for bee costumes next Halloween. (OK, I’m not sure about that at all. Actually, I don’t recall exciting admiration of the Queen and King Bees’ creative skills in costuming Baby Bee.)
But Baby Bee loved it. He adored it. It was just what he had always dreamed.
The Queen Bee, however, still looks at the above photo and shakes her head. She thinks, “What we parents do to our children at Halloween!”
Still, it’s endearing to make a homemade costume out of bits and scraps. It feels like a huge accomplishment. It feels–
Well, it makes me feel glad that we don’t have to make any more Halloween costumes.
It also makes me feel nostalgic for those days of innocence and creativity.
What is the most interesting homemade costume you’ve ever created? For yourself or your child. Come now, share with us all.
And have a Happy Halloween weekend!