I was going through some old photos at my parents' house to see how we celebrated Halloween back in the day in the good old 80's and 90's (ahhh the days of velcro sneakers and pleated jeans). Pretty much every photo I came across of me and my sisters from Halloween of years past had one thing in common... a Turkish gypsy. Take a look below:
(check out our very 90's computer in the background)
(my sisters rocking magenta harem pants)
(Overalls with an elegant white turtle neck... looking good, Diana!)
Now, granted, I didn't locate all our Halloween photos. And I do remember some pretty great costumes that my mom sewed from scratch over the years, like Ronald McDonald, Big Bird and the grandmother from Little Red Riding Hood... basically the "big three" as far as childhood heroes are concerned. But time and time again it appears that we turned to Turkish gypsy, genie, street thief, fortune teller or villager of the Ottoman Empire as our costume to fall back on. We were definitely ahead of our time. It would be a few years before the movie Aladdin made billowing pants with vests cool again. Thankfully when that happened, we were all ready with our satin getups and loaves of bread.
Well, everyone, I hope your Halloween is simply swell, filled with all treats... and no smelly feet!
(a young me, dressed to impress and daydreaming about that stolen loaf of bread from Aladdin...)