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October is a pretty fun month.   The kids are comfortably into the “back to school routine”.  However, for the past several weeks or more, those of us with young children have been inundated with requests to go shopping for a Halloween costume. Or we had to bang our heads against the wall as we listened, for the millionth time, what our child wants to be for Halloween, why they want to be it and what YOU need to do to make it happen.   It drives me crazy, but I have a blast every year.

Two Halloween’s ago I unfortunately had to wait, until the very last minute, to purchase the kid’s Halloween costumes.  You guessed it!  By the time we got to go, the selection was minimal.  Tiara was absolutely devastated when the only costume she could get in her size and budget was a devil costume that didn’t look one bit like a devil costume.   That is when my sales person skills from all those years in direct sales had to kick in.  I had to sell this costume to my daughter … or go to another store… and another… and another… as I am sure they were all in the same fix of few costumes left in her size.  I know I am not alone when I say I had to sell something to my daughter before I could actually buy it.  I went around the store and found a pitch fork and devil ears, which surprisingly enough DID NOT COME WITH THE COSTUME.   My daughter accepted the offer, but was not sold on the costume yet.    What could I get now? Hmmmmmm, how about I find a mask?  I went through a shelf of Mardi Gras type face masks and was able to find the last red and black mask.  Of course it was an adult mask, so it would undoubtedly be too big for her face and need some alteration.  Plus it had 2 peaks on it that would cover part of the devil ears.  Tiara was much happier, but still not sold.  Goodness…what do little girls love more than anything?  My mind was racing trying seal the deal on this costume.  I had been out all day, I was tired, and I had no intention on going to another store.  This was it SISTA!   Then it came to me.  Little girls like to look like grown ups.  “Tiara, how about I flat iron your hair and make the pony tails into Shirley Temple curls?”  She looked up at me and smiled for the first time.  “And, I will let you wear some Red Lipstick for Halloween.”  SOLD.   If  I had started with the lipstick in the first place, I probably would not have had to buy the costume.


It is always fun to re-visit an item that was posted on our site ages ago and may have been forgotten.  Here is a page I created using an oldie but goodie Start2Finish Video – Layering with Mary Browder.  This was a very popular Start2Finsh video when it aired on October 28, 2011.

Title Font: Before the Rain

Font Cloud Font: John Handy LET (Note: Font Clouds is another fun offering brought to you by Mary Browder.)

Digital Overlays – Winter Frost by Creative Memories.

Digital Embellishments Doodles by Creative Memories

Pixie Dust – Halloween Frame

Pixie Dust – Creepy Tree Overlay

Halloween Past

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7 Responses to Blog: The Ghost of Halloween Past

  1. Tina Bruderer says:

    shes soooo stinking cuuutte

  2. Deanna Emmert says:

    I remember when our daughter, Aubri, was 4 (she is now 21) and we had very little money for “extras” like costumes. Our church was having a Harvest Party as an alternative to the Halloween thing and she wanted to be a butterfly! Good thing I know how to sew. My husband and I made a pair of butterfly wings out of some crazy printed fabric that was on sale and she wore a pink leotard she already had. She had a black headband that we attached chenille wires to (also cheap) to make the antennae. She wore pink tights and her tennis shoes. She was a really cute butterfly, but those wings… lol! Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane, Meka! 🙂

  3. mindys7 says:

    Oh she is so cute! And I can see that shiny red lip stick in both pix! So funny what you will do with your kiddos! Even adult kids like mine, 😉

  4. Tara Wells says:

    I laughed out loud with this blog! My 5-year-old son has been changing what he wants to be for Halloween, then what he wants to do for his birthday two weeks later. I was doing a “direct sale” job last night with his party because I need to start his invitations!

    Love the page. I’ve done Mary’s layering technique (LOVE it), but copied directly in gray. Love the red! So creative!

  5. Justine says:

    Oh yeah .. the things we do! Love your story Tameka!

  6. Carolyn says:

    I laughed at Tiara’s lipstick. Next year just let her go through your closet and make-up case and skip the trip to the costume store. :-).

  7. Jan says:

    LOVE it, Meka! Selling to your daughter – priceless. And how many times do we moms do that every day??? Great page, too! Love the take on Mary’s S2F.

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