The Ghosts Of Halloween Past: My Costumes Throughout The Years

An embarrassing and adorable journey through the Halloween looks I've attempted throughout my life.
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An embarrassing and adorable journey through the Halloween looks I've attempted throughout my life.

Halloween is my favourite. I don't even particularly like horror films or being scared, but for some inexplicable reason, Halloween is it. I think it's probably the combination of dress-up and mounds of candy.

Who didn't love coming home after trick-or-treating, emptying bags of candy onto the floor, oohing and ahhhing over packs of potato chips and fun-sized Kit Kats, and laughing at the weirdos who decided to give out raisins?

Since I'm too old to collect candy from strangers, lately it's been more about the make-believe. Naturally, as a makeup enthusiast, I'm all about costumes, wigs, and transformation, so Halloween and I are a good match.

These photos will probably reveal how ridiculously dorky I really am, as if you needed any more proof.

Here we go.

Cinderella, as chosen by my mom.

Cinderella, as chosen by my mom.

Me as a hippie, with my cousin and headless uncle who appears to have the hand of a small child.

Me as a hippie, with my cousin and headless uncle who appears to have the hand of a small child.

This was my first DIY costume. I remember being pretty sad that it was too cold outside to show off my tie-dye vest and super-authentic '70s bell bottoms from Value Village.

Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill.

Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill.

Our school uniforms didn't quite match, but y'know. Spiky duct tape ball.

Zombie bride with no hand who stole a leather jacket and has really bad taste in socks.

Zombie bride with no hand who stole a leather jacket and has really bad taste in socks.

Weird elf thing

Weird elf thing

The next year, my friend Phil reused zombie bride, and I went as a brokenhearted elf who sewed her head back on? I don't know either.

Super nerd year.

Super nerd year.

Wayne's World, party time, excellent.

Wayne's World, party time, excellent.

Elephant

Elephant

This was a last-minute costume made of underwear and tights. I didn't actually get to wear it because when we turned up at the party, there were five people there, and no one was in costume.

Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick

Rachael

Rachael

I went to a "Dystopian"-themed party and dressed as Rachael from Blade Runner. The only other person dressed up was the DJ, who was a robot. Thank you, London, for making all Halloweens consistently awkward.

This sign was originally the back of a Scrabble box used to enter the annual ONTD Halloween party. We lost.

This sign was originally the back of a Scrabble box used to enter the annual ONTD Halloween party. We lost.

Two years ago, I finally got to be back in Toronto for Halloween, so decided to go all out and host a party with some friends. There were jello eyeball shots, glow-in-the-dark brains, shrunken heads, severed penises, the works. Me and my best dude friend decided to be Andie and Duckie. Yes, I sewed that monstrosity of a prom dress.

I also got to relive my trick-or-treating days via my little sister and kind of freaked out a lot of small children.

I also got to relive my trick-or-treating days via my little sister and kind of freaked out a lot of small children.

This year, I've got a pretty neat costume cooked up from my little bro and sis, so I'm pretty stoked (check out some behind-the-scenes action on Instagram).

How do you feel about Halloween? Are you as excited as I am? What are you going as? Tell me, tell me, tell me!