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Poll Vault: What was your favorite Halloween costume?

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  • When I was 3, my mom dressed me in a nightgown, put some Christmas tinsel on my head and called me an angel. My Halloween costumes went downhill from there.

      When I was 3, my mom dressed me in a nightgown, put some Christmas tinsel on my head and called me an angel. My Halloween costumes went downhill from there.
    Courtesy of Cathy Brandon

  • For Halloween in 1987, my brother, Patrick, made his own "Ghostbusters" costume and proton pack.

      For Halloween in 1987, my brother, Patrick, made his own "Ghostbusters" costume and proton pack.
    Courtesy of Cathy Brandon

 
 

Halloween isn't my thing. Never has been. The pressure of coming up with a costume is too stressful. As a kid in the late 1970s and the early '80s, I was content to wear those store-bought, vinyl coveralls with the ill-fitting plastic mask.

My younger brother, Patrick, on the other hand, loved Halloween. He's much more creative and artistic than I am, and he delighted in making his own elaborate costumes. In 1987, Patrick assembled a "Ghostbusters" costume complete with a proton pack.

One Halloween, perhaps to compete with my brother's costume ingenuity, I tried to go as Napoleon. I wore softball pants and one of my dad's sportcoats -- a brown one, for some odd reason -- and attempted to fashion two Long John Silver's pirate hats into a bicorne. Disaster.

Let's hear some of your Halloween triumphs and/or tragedies. What was your favorite costume as a kid?

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