Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Costumes

Halloween is the perfect time to play dress-up with paperdolls!
They always have fun costumes to choose from.
All it takes is the fold of a tab and you can change from
a ballerina to a gypsy, witch, princess or cowgirl.

Forget Me Not/ American Greetings



Carlton Cards

Buzza/Gibson Greetings

What about in real life?
What was your most memorable costume from childhood?
Have a look at this wonderful getup from a few years decades ago.

(Photo by my Dad.  Family pictures may not be borrowed or pinned.)

My little sister was "Raggedy Andy".
And I was "Little Buttercup", 
who sold ribbons, laces, treacle, toffee, scissors and watches and knives 
to the Sailors on board the H.M.S. Pinafore.
(Any Gilbert and Sullivan fans out there? Claudia, I hope you're seeing this.)



  1. How cute is that picture .......and all the little paper dolls so sweet!

  2. I am a big softy for paper dolls..thanks so much for sharing these sweet ones.

    Your costume was great..wasn't it fun back then to use what you had and your imagination.

    My favorite one was in 3rd grade and I went as a genie, using my mom's scarves and costume jewelry..it turned out great! xo

  3. The pic of you and your sis is adorable. Love that creative costume. I was a Hobo one year(not that inventive), but my Grandpa painted a picture of me dressed up like that.It was fun making a costume from scratch. The paper dolls are lovely!

  4. My dear mom made me an elaborate witch's costume in third grade, with many petticoats and a huge witch's hat... how I loved that costume. In those days, we rarely took family pictures... I always wondered what happened to the costume.

  5. Adorable picture of you and your sister! Great costumes!

  6. I love seeing your paper dolls! Thanks for showing them to us now and then.

    I don't remember ever having a costume; guess I'm older than Halloween :) I like "made from scratch" costumes best.

  7. Such a cute photo!! Love all the adorable costumes!! I was always a witch, except one year I was a punk rocker with bright pink hair! ;) xo Heather

  8. It's been so long ago that I thought of paper dolls. My daughter used to play with them for hours, with me, of course. I guess I will always be a kid.

  9. I enjoy your paper dolls . . . you have quite the collection!

    The costumes are a hoot . . . I like homemade costumes like we used to do. I remember during my hospital working days, one time on Halloween day I dressed up like a "bag lady". I was completely disguised and walked in the front door of the hospital and into the cafeteria begging for food. No one knew who I was, and people gave me money and food.

    Makes me laugh to think about it yet I am wondering . . . how could I have ever done that!

  10. haha, those costumes are classic. I can't even think of the last time I wore a halloween costume.
    BUT.....I'll tell you this funny story about a Judge I worked for in Salt Lake City.
    HE HATED halloween, and was always being invited to parties by his peers.
    HE HATED dressing up even more.
    So, this one time, he bought a white t-shirt...and drew a pea on it. Then he made black circles around his eyes.
    When they asked what he was, he said he was a black eyed pea.

    I thought that was rather genius.

  11. I've been waiting for the rest of the paper dolls you promised us. I love the last one best of all. And how cute is your photograph! Your costumes are perfect.

  12. I loved paper dolls when I was a little girl, they would keep me busy for hours.
    I don't think I had a favorite costume, I was just interested in the candy all the yummy candy...LOL
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  13. Precious photo of you and your sister. My favorite costume was a handmade lion costume. I can still remember "roaring" for my grandparents. You really do have the sweetest paper dolls.

  14. Oh my, I love this! As a fellow Little Buttercup, I so appreciate this costume. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!

    You have me laughing out loud. Now if only I had a photo of me in my Buttercup get up!


  15. Just look at you all dressed up for trick or treating. What a clever costume!
    You have such wonderful collection of paper dolls. I can remember receiving them for my birthday and loved playing with them as a young girl.
    I hope you have happy day and thank you so much for your thoughtful comments!
    Carolynn xo

  16. Love all the paper dolls! I played with paper dolls for hours and hours as a kid. Your costumes are cute -- I bet you filled up that box with candy!

  17. LOVE the paper doll's and your costumes are fabulous!

    My favorite as a kid was a chicken being eaten by a snake. I dressed as a chicken and then wrapped a giant stuffed snake around me. The entire costume was borrowed. I thought it was so unique and fun. :)

  18. Oh the paperdolls are so darling. And I love your costume - you were very original.

  19. What a beautiful collection you must have I already said this before but again you surprise us with these amazing cards

  20. Great Halloween picture of you and your sister - love the outfits.
    The paper dolls are just so sweet.

  21. thanks a lot for these nice halloween postcards !


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