Monday, October 30, 2006

the ghosts of Halloween past

Not to be outdone by the (cute as a button) Big Finn, this small Canuck has decided to post her own bunny costume picture, plus a couple more images of me in my young and carefree years. Not that young, mind you. It was the early 80's and I was in my early 20's. Could life have been any better?

This first one was in my second year at the ol' alma mater. I lived at the student residence so when we weren't studying, we were partying. Can you believe it? Mausi was a party animal. My mother sewed those pink bunny ears for me when I had a part in a 6th grade musical and I kept them all those years knowing they'd come in handy some day.


Me (yes, I also had a white fluffy tail) and my partners in crime - Muffy the candy-striper and Buffalo Jill.

This one was taken a couple of years later when I was sharing an apartment with a couple of girlfriends. The 6ft tall Minnie Mouse didn't live with us, thank goodness. I'm the dead looking one on the right. As I recall, we took the bus downtown wearing those get ups. Those were the days.



And last but not least, me as a wrinkly pumpkin in the mid-80's. I think one was supposed to wear an inner tube inside of this costume, but really, would YOU walk around with an inner tube around your middle? Not sure who carved that sad looking specimen next to me.



We'll be carving much happier looking pumpkins this afternoon in celebration of Halloween tomorrow. Who knows, I may even dress up.

20 Comments:

At October 30, 2006 7:47 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

That is so cute! If there are any pictures of me in Halloween suits, I haven't got them. What a pitty! And NO! I wouldn't walk around with an inner tube, then OR now!

 
At October 30, 2006 8:18 p.m., Anonymous Katja said...

You look pretty cute. I am really curious how many tick-or-treating kids will show up at our house tomorrow. I have a feeling, that Halloween hasn't really caught on in Germany and it probably never will. 2 or 3 years ago, many kids came, but they didn's seem to get a lot of stuff in our neighborhood, so they stopped. Too bad, my brother really enjoyed scaring them :-)

 
At October 30, 2006 9:15 p.m., Blogger christina said...

CanSwiss - I don't know if there are any of me as a little kid. I guess my parents must have some. I just had these ones in an old photo album that I brought with me when I moved.

katja - Two years ago we had a few, last year they came on the wrong day and this year we don't really know what to expect, but I bought candy just in case. :-) I think they're still more comfortable with going on out on St. Martin's Day instead.

 
At October 31, 2006 1:09 a.m., Blogger Mike B said...

Ah, the 1980's ... I dressed up as Don Johnson in Miami Vice pastel blue jacket complete with a .45, 3-day stubble, and moussed hair to meet cute babes like you ... except maybe that mortuary look.

 
At October 31, 2006 7:24 a.m., Blogger Carol said...

Adorable pictures! What a cutie!

Carol

 
At October 31, 2006 10:29 a.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Very cute! Although I'm having a spot of bother with the concept of you being in your early twenties in the early eighties. Are you sure?

 
At October 31, 2006 11:34 a.m., Blogger christina said...

mike b - Amazing what a pastel jacket can do for a guy, isn't it? The cute babes were probably lined up right around the block. I think I may have been trying to look sultry in the middle picture but I don't do sultry all that well.

Carol - Thanks! I still feel that young on the inside. The outside is getting a bit creaky though.

ms mac - Well...I turned 20 in the spring of 1983 so that would be about right. Are you saying that I look incredibly young or incredibly old? :-)

 
At October 31, 2006 2:38 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were such a beautiful child. Yes, I would've put on the intertube. I was always so skinny and so often reminded that I was skinny, that I loved to fatten up at Halloween.

 
At October 31, 2006 2:53 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Betty - You are so sweet. I'm sure you would have made a gorgeous pumpkin. I was skinny once too - I miss those days.

 
At October 31, 2006 3:01 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Grr...I just typed you a comment and lost my Internet connection while it was posting. It's gone...
Anyway, I was saying, cute bunny! I've been behind on following my favorite expat blogs lately (election season = overworked, underpaid reporters are even more so!) but your costumes made my day!
Somewhere I have a pic of me in college in my flamenco dancer costume, which was my favorite ever, as I was able to unleash my inner Spaniard. I colored my blond eyebrows black (with eyeliner, I mean) and wore a black wig and hardly anyone recognized me... If I can find it, I'll put it up on my dormant blog. :)

 
At October 31, 2006 3:04 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Angie! Thanks for checking in. Keeping busy in the real world is a good thing. And you MUST find that picture so we can see your inner Spaniard.

 
At October 31, 2006 4:04 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Huff puff...busy stinkin' week, but I'm almost ready to crawl out from under my rock.

Anyway...I love how you go from a cute little bunny rabbit to a Goth at the drop of a hat. That's what I call, "Having range."

I also love the the TV mounted above the counter-top. How long would it take to cook a casserole in that?

But most of all, I love the black, electrical tape over the eyes of your friends. They must all be under the age of consent. Honestly...when I first accessed your page, I panicked. I thought that I unwittingly stumbled onto a...let's call it an "Interpol-monitored" website. Phew...saw my entire legal career flash before my eyes before gathering my bearings.

Back under my rock, I go.

Sal

 
At October 31, 2006 5:29 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

The pictures have been found and posted. :)

 
At October 31, 2006 10:51 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

how cool! Man I swear I miss too much! Every time I check back into anyone's blog, they've got a posst with a zillion comments and I've yet to read it...

Great flash back!!! I hope to scan photos when I'm finally down in CAli to pick up my stuff...

 
At October 31, 2006 11:46 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

It's funny that ET said what she did about comments because I think that sometimes Blogger doesn't refresh when I pull you up because I check every day. But then again, I 'spect the timing is off! I probably look just before you post. But having said that, I'm so glad you have these pics from days gone by because I sure don't! What a cutie you were even back then :)

 
At November 01, 2006 3:47 a.m., Blogger hexe said...

80s and Halloween - is there a better combination? Adorable photos - I especially liked the pumpkin sans the stuffing. Spo what did dress as this year?

 
At November 01, 2006 3:32 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Sal - Yes, yes, that's my dual Gemini nature - I can change my colours in the blink of an eye..

What, you don't have a TV installed right above your microwave like my mother did? She had to have it so she could watch Three's Company reruns while she was making dinner.

And no worries - if Interpol monitors this site, they have waaay too much time on their hands. My covert CIA activities are conducted offline.

Expat - I know. Sometimes I barely have time to keep up with everyone's postings. I'd love to see some pictures of you from your "youth".

Ginnie - Thanks! I don't usually post at a specific time of day so it could be that you're missing it. It could also be that Blogger has been very broken lately.

Hexe - Thanks! Yes, the 80's were a pretty scary time, but I loved that decade. I think my mum made the pumpkin costume for a party she went to and then passed it on to me. This year I dressed up as a...wait for it...desperate housewife! Whooo!

 
At November 02, 2006 2:36 a.m., Blogger Lilian said...

Oh, I love these photos, thanks for sharing!!!

 
At November 02, 2006 3:57 p.m., Blogger Sanni said...

Hi there!

I love love LOVE your decorations and the scary food!
It´s too bad, that there are no trick-or-treaters around in Germany. Missed them, too. Hopefully we´ll get a Halloween-hype round here sometimes.

kind regards,

Sanni

 
At November 02, 2006 4:00 p.m., Blogger Sanni said...

Hi there!

Wow... I love love LOVE your spooky decorations and the scary food you served! Too bad, there were no trick-or-treaters around. We also ahd no one around here... I still hope we´ll have a Halloween-hype in Germany as well someday ;-)

 

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