In the spirit of the season, what was the best Halloween costume you ever made for yourself or wore?
I peaked early. It was in 1964, when I was 12. Nikita Khrushchev had been deposed as premier of the Soviet Union in mid-October. I was wandering around the old Five and Dime (local, not Woolworth’s) and saw they had a Khruschev mask. I laughed and said “That’ll never sell.”
But I got to thinking. I bought the mask, dressed up in an old suit of my father’s, and made up a sign: “From Russia With Love: Out of a Job”
I went out trick or treating (kids did it alone back then, even after dark) and, by coincidence, went around with a friend of my brother who no one associated with me. I never said a word. People would just peer at me, surprised, get the joke, and try to figure out who I was under the mask. No one did.
How about you?