Halloween in New England

Not every Halloween was freezing cold… but most of them were.





72 responses to “Halloween in New England”

  1. Michelle Gillies Avatar
    Michelle Gillies

    It seems Halloween has been cold for years now. I remember it being much warmer when I was little. Maybe I just didn’t feel the cold so much then. ;-)

    1. Emily Avatar

      I agree. Also, Nikki, what was Tess supposed to be? She looked kind of like a potato.

      1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar
        Nicole Smeltzer

        I was wondering when someone was going to ask! She is supposed to be Mr. Cotton the hamster, but potato/manatee also works :D

        1. Betsy Andrews Etchart Avatar

          Oh, I think I remember Mr. Cotton the hamster. Just a year later, she could have gone as Mr. Cotton and worn…a hamster skeleton costume, right? Or a hamster ghost costume? RIP, Mr. C.

    2. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Where I live now, people tend to hand out candy in their driveways, where they set up little fire pits so that the trick-or-treators can warm up between houses. It’s a really cute tradition!

  2. The Gentleman Avatar

    Just like Halloween in Alberta, except there was often snow on the ground. My mom got creative and used our coats as part of the costumes one year when my brother and I went as ghostbusters.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ghostbusters! What a great costume!… I might steal that this year :D

  3. skippingstones Avatar

    I really did LOL!!

    It’s cold on Halloween in my neck of the woods, too. But I remember many a cold year of trick or treating when I was a kid.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It will probably be cold this year and I’ll be taking my daughter trick-or-treating for the first time. Time to start thinking warm!

  4. becomingcliche Avatar

    HAHAHAHA! Every single year that we had good costumes, it turned cold enough to need jackets!

    Was that a Polaroid camera?!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yup! I used to covet that camera… but no! Cameras aren’t toys. How totally unfair.

  5. Shannon Avatar

    Love it! Great job…the Polaroid gave me some serious flashbacks. I wouldn’t know about being cold for Halloween. In south Texas, it was always hot and balmy and our masks would steam us up. They would come off in between houses so we could breathe. Have a Happy Halloween. Thanks for this…so much work!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yeah, I got to experience the flip side when we moved to Florida. Nothing like a steamy mask.

  6. missemmalou Avatar

    Awww, how cute! We were never allowed to go trick-or-treating, my mom was overly protective. It looks like you guys had a blast!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It was super fun! Stay up late, run around in the dark, eat candy. It’s everything a kid can dream of.

  7. sleepycathollow Avatar

    WHAHAHAHAA! Love the polaroid camera too!

  8. sj Avatar

    Hee, sumo wrestler!

  9. jensine Avatar

    I was Little read Riding hood once … and yes the bummer about Halloween is it’s cool out and you need a coat :-)

  10. Aaditee Avatar

    haha I love the little camera an your costume ideas. Oh, and the alt text always makes me smile! :)

  11. Paprika Furstenburg Avatar

    Beautifully done! I always hated those years when we had to wear a coat over our costumes.

  12. on thehomefrontandbeyond Avatar

    I remember having to wear a coat over my costume too – kind of takes away the effect –ha ha

  13. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    I can’t remember a Halloween when coats didn’t mess up the look of our costumes. But with the lack of originality these days, and most children appearing in plastic costumes from the Dollar Store, the coats hide nothing too interesting.

  14. whisperingiris Avatar

    Ha ha! I hated that. Especially the year my mom made me my glow-in-the-dark butterfly costume!

  15. whatimeant2say Avatar

    Adorably nostalgic! My New Jersey Halloweens were exactly like that!

  16. kris Avatar

    gorgeous, love it!

  17. teaselcreatures Avatar

    You had enough members of your immediate family to hold your own party. How fun.
    The cute costumes were covered up by the warm coats, so did anyone have to ask
    who or what you were?
    Rebecca Pinckney The Teasel Lady

  18. housewifedownunder Avatar

    I grew up in Minnesota and we had freezing cold Halloweens every year, too. One year, my grandmother made me the most elaborate “I Dream of Jeannie” costume, which was really more suited to summer being made of chiffon with an exposed midriff. Of course, that was the year of the big Halloween blizzard, so I was bundled up from head to toe in a full snowsuit, braving high winds and snow drifts to go collect my candy. So instead of Jeannie, I ended up being the abominable snow monster, as did all the other kids.

    1. Emily Avatar

      Bummer. Did you get a chance to be Jeannie another time?

      1. housewifedownunder Avatar

        Nope. The next year one of my sisters got to wear it, since it didn’t fit me anymore. The next year, my mother made me an M&M costume, which fit over my snowsuit. Lesson learned, I guess!

        1. Betsy Andrews Etchart Avatar

          That’s the way to do it, although you kind of lose the cute girlish air. My favorite costume in Southeast Alaska was the pumpkin costume my mom made me when I was twelve. The coat went underneath. The candy and cold hands got tucked inside. Not so sexy, but it was perfect at 58 degrees north..

          1. housewifedownunder Avatar

            After years of stuffing my beautiful princess costumes inside a snowsuit, I was glad to have one I could wear on the outside! Even though it wasn’t beautiful or cute. It was basically like wearing two giant pillows, so they did help keep me warm. Fortunately, being the oldest of 7, I was always the one who got a brand new costume and the other kids all had to wear hand me downs. :-D

        2. Emily Avatar

          Really? That’s sad…….although, dress-up isn’t just for Halloween. There are also birthday parties, spirit days at school, talent shows, summer camp, and also, when I lived in Australia, I’d occasionally see people (kids AND adults) walking around wearing costumes on an ordinary Saturday. Nothing like running into Sailor Moon on the way to the grocery store. :)

  19. She's a Maineiac Avatar

    Last year I had to take my kids out in the snow! We had a huge storm days before. We’ll be wearing our coats for sure this time, just hoping we won’t need snowsuits.

  20. Monica Avatar

    I love everything, and especially the polaroid! Happy Holloween!

  21. Andrea Kelly Avatar

    Hahaha this was every year of my childhood as well!

  22. Drew Avatar


    I was trying to guess where it was all leading, but that killer ending totally took me by surprise!

  23. dpbowman Avatar

    How well did those costumes predict personalities? Seems my sister and I were pretty well pegged! Love it!

  24. muddledmom Avatar

    So true! I think Bigfoot would be a really warm costume.

  25. timmer Avatar

    I know those cold New England Halloweens too well…too well. *shakes fist and looks towards the sky

  26. artisticmilestone Avatar

    Your blog is INCREDIBLE! wow good work and cute talent. I’m so tempted to make a project like these :)

  27. Charlotte Belanger III Avatar

    The blood on the end of the sewing needle….so much detail!!

  28. Angie Z. Avatar

    Thanks for such a great post. I forwarded it to my brother (he loves your work too…and is an excellent artist himself so that speaks volumes) and we had a good laugh about it since our mom also made us homemade costumes and also always made us wear our coats. No warm Halloweens in my part of the world either :(

  29. lexy3587 Avatar

    all of my costumes were designed to go over a snowsuit as a child. Lots of capes, too, for added warmth. Witch? black cape. princess? pink cape. red riding hood?… red cape. I love your stories and pictures :)

  30. Anne Avatar

    YES! I stopped spending time/money on my kids’ costumes once we moved to Minnesota.

  31. Audrey Avatar

    This is too fun! Love the costumes!! When I lived in Alaska we always seemed to get our first snow of the year on Halloween. Poor kids…

  32. Emily Avatar

    I’m Canadian, so I’ve run into that problem too. Hey, has anyone here ever opted for an indoor Halloween party instead of or in addition to trick-or-treating?

  33. Geek 20/20 Avatar
    Geek 20/20

    *giggle* that’s too funny!
    How long did it take your mother to make all five costumes?

  34. Betsy Andrews Etchart Avatar

    I yearn for the days of homemade hamster costumes. Now it seems no one wants to be anyone whose not trademarked. I’m just guessing Mr. Cotton wasn’t backed by Marvel….

    1. Emily Avatar

      Betsy–Why don’t you continue the tradition on your own? You could always make yourself a homemade Halloween costume. This year, I think I’m going to be the Paper Bag Princess, and a few years ago, I made myself a pretty awesome spider costume from pantyhose, grocery bags, and string, that’s currently on the “Coolest Homemade Costumes” website. Here’s a link: http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/coolest-homemade-spider-costume-13.html

  35. Emily Avatar

    P.S., I’m not as fat as I look in the photo–the weight of the spider legs pulled my shirt out to the sides.

  36. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Avatar

    lol, I remember those days. They were almost always cold. How neat that your mom made your costumes!

  37. lazylauramaisey Avatar

    I love this post so much!

  38. Le Clown Avatar
    Le Clown

    This is beautiful. I haven’t read you a great deal yet. But this is wonderful. You will see more of Le Clown. Your craft is magnificent.
    Le Clown
    PS: Enough with the superlative. Pfft.

  39. Jill Pinnella Corso Avatar
    Jill Pinnella Corso

    People in warm clients no nothing of our Halloween struggles! Last year there was a Halloween blizzard in New York.

  40. publikworks Avatar

    Ditto for Halloween in Illinois. Wonderful post : )

  41. catharsishungry07 Avatar

    Cute!! :)

  42. russelllindsey Avatar

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde and commented:
    Perfection, yet again.

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  44. cecilia Avatar

    wow, i bet you get to hear this all the time but your work is fantastic, i have never read your blog before and I shall most certainly be back! c

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  46. Soul Walker Avatar

    You should experience Halloween in Alaska…

  47. MB Avatar

    I live in Northern California. October, especially Halloween, becomes very chilly. I make costumes for my kids every year and there are times when I forget to consider the weather when drafting and sewing. Most of the time, I finish the costumes the day before or day of Halloween. And just like you, my children’s costumes–the ones I spent so much time on–get covered by their jackets. :( This year, I started sewing early and the husband reminded me of the weather. One of my child’s costumes is Ballerina Princess. The leotard and tutu is already done. Now I’m brainstorming a way to add something into the costume to keep her warm.

  48. pegoleg Avatar

    Ha! This was SO true in the Midwest as well. You’d put all kinds of effort into the costume, then end up hidden under a winter coat and/or an umbrella.

    Great, great costumes. I especially love Tess as a baked potato. :)

    1. Emily Avatar

      I’m sure that that costume looked more “hamsterish” and less “potato-ish” in person.

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