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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 19, 2018

My favorite costume

By Xiomara Levsen

Do you have a favorite Halloween costume you wore when you were growing up?
My favorite costume I wore growing up would be the Red Riding Hood costume my grandmother made for me in 1990.
It wasn’t because it was a grand costume but because she took time to make me something while dealing with her chemotherapy treatments. In the summer of that year she was diagnosed with cancer.
In late August she asked me what I wanted to be for Halloween that year. I wasn’t sure yet, so we did a little brainstorming. Finally, she asked me if I liked Red Riding Hood. I told her, ‘Sure, who doesn’t?’
From there it was decided she would make me a Red Riding Hood costume. First, she measured me for my red cape. Then she took me to a local fabric store to find the red fabric needed for my cape and hood.
We found two different types of fabric. One was a silky material used as a liner inside the cape and a felt material on top of that, which was also used for my hood.
She began to sew the pieces together in early September, but by the end of that month her treatments became too much and she couldn’t finish sewing the hood together with my cape. However, she did have a backup plan.
She found some red felt ribbon at her house and gave it to me with my cape. She instructed me to take the ribbon from the back of my neck to the front and tie in in place.
I was thrilled. I had never had a costume made for me by anyone before, and the cape was beautiful. I couldn’t wait to wear it that year to go Trick-or-Treating.
When Trick-or-Treating finally came I think my grandma was more excited than I to see the costume. She waited by the door for my brother and me to arrive. When she saw me she smiled and asked if I like the costume she made.
I told her of course I did. Then I hugged her and told her ‘thank you’ several times.
After the hugs were done my brother and I went Trick-or-Treating in my grandparents’ neighborhood. Several times people commented about my costume. Some asked what I was and other said it was a cool idea.
Looking back, I wish I would have told my grandma thank you more often because she was dealing with so many other things in her life at that time but took time to make that Halloween extra special for me.