A Haunting Retrospective: 18 Years Of Halloween

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A Haunting Retrospective:

18 Years Of Halloween Costumes

1997

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1997 Halloween: Mistaya as Po (age 11 months)

I made Mist (11 months old) her first Halloween costume: Po, the Teletubbie. It ended up taking many hours to complete. Here she is in her pram, ready to stroll around her Saskatoon, Saskatchewan neighbourhood.

1998

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 Still working the Po costume. This time, Mist’s 23 months old and has her dear brother Weldy the Pug to accompany her on her first walk around her Saskatoon neighbourhood. We lived in a historical house on an avenue with the same name as Mist’s surname. I persuaded friends to sew costumes for their little girls and the three Teletubbies pose together below:

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1999

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We got one more year out of good old Po the Teletubbie costume. Mist is almost three years old in this pic. This time Mist poses with her Dad, Peter. I was very pregnant with baby number two on this night.

2000

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Mist has a new baby sister, Tabs! Tabs (age 10 months) is a bunny (I sewed the polar fleece hat) and big sister Mist (3 & 3/4) finally graduated to be Rapunzel (I sewed this costume too). Our house is for sale and we are preparing to move in the New Year.

2001

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Here we are in our new home in Kelowna, British Columbia. We bought a new home perched high up on Knox Mountain. Mist (age 4) is a princess and Tabs ( age 1) is Po. Tabs was already demonstrating her independent do-it-yourself personality: she insisted on putting on her own lipstick for the night. Tabs was very excited for her first trick or treating experience: we rang the bell and as soon as any of the neighbours opened their doors, an excited Tabs rushed right by them and darted into their houses!

2002

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Sailor Moon, Po and Mom

Tabs (age 2) is Po again and Mist (5)  is a big school girl (in kindergarten), dressed up as Sailor Moon (above). Mist and her best friend Bree are the Sailor Moon twins at school (below).

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Tabs (3) is a fairy and Mist (6) is a princess. Mist is very sick with strep throat in this pic (fever 40 degrees Celcius). She had her tonsils removed shortly after Halloween.

2004

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Tabs is Tinkerbell (4) and Mist (7) is Hermione Granger (from Harry Potter–I made her school uniform under the cape). We were in Nelson, BC visiting Auntie Theresa and cousin Kyran. Auntie Theresa was having a huge Halloween party!

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I’m (R) a yeoman from Star Trek and my sister Catherine (L) is Farrah Fawcett (from Charlie’s Angels).

2005

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In this action shot Mist (8) is Hermione again and Tabs (5) is Cinderella. Our pug Weldy is a leopard (I made his costume). You can tell how I was feeling at this time of my life as I took only 2 pics of this particular Hallloween and they were both blurry (I probably forgot to charge the camera battery). I was very pregnant with baby #3 at the time and I was having a difficult pregnancy.

2006

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Baby #3 arrived! Little Pip (8 months) is my mini-me witch. Tabs (6) is big sister witch and Mist (9) is a corpse bride (her costume was so good: a real bouquet of dead flowers and real dead leaves and branches in her hair). No longer pregnant, I am feeling much better on this Halloween as baby Pip is a very happy and healthy bundle of love that we all adore.

2007

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Mist (10) is a mime and Tabs (7) is Pippi Longstocking and Pip (1&1/2) is a wee witch.

2008

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We’re in Disney World for Halloween on this year! Cousin Kyran  joined us on our Florida trip. We had so much fun. Mist (11) and Kyran (14) are vampires, Tabs (8) Minnie Mouse—she put together her own costume (my do-it-yourself-wonder girl), and Pip (2) is a leopard. We’re at our hotel in this pic, ready to head to Downtown Disney to trick or treat.

2009

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Tabs (9) is Queen Elizabeth the I, Pip (3) is Rapunzel, Mist (12) is Mary Poppins.

2010

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Our cousins move to BC !

Cousins Artemis and Nem moved up the street one year prior to this Halloween. Nem (8) and Tabs (10) are bats, Artemis (4) is a puppy, Pip (4) is a werewolf.

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Tabs as a bat

Mistaya is Ziggy Stardust:

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Mist as Bowie
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Pip as werewolf

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Auntie Griselda (I created her) visits us for the very first time.

2011

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Tabs (11), friend Mak (11) and Nem (9) are zombie school girls.

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Mist as Misty

Above: Mist (14) is Misty from Pokemon.

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Pip (5), Flamenco Dancer & Artemis (5), Bat

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Peter in my dad’s old 70s suit. He wore it to work (with a shirt) and no one batted an eye.

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This was the year that my sister Miranda set up a ghost making factory in her garage—Tabs, Nem, Mist and Miranda.

2012

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Tabs & Nem

Tabs(12) is a wicked fairy and Nem(10) is a sea Anemone

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Pip & Artemis

Pip (6) is a vampire and Artemis (6) is a zombie school girl.

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The witches and vampire at home…

Pip, Mom and Auntie Griselda.

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Mist (15) and Rachel as Anime characters.

2013

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Miyazaki time! The girls are characters from Hayao Miyazaki films: Mist (16) is Princess Mononoke, Tabs (13) is Satsuki and Pip (7) is Mai from My Neighbor Totoro.

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Princess Mononoke with her mask on.

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Pip with Artemis (cat).

2014

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Nem & Tabs

Tabs (14) is the spirit of Halloween and Nem (12), a cat.

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Pip is Regina Mills (mayor of Storybrooke, Maine in Once Upon A Time), Mist (17) is Margot from The Royal Tenenbaums.

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Witch and pet spider

Me and my pet black widow.

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 Auntie Griselda, dipping into the sauce…

2015

MistCon Mist (18) and Conrad as FBI Agents Scully & Mulder from The X-Files (Mist sent me these pics from Vancouver, where she and Conrad are partying on Halloween night as students at UBC).Wig

 Mist in her Agent Scully wig.

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Mak (hippy), Tabs (15) as Tabby Cat and Pip (9). Pip, again dressed up as her favourite actress (Lana Parrilla as Regina Mills) from Once Upon A Time.

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2 Responses

  1. Sandra Hart
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    Very interesting to see all the years. Great costumes

    • Mix Hart
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      Thanks S. I learned from the master–you always made us such wonderful costumes when we (your girls) were small 🙂 xoxox

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