More Costume Ideas!

Costumes from Crepe Paper coverCostumes from Crepe Paper
Pointillart
1974

Submitter: 

1. Crepe paper is the worst costume-creation substance ever. Especially if a child is going to wear it. Really, how long will these costumes last before they’re torn to shreds?

2. These costumes frighten me. And the ethnic ones are so stereotyped they could be considered racist.

This book last circulated in 1992. And pretty soon it’s going to be given away or recycled.

Holly: Not to mention, the label placement on the cover is ridiculous. I mean, if you wanted to do a silly thing like read the title, you’re out of luck. I especially like the Native American child smoking a pipe. Nice detail. Happy Halloween everyone!

Costumes from Crepe Paper back cover

Elf and flower costumes

Chef and Nurse costumes

Clown costume

Tahitian Girl and Lawyer costumes

Indian and Scottish Lad costumes

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22 comments

  1. I sometimes wonder if the people who come up with these ideas have forgotten that Halloween, the only time most kids wear costumes, is in late October. Even if it holds up physically, imagine trick or treating in something made of paper.

  2. More creepy kids from the 70s… What’s with that nurse? Take a look at the kid. I think she’s scarier than the costume. Can you imagine her giving you a shot??? However,the clown and the one called “Buttercup” are actually pretty cute costumes, but come on. Have these people ever really worked with crepe paper? IF the costumes hold together for longer than the time it takes to take a picture, just imagine what will happen when the child gets the least bit of water on their costume…

    1. I was going to say something about the nurse. Something about it makes me think of a crazy combination of older adult and young child. It’s such an odd photo. But it’s in a stupid book so I guess it’s not really out of place. I agree that it’s creepy.

    1. Maybe it’s just his sporran? If his kilt is made of crepe paper, let’s hope the poor kid is not wearing it in the . . . traditional manner, if he finds himself caught out in the rain. We don’t want an x-rated Halloween costume.

  3. I can’t believe that these costumes were all made out of crepe paper. They look pretty good to me. I am missing what is racist about these costumes.

    1. You might want to try googling “native appropriations” if you really want to know why at least the “Indian” and “Tahitian girl” costumes are a problem.

    1. There’s a publisher’s by-line at the very bottom of the back cover. Cities mentioned: New York, London, Sydney.

      Even without the crepe paper angle, several of these would have been much too cold for trick-or-treating in the part of Canada where I grew up—we often had snow on the ground for Halloween, so you needed something capable of concealing several layers of sweater and long johns, or something you could incorporate a heavy jacket or coat into.

  4. Crepe paper is not flameproof. I know paper will ignite at 450F. I can only think it would have a lower ignition
    point given there is less mass. With that said, Happy Halloween!

  5. Crepe paper costumes have a history going back into the 19th c. I think most of these would be suitable for indoor party costumes

  6. For heaven’s sake! Who wants to crunch as they go trick-or-treating? And if it rains, good luck getting the dye out of your underwear!

  7. I remember my mom making a Red Robin costume for my first grade play in the early 1960s. It was pretty cute–but yes, not an outdoor or heavy activity outfit.

  8. For Halloween in 1973, my dad made my sister and I absolutely adorable flower costumes out of crepe paper. Unfortunately, it rained. The flowers wilted, and the dye used in the crepe paper stained our skin green, blue and red for weeks. It’s a great childhood memory we retell every Halloween 🙂

  9. This is certainly a British book — see the first line of the back cover, “Fancy-dress costumes always enliven a party”. Americans don’t use the term “fancy dress”.

    Apart from Scottish “guising”, Halloween trick-or-treating is a new thing in the UK. Tramping around in costume from house to house would never have crossed the minds of the writers or readers in the ’70s. At the end of that same paragraph is a description of the proposed use — “for a masquerade ball or shipboard party” — a few hours of not-very-active indoor partying.

    What made me blink was the repeated suggestion of “once you’ve made several costumes along these lines, try designing your own”. How often were readers expected to hold fancy-dress parties?

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