I LOVE Halloween!  I love everything about the season...  The scary movies, the candy, and the COSTUMES!  Especially when I was a child, I've taken my costumes very seriously.  Mom was a big fan of, like, not spending money buying a traditional costume, but rather putting in the time, energy, and creativity to make one by hand.  Here are my top 5 favorite costumes Mom and/or I put together from scratch:

#1: Steve Urkel/Mummy (1991) - I loved Steve Urkel from TV's "Family Matters."  When Mom asked who I wanted to be for Halloween, I wanted to run around screaming all of Urkel's catchphrases.  For reasons I couldn't understand at the time, Mom didn't let me wear my Urkel costume (which included make up matching Jaleel White's skin-tone) in the school parade.  She wrapped me in toilet paper and told me to tell everybody I was a mummy.  I was confused and crying.  I understand her reasoning now.

Photo: Nancy Hilger

#2:  Bart Simpson (1990) - This was a homemade costume put together by my mom.  I was Bart, Mom was Marge, Dad was Homer, and my newborn sister was Maggie.  This was in the first season or two of the show that is STILL running to this day...  I was very forward-thinking.

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Photo: Nancy Hilger

#3: The Pillsbury Doughboy (1997) - I was so fat and pasty-white that kids already made fun of me for physically resembling the squeaky-voiced, portly Pillsbury posterboy.  I decided to embrace it and dress up like him.

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#4: Howard Stern/WWF Wrestler X-Pac (1998-1999) - It was literally the same exact costume as the year before except I also wore an X-Pac T-shirt.

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#5: Super Mario (2008 - Present)

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