With Halloween quickly approaching, here is a spooky review (emphasis on spooky) about a Halloween costume I wore over two decades ago. Now, I don’t have any pictures of this costume. Coming from deeply religious parents, most of the pictures from my youth revolve around going to church and Christmas. Although, there is the occasional vacation picture (us going to church on vacation). Granted, Halloween was probably not celebrated back in their country. So for my parents, Halloween didn’t translate with the same sentiment we have here in the U.S., so unfortunately no picture of this moment. But to supplement the absence of an actual image, I’ll try my best to provide some visual context with other pictures from the internet.
Fortunately for me, I had four other siblings before me to establish the practice of Trick or Treating with my parents. So despite probably not truly understanding Halloween, my mom would still take us out to do that. In the small Texas town that I’m from, being an Asian boy would have probably worked well enough as a Halloween costume. It’s original and just scary enough in a predominantly white town to pass, but it would have been too easy. So my mom got me a little devil costume that I assume came from a rummage sale (which can be spooky.) Though very religious, my mom somehow found it okay for me to dress up as one of her worst fears.
The devil costume had three components: a one piece, a cape, and a hood. The one piece was red (obviously) and baggy with a long pointed tail (no goat legs). It also featured a trident branded on the chest as if Satan needed some sort of logo to distinguish himself from other demons, or he’s some sort of superhuman (but I guess he’d be known as Trident Man which is very lame). My costume was very similar to this:
The cape was red and simple. No markings (not even a pentagram or sacrificial image, very disappointing). The hood, also red (surprisingly), had two horns. Now that I think about it, the devil costume was more akin to the one the kid from the movie Problem Child wore.
Oh, I completely forgot that the costume included its own candy bag. If memory serves me right, it looked like a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos. But instead of Chester, it had a weird picture of a demon and said “Hot Stuff” on it (because everyone knows the Devil roams around Hell with bags of hellfire and brimstone with cautionary text on it.)
The costume wasn’t exactly scary, I guess unless you’re a Vietnam War veteran with PTSD (but that probably wouldn’t be due to the costume). It was more “cute” than terrifying which was probably intended for a costume for a 6 year-old. As far as practicality goes, it worked well. I put on the costume and was able to Trick or Treat without anyone questioning if I was in costume or not. However, it did not get me more candy than my brother and sister. Perhaps because the costume wasn’t scary enough, or maybe I was too convincing as the Devil that people didn’t want to gamble their prospect of Heaven by giving additional candy (like an offering) to Lucifer himself. Or maybe it’s because of the unspoken rule that you only get one piece of candy per house. Oh, well. The costume was also made of a really thin cloth, so I still had to wear a jacket. It really ruined the effect of the costume, because who would believe that Satan would walk around with a Bugle Boy jean jacket on.
Overall, it was a pretty decent costume and did what is was supposed to do. It was definitely way better than those Ben Cooper costumes which was essentially a poorly drawn mask and a plastic bag with a graphic on it.
My First Grade Devil Costume: 4 out of 5 pieces of candy