One of the things I remember most about growing up is my Nana – Jeanette Warber – and her love for Halloween. Just seeing her so enthusiastic about the holiday made it my favorite holiday, as well. Every Halloween costume my sister and I had growing up was made by Nana, and every costume has been memorable.
“It was exciting for me,” Nana said last week when I asked her about the costumes she has made, “because of how excited you got about making them.”
When it came to making costumes, I loved that I could choose anything I wanted to be and that no other child was going to have a costume exactly the same as mine. I would spend weeks thinking about what I wanted to be, from every detail, down to the jewelry and shoes I was going to wear. When the time came to start making the costumes, Nana and I would go to the fabric store together and pick out a pattern, fabric, ribbon, buttons and anything else I needed.
“It’s kinda fun to get a pattern and decide what you want to be,” Nana said. “Then go to the store and rummage through all the material and decide exactly what materials you want to use, color scheme and uniqueness to make it your own.”
After the fabric store, Nana and I would go back to her house and start working. Nana always had me help so I would learn how to sew and be self-sufficient. The time spent making the costumes was one of the best parts of Halloween. Although it could take hours and even days, I loved spending the extra time with my grandma. She would tell me stories about her growing up, learning how to sew, and my mom and uncle’s Halloweens when they were my age. By the time a costume was done, there was such a great feeling of accomplishment that I couldn’t wait to show the costume off to my friends and run around the neighborhood in it.
“There is such a satisfaction being able to make something that is totally yours – something that you get to design with your own personal touch,” said Nana. “It’s always so great when someone is in awe at something that you make on your own.”
• Katelyn Mudd is a senior at Batavia High School and an intern at the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at email@example.com.