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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I am headed back to the states this week and will be fortunate enough to be there in time for Halloween. It will be great fun to see the little ones in their costumes and enjoying themselves outdoors trick-or-treating.

But there is one little trick-or-treater who has been on my mind all week.  Meet little "Raggedy Andy," circa 1964.  No, not the child, the costume!!  

Can you believe it?  My aunt made this adorable little costume for my cousin, her son,  when he was just a toddler.  That was 46 years ago!  It looks as though it was made yesterday to me in this photo. 

In 1984, my cousins' nephew also wore it for his Halloween costume.  Today, he is  graduated from college and too old to trick-or-treat (or at least I would assume so.)

This year, the baby above, who is the baby of the family, will wear the homemade Raggedy Andy costume that his great-grandmother made back way back in 1964.  How she would have loved to know that this beautiful great-grandchild of hers was wearing her handiwork.  

Who knows, there may be a few more "Raggedy Andy's" in the family's future.  The costume appears to be holding up well and is in excellent condition.  It touched my heart to hear that my aunt actually made a costume that extends four generations of boys in their family.

Does your family have a costume that has been handed down from one generation to another?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Or, better yet, send a photo!


blueviolet said...

I think it's so very special that this has been passed on through the years. Just wonderful!!!!

Joyce said...

That is just precious!

Mary and Sean said...

very cute! I'm happy the costume still gets use! It seems that Raggedy Andy is sort of retro now... I'm sure there will be no other babies decked out the same way.

In our family, we have a tiny cowboy outfit that will go to my baby when I have one!

Expats Again said...

Mary & Sean, I didn't know Raggedy Andy was retro. I even wondered if they had them for sale anymore. That is wonderful about the tiny cowboy outfit going to your baby when you have one. Then hang on to it. You never know who might wear it in the future.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I'd love to see Hallowe'en in the US - here you occasionally see one or two kids here, but I get the impression that America goes all out.