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Proof That Our Childhood Costumes Can Be The Inspo We Need For Our 2018 Costumes

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We’re finally starting to cherish the ’90s like it deserves. We’re also living in an era where we’re all fighting to rip the sheep’s clothing off the wolves, and desperately trying to think of a creative Halloween costume for 2018. The good thing is that we can also reach for the nostalgic feelings to fuel our creativity. Growing up Latino meant going hard at Halloween, and not in the Heidi Klum sense.

Our moms sewed the most raggedy costumes for us, or made the best out of a plastic tablecloth. For every photo of you in a different Halloween costume, there’s one of your older brother or prima wearing it the year before. We’re a village and the costumes we have circulating around the family honestly belong in a museum. Or this very cute listicle.

We all wore a felt Barney costume at some point.

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Your mom just bought a smelly old Barney costume off a drunk Barney impersonator and used the fabric to craft you this. “Pero just rub hydrogen peroxide on anything y se limpia.”

You never felt DIY fly in a bubble of balloons.

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You definitely cherish the #throwback pic nonetheless. It did give you a nice buffer from Nina’s too tight hugs.

If you’re a girl, you 100 percent were dressed as an angel.

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If you’re a boy, you’re a clown, hands down.

P.S. Check that pumpkin with the false lashes.

P.P.S. That is me looking so angelic. 🙇🏻‍♀️

You were forced to be a duo with your little hermano.

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He was always pretty happy about it but you felt like a dummy in front of your friends. Plus, Superman didn’t wear a turtleneck under the cape.

I was a flamenca for four years straight and it’s fine.

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I could remember when the dress touched the ground and when it went above my knees. Ask your mom to be something different this year and it’s all, “Mira que es la princesa now. Where’s your prince?” I don’t even know what to say to that.

When you and your brother couldn’t fit into your superhero duo costumes, you graduated to a payaso.

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You were damn proud. I’m hiding because my mom made my Pippy Longstocking costume that year and I was super embarrassed. The boys always get the store-bought costumes. 🙄

Some of us had moms who swore they were costume designers.

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We were thrilled about it. This is a true payaso right here. He has the tears and everything. Honestly, we were happy to have a costume that really stood out.

Then, there were the “just raid my closet” costumes.

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Yes, she is wearing a polka dotted skirt for a beard and seems very proud. Best part is you can decide what you want to be based on how the costume turns out.

All of us were power rangers at one point.

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You couldn’t see through the masks and those safety hazards are a thing of the past. They were just 100 percent opaque plastic and your mom had to guide you everywhere or else the gig was up.

Cada bébe was a pumpkin.

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If you don’t have a baby photo of you dressed like a pumpkin, you missed out on the greatest cosmic joke of all. We come from the same patch because I wore that same costume the year after my prima.

Mientras, Selena Gomez has crushed Halloween since birth.

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It is so obvious that she was born to be a star. She’s not hiding behind anyone. Plus, remember those extra squishy foam flip flops? Workin it.

And she always had good taste.

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To our credit, these look like her mom didn’t make these costumes. Selena was a vampire before it was cool to be a vampire.

Remember “I Dream of Jeannie”?

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Your dad was really into the show and your mom poked fun at his crush on Barbara Eden. Literally it was a show about a beautiful genie who gets Stockholm syndrome and falls in love and marries her “master.” The ’70s. 🙄

Whether Selena was Jeannie or just a really cute lil genie, she rocked it.

Sometimes, our moms just painted our face and bought us an animal print sweater.

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I mean, she already had the yellow eyeshadow (it was the ’90s). What else is lip liner for than to give your budding celebrity daughter whiskers?

If you were a princess, you were going to be Belle.

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Your parents approved of her dedication to education and reading. She’s the only one who is buena gente, and if you asked to be her, they were really proud.

You know you’re Latino when you bring an empty food container to collect your candy.

Now we know that our parents were just being practical. Take the container we’re going to store the candy in for the next four winters. Feed two birds with one scone and all that.

At one point, you were a Flinstones character.

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If your mom was really savage, she just used a dried out bone from lechón and put it in your hair. You cannot doubt that this has happened to some Latino child out there.

We also celebrated that one time a Cuban landed a Cuban role via “I Love Lucy.”

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It doesn’t happen very often, but when a 1950’s sitcom actually put Cuban-born Desi Arnez on mainstream television, we’re here for it. Sure, I see some problems with this picture, but, again, it was the 90’s.

Sometimes, we just dressed up like our culture.

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White people and non-Mexicanos, you cannot do this. Literally this is one mami trying to put the clothes your abuelitos gave her to good use because there is no real occasion any more to get this dressed up. We’ve taken on American values. Stretchwear always.

Never forget the plastic poncho costumes.

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It was crazy sweaty under those plastic sheets, but I’m sweating just looking at someone dressed as an indigenous Indian. And now a moment of gratitude that it’s 2018 and we don’t have to put up with any types of sweating anymore.


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