On Halloween 1968 I was six years old (almost) and I think I went around dressed as a stereotypical witch, black gown and hat courtesy of my mother, who was brilliant at sewing. I don't recall what she dressed up as way back in the 1930s, but my father seems to have gone out in the classic sheet-with-cut-out-eyes, as a ghost. He also grew up in the 1930s, in Brooklyn. His favorite Halloween anecdote involved him making spiders out of ink-dipped corks, with rubber-band legs. He would then stand in the building's elevator, having turned out the light, and wait for unsuspecting ladies to scare.
|Ready to hike and party! (Wikimedia Commons)|
If you do wear lederhosen for Halloween, you could also carry a rustic backpack to hold your collected treats in, which is a great plus! Just add a colorful shirt, a thick sweater and some warm socks and hiking shoes, and you will be totally ready to walk long and far trick or treating. I especially like the socks that the seated man in the 1883 photo is wearing, by the way.
In fact, you'll probably be much more comfortable than all the folks dressed up as Batman or as Disney Princesses. Because a lot of costumes are not warm, and certainly not made for long walks, are they? And you will also stand out as being more original. And then there's the rucksack accessory - think of all the mini chocolate bars you'll be able to carry around in that!
All in all, lederhosen are sturdy and practical, unlike, say, the Halloween novelties (brought to you by Billboard in October 1948), on your left. A Casanova mask that looks like Groucho Marx as drawn by Charles Schulz? An Electric Bulb whose main attraction is that "It Lights Up!" Oh, I don't think so. Tradition, warmth and comfort - plus a rucksack? Lederhosen wins all around, I think.
Note: This is a sponsored post for Lederhosen 4 U, however all the points and views are my own.