MPA’s Most Memorable Halloween Costumes

MPA’s Most Memorable Halloween Costumes

MPA’s Most Memorable Halloween Costumes


TIM BAILEY: “My least favorite was when I was dressed up like a Yankees fan! Scary!”


DEREK D’AMICO: “Baseball player, I already had my baseball uniform from little league.”

JESSICA DUBOIS: “I was every single Disney princess for Halloween. My mom used to make my costumes.”

DIANNE DUNNELL: “The Halloween costume I remember as a kid is my Tinkerbell outfit. My mother knitted the outfit and my dad made the wings out of foam. I remember learning the trick from my dad on how to add the sparkles to the wings using Elmer’s glue. Fast forward to last year and I was able to enjoy seeing my 4 year old daughter dress up as Tinkerbell too!! It was fun helping her fly around the house in her costume just as my dad did for me!”

JOE FLYNN: “When I was 7, my older brother decided that I would make the perfect Martian. He wrapped my head in saran wrap, leaving small openings for my eyes, nose and mouth. He taped two half ping pong balls over my eyes with tiny holes from which to see. He then positioned one half of a red rubber punch ball on my skull and then spent the next few hours dripping green wax all over my head and face. I wore a pair of tie dyed green pajamas in which he stuffed blown up trash bags until I looked like some mashed potato version of the Michelin Man. I couldn’t walk, talk or see…. And though looked absolutely ridiculous, I loved it. My mother was less than impressed. He was grounded for a week.”

CAITLIN GREENWOOD: “I remember dressing up as a bunny rabbit, which basically meant I wore pink footie pajamas with a cotton tail pinned on and bunny ears. I lived in Maine, so it was very important to stay warm during trick or treating, hence the footies.”

BARBARA HICKS: “I enjoyed dressing up as a “punk” several years in a row. The first year my big sister dressed me in all her crazy 80s accessories. Then I took the concept and ran with it during other years. It was a good excuse to wear tons of jewelry, makeup, spray my hair different colors…as colorful and eclectic as I could get!”


MONICA KATSOULOS: “My costumes were those drug store specials of a gown you slip over your clothes and one of those annoying plastic masks that cut your tongue if you tried to stick your tongue out …”


VIVIENNE KENNY: “I was never into dressing up as some scary goblin or some super hero Cat Women, I was more the practical type … Whether you were old enough to experience the 70’s with the feelings of peace and love or like me trying to be a hippie3 decades later for Halloween, I sure as hell pulled it off pretty well … Overly bright colors, untouchable platform shoes, long black locks, retro bright pink glasses, I was feelingpretty groovy man!!!”


DUNCAN LAKE: “My most memorable Halloween costume was in 8th Grade when I was Bill Clinton. It was timely (right after he got in trouble). I had this big, funny, exaggerated cartoon-like mask.”

MARC MARGULIES: “I remember when I came back from overseas, age 12, I thought that the term was ‘trick and treat’, and it meant that you had to do a ‘trick’ to get a ‘treat’. My sister and I did a little skit, demonstrating our familiarity with how to carry on a conversation in Urdu, and then we got candy from the delighted adults who had no idea why we were doing a little play for them. We managed to go to about a dozen houses before Halloween was over, and got very little candy, the process being so slow (if cute). We were dressed up as Pakistani children (we had been living in Karachi for four years) and our skit was a conversation in Urdu, the language of Pakistan. By the following year we’d figured it out, that the term was ‘trick OR treat’, and we got to about six dozen houses for a REALLY big haul.”

MONICA MOREIRA: “A witch, and my mother made me wear it 3 years in a row!”

JANET MORRA: “Agent 99 from Get Smart.”

CYNDY GIBSON MURPHY: “When I was real young I repeatedly dressed as a pumpkin because it was the easiest to wear multiple layers underneath as trick-or-treating in Northern NH usually involved walking through snowbanks in near zero temperatures. I can’t remember any of my outfits when I got older besides the fact that every year I swore I’d choose something warmer the next year. At least I had a huge stash of candy at my disposal while I spent the next week home sick!”

SARAH NASZNIC: “As a kid, I was connected at the hip with a doll that was a Lamb, and appropriately named Lamby. Clearly, Lamby and I were huge fans of Lamb Chops Play Along at the time. So, without me knowing, my mom ordered the Lamb Chops costume. One day, out of the blue, I heard my mom causing a huge commotion downstairs … and all I could hear her screaming was that my dog had eaten Lamby! Obviously, I was hysterical on the drop of a dime, and ran down the stairs waiting to see Lamby’s massacre. As I rounded the bottom of the stairs, crying hysterically, I realized very quickly that my mom had pulled the ultimate terrible/awesome joke. Instead of seeing the death of my childhood doll, my mom had stationed Bo, my 100-pound Golden Retriever, with the Lamb Chops head piece fit over his head, and the body of the costume draped from his neck.”


MELISSA PANASUIK: “When I was 11 years old, my family went to a Halloween party at the hospital where my mom worked. Each of us had to dress up, so my Mom came up with an idea where we would all coordinate. The theme was Alice in Wonderland. My little sister (who was 5 at the time) was Alice, I was the Queen of Hearts, and my parents were playing cards. It was awesome.”

JOHN PEARSON: “Pirate. In Cub Scouts I took an old oak table leg and made a knee pocket for it as a wooden leg. I used an extra belt under my coat to strap my leg up so it disappeared. Head scarf, eye patch, pea coat, and presto, I was a peg-legged pirate. After an hour or two I had to straighten my leg and abandon the peg leg. But for that first hour, I was awesome.”

DAN PERRUZZI: “I went one year as a hobo. My parents gave me this huge oversized overcoat, I got a beat up hat, I had a bamboo pole with a tied-up bundle on the end, and I used burnt cork to smear my face with black. I had a pillow case as a candy bag, and I got that sucker filled.”

CHRISTINE LAW PESTANA: “I love Halloween. It has always been one of my favorite holidays. The funny thing about it is that you would think that would mean I would be planning my costumes months in advance. Maybe it’s because kids don’t have as much of a concept of time or maybe it’s because back in the 1970’s, Hallmark didn’t start putting out Halloween stuff after the 4th of July, but my mom and I would have a conversation just days before and we would look around the house and come up with something. Since most kids were obsessed with Star Wars in those days, my answer to “what would you like to be this year for Halloween?” for about 3 Halloweens straight was, Princess Leia. Ironically I now live in Salem MA, the Halloween capital of the world. You really do have to love it to live there when you are trying to do errands on any weekend in the entire month of October!”


SARA REBEIRO: “I was an astronaut in kindergarten. I had a giant helmet and everything but my mom wouldn’t let me wear it until Halloween, you can only guess how disappointed I was. But it was a pretty great costume, I won’t lie.

ALVARO RIBEIRO: “The chubby Karate Kid.”

RUI RIBEIRO: “The best costume I ever had was a werewolf. I was always a huge fan of Halloween as a kid and found a wolf mask that had light up eyes so I absolutely had to have it. From there my mother made an elaborate werewolf costume involving a tiny suit and hair poking out from everywhere. I even had hair gloves. It was all very well crafted and I was in 2nd grade so it was fantastic.”

KIM SMITH: “A gypsy and a ballerina. Both were pretty lame.”

JOHN VINING: “A skeleton. I loved having the glow-in-the dark bones on the black outfit. When I hear the word “halloween” an immediate single image comes to mind: my feet making impact on the pile of leaves on the sidewalk outside my front door, as my 3 brothers and 2 sisters and I burst out to go trick or treating. It was a race. Hit the Valeriani’s house first, then the Flynn’s, Dechristoforo’s, Mondello’s and Sarno’s. Then cross the street and hit the Spiro’s, Silvestro’s, and Parrella’s. And from there it’s sprint down Summit Road, cut across Crest and hit Terrace Road with a vengeance. Immediately the mask comes off and the costume falls apart as we sprint down the sidewalk, sweating like mad and crunching leaves with every step. Growing up on a dead-end street with a million kids made Halloween an awesome experience for us. Coming home and dumping the piles of candy all over the table turned into a major bartering session for six kids, dividing it all up and trading like mad. When we got older, into middle school, Halloween became more of an adventure with my buddies Paul, Jim, and Bobby. It not only involved trick or treating for candy, we found ourselves stealing eggs and toilet paper from the house before venturing out. But that’s a story for another day.”