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A Family Tradition

October 29, 2008
Wetzel Chronicle

My mom was the queen of Halloween costumes. She took great pride in creating just the perfect, unique get-up for her kids. Even when I was just four months old she dressed me as Humpty Dumpty and put me on her shoulder. Of course she was dressed as a wall.

One day I came home from school and she was pulling a papier mache Snoopy head out of the oven. I thought she had lost it, but she was proud of her creation.

I was a bit concerned. That Snoopy head wasn't perfectly smooth like the masks in the boxed costumes at Big Wheel or Murphy's Mart. Those were the costumes I always wanted, but she knew she could do better than a plastic coverall and a thin mask attached with an elastic string.

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Joellen Witschey as Wow Wow Wubbzy

I don't know that the same holds true, but I think she taught me right because I made Joellen's costume this year.

When I asked her what she wanted to be, she said "Wow Wow!" In two-year-old speak that is Wow Wow Wubbzy, a rather new cartoon that is all the rage with the pre-school set these days.

I decided that was possible and started making plans (after I found out such a costume could not be Googled).

My husband and sister were afraid for Joellen's pride, but at Saturday's costume parade at the Chili-Fest, she wore her costume with pride and walked down the middle of Main Street saying in amazement, "I'm Wow Wow! I'm Wow Wow!"



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