Kid’s Cyndi Lauper Costume / Halloween 1984

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If you are confused about the faces I was making, it was this {left} that I was going for …but not quite achieving. lol

This was another one of my favorite costumes. It was 1984 so I must have been 8 years old and my brother {the orange crayon} was two. He wouldn’t stay for the photo which is why I am grabbing him. I may have been trying to make him laugh as well because he would never smile for pictures.

My mom brushed all my hair to one side and bobby pinned it down so it looked like it was shaved on the other side. Then she used hair color spray to get it that pink/red color.

The striped one-shoulder shirt was hers from the 70’s and I actually still have it {wore it here}. She made the easy elastic waist skirt out of some random brown fabric and I think I had two different color leggings on as well as mismatched socks.

Where my costume sort of fell apart was at the shoes …they looked the part but were made by stapling two thin pieces of cardboard together {soles} and stapled the laces to them. The staples faced down so I wouldn’t cut up my feet or slip but the problem was that in school, we had that indoor/outdoor carpet in the classrooms and the staples kept getting stuck on the carpet. I would literally try to take a step and be stuck to the floor. It was hilarious to say the least.

My brother kills me in this photo! Just makes me smile so big.
I think he still looks at me the same way
…like he’s just not sure what the hell I am doing.

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Miss Anne

    October 16, 2008 |

    Um. I dont know if I can heart you any more than I already do, but I’ll try.

    LOVE that you EVEN made the “face”!

    How cool is your mom and her creative costume ideas??

    Seriously. Bet you won all the contests.

    “Girls just wanna have fun”

  • Rachel

    October 16, 2008 |

    I have to say you had the best costumes EVA!!! So original instead of just buying one…what a great mom you had…and great talent! You rocked it girl…and the pic of your bro…priceless 🙂

  • Leigh

    October 16, 2008 |

    You really do have the best costumes!! I remember dressing up so much, but I don’t have the photos 🙁 Maybe that is why I love to take pictures of myself today, LOL..

  • Ashley

    October 16, 2008 |

    That is absolutely fantastic.

    I love our commentary under the last picture!! 🙂 Haha. Adorable.

  • merc3069

    October 16, 2008 |

    OMG So, this answers my lifelong question: YES, people really can be born with Cool DNA and others not…

  • ~alison

    October 16, 2008 |

    ahahahahahaha! Scott is killing me with his hands on his hips! Your faces are hilarious!

  • Tiffany

    October 16, 2008 |

    seriously, you OWN halloween. each of your costumes get better and better.

    i love that you are even making her face.

  • Mrs. S

    October 16, 2008 |

    Your mom rocks!

    My mom never made me a costume, we just always bought one.

  • Joy @ Big Time Fancy

    October 16, 2008 |

    Holy shit this is the cutest costume everrrrrr! The makeup and hair totally make this extra-awesome.


    October 16, 2008 |

    such fun-fun!!
    Girls just wanna have fun-fun…
    ~make-up & costumes forever!!!

  • Evil Mr. Peppers

    October 16, 2008 |

    you r so tiny there

  • Franco

    October 16, 2008 |

    hahah so lovely!

  • Mrs.D

    October 16, 2008 |

    I knew that was the face you were making. lol. I thought Cindy Lauper was so cool, too. I wanted that crinoline skirt that she wore on the cover of her album.

  • April Showers

    October 16, 2008 |

    Oh my! How adorable! Just came upon your bloggy. SOO cute! Looks like we have a lot in common!

  • Caroline @ Absolutely Unique

    October 16, 2008 |

    You look so so cute and fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog! You’re so sweet!

  • karyn

    October 16, 2008 |

    You made a great Cindy Lauper!

  • Katie

    October 16, 2008 |

    OH YES! I love this. 🙂

  • La Belette Rouge

    October 16, 2008 |

    You are both absolutely adorable!!!

  • Hope2morrow

    October 16, 2008 |

    HA! How cute. Love the pics and inspiration photos. What ever will you be this year?

  • Liv/e in Both Senses

    October 17, 2008 |

    That’s brilliant! I know of Cindy Lauper and a couple of her songs, but not the ‘looks’ that she had… you seem to have pulled it off rather well!
    I didn’t think of CL as an entertainer that would have attracted an 8 year old…but apparently she did! 🙂 You looked fantastic!

  • Chris

    October 17, 2008 |

    What an awesome costume! And I love your little brother in the photos. I like how he has his hands on his hips in that last photo. So cute!

  • Wep

    October 17, 2008 |

    Too cool!

  • Songy

    October 17, 2008 |


    Look at those socks! they rock!

  • jae

    October 17, 2008 |

    You nailed it….the costume and the face! Thanks for stopping by today…nice to meet you.

  • Maki

    October 17, 2008 |

    The coolest!!

    This is my first time seeing your younger brother when he was little. The wedding photos that you posted a while back and this little boy — I can’t believe it’s the same person.

    You are so great!!

  • peterdewolf

    October 17, 2008 |

    I am going to resist the urge to make a joke that you were showing your “True Colors.” But, that really is a kickass Cindy Lauper costume.

    ’84? I think that is the year I got nabbed by the cops for chucking eggs.

  • kat

    October 17, 2008 |

    Love it, hilarious and a great flash back!

  • Krissy

    October 17, 2008 |

    Great costume!!

  • Holly

    October 17, 2008 |

    i would say that face is dead on! love the homemade cardboard shoes!!

  • faith

    October 17, 2008 |

    again, you are too freaking cute and your mom is amazing!


    October 19, 2008 |

    I WISH I was only 8 when that look was so popular. I was in my 20’s and trying to pull it off when I went clubbing. Yikes. Cute pix!
    Lisa & Alfie

  • dolcechic

    October 20, 2008 |

    Super cute costume!!!

  • Nanny Pants is on the loose

    October 20, 2008 |

    um…you guys are so godamn cute. if i was your mom, i would have loved you to death (well i kind of already do). i just think of how much i love avery and how excited i get about her and i think to myself how crazy in love with you your mom had to be. look at your fricken brother. is he the most adorable boy in the universe? jeeeezus.

  • ~Trish~

    October 20, 2008 |

    That was awesome!!! Like totally fer sure!!

  • {this is glamorous}

    October 22, 2008 |

    Do you have any idea how much I adore you Halloween costumes? You are the cutest little Cyndi Lauper ever!

  • Mademoiselle Frou-Frou

    October 25, 2008 |

    oh my goodness – you did your princess halloween costume post, and i was the same thing that same year. and now you have the Cyndi Lauper post – and I was that in 2nd grade!!! i was a mermaid in 3rd grade…were you that too?

    ooh, you live in ‘the valley’ – i’m in Sherman Oaks and went to school there. maybe we crossed paths?!!?

    love the blog!

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