Tinkerbell Costume ~ Halloween 1980


I mean, how long have kids been going as Tinkerbell for Halloween? Forever, right? I was 4 years old here and it took about an hour on the phone last night with my mom to figure that out. I knew it though. I remembered. Because I think the same year, she went as a man and I was furious that she was leaving the house with a mustache on. “Why would you do that to yourself?” I asked her.

tinker bell kids costume 1980

Mom made this costume out of green polyester and the wings were cardboard and that sash in the middle was holding them on. I wish I had the other photo my mom has where I am standing straight because you can see the bottom of the little dress better. You can barely see them but she made little green booties to wear over my shoes. …and look at that bun she gave me! That was all my hair and I remember it being a HUGE bun …but I was a tiny kid and I’ve always had ton of hair. I loved this costume! The Tinkerbell costumes of today don’t even compare {though the wings are far more sophisticated now ;}

My mom also made me a Cinderella costume the same year which I wore out trick-or-treating and maybe to school? I can’t remember but what I do remember to this day was that I had to wear a sweater underneath my pretty pink Cinderella dress because it was too cold out not to. And a sweater with a print on it to boot! I was pissed. It ruined the whole costume!

Clearly, I felt like an asshole


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com 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.


  • Hope2morrow

    October 8, 2008 |

    Love the pictures! Love the hair! Love the costumes.

  • elleabelle

    October 8, 2008 |

    You were just as cute back then!

  • Rachel

    October 8, 2008 |

    wow girl…you were always beautiful and sophisticated!!! Love your style then and now!

    Your mom did a great job not only on the costume but your hair!

  • peterdewolf

    October 8, 2008 |

    clearly, I felt like an asshole

    That cracked me the hell up.

  • Franco

    October 8, 2008 |

    you are too DAYUM cute!
    you right tinkerbell had been around since forever and even more now with the whole disney fairy fanchise.
    and I hear you about sweaters the kill costumes!!!

  • Megan

    October 8, 2008 |

    So funny that you had to wear a sweater underneath… “clearly I felt like an asshole” I think I almost fell out of my chair with that one. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tinkerbell costume, you were so cute!! Your hair is amazing. I can’t believe you had such great hair at and still have it today!!

  • ~alison

    October 8, 2008 |

    You are so cute as Tinkerbell…and hilarious pic of in the Cinderella costume!

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com

    October 8, 2008 |

    You freaking ROCKED that Tink costume. Love it.

  • ...love Maegan

    October 8, 2008 |

    These comments are cracking me up!!!! so funny ….

    When I was on the phone with my mom last night she told me that I LOVED costumes and getting dressed up….which made it easier for her around Halloween time. I think Tinkerbell was for a party and Cinderella was because it was cold. She did say that once I put on that costume, I became the character. My brother, on the other hand, HATED costumes. Every year it was a struggle and he changed his mind on what he wanted to be up until the last minute. His favorite was Rambo though…Mom made him some fake muscles out of a silk nude blouse…it was hilarious and he LOVED IT.

  • Miss Anne

    October 8, 2008 |

    “Clearly I felt like an asshole”

    that line made my entire day, and also was almost the cause of coffee being spit out of my mouth laughing.


    You’re adorable. And amazing hair at 4 and now? How do you rate?

  • merc3069

    October 8, 2008 |

    LOVE the Tink costume!

  • Mama Dawg

    October 8, 2008 |

    I love it! And your face in the Cinderella costume totally shows how you really feel!

  • Aubrey

    October 8, 2008 |

    Those are some great costumes! I would love to see the Rambo pictures if you can get your hands on ’em. LOL

  • Design Gal

    October 8, 2008 |

    I have to say, I loved this post! Because when I saw the pic of you in the princess outfit with the sweater underneath, I about died! I had the same experience and wanted to kill my mom. Seriously, what kind of princess wears a sweater under her dress? Lol!

    Oh, I found your blog through Ashley over at clever blog name here 🙂

  • Leigh

    October 8, 2008 |

    OMG Maegan how cute are you!!! Love it, you actually remind me of one of my daughters friends, adorable..

  • Mrs. Priss

    October 8, 2008 |

    AH! You were a little doll! Sooo cute with that bun, I love it.

    My mom made me wear long sleeves under one of my costumes (I think it was the Movie Star in 4th grade… apparently the pink feather boa wasn’t enough to keep me warm. Still bitter.)

    The last line is the best! hahahah

  • Tiffany

    October 8, 2008 |

    i love your costume, your hair, your adorable little face!

    so with you on the sweater thing. I was strawberry shortcake one year, you know with those awful plastic masks that actually hurt when wearing them? My mom made me wear a big puffy jacket underneath the costume. It was the worst!

  • Mademoiselle Frou-Frou

    October 8, 2008 |

    i remember those days! i had a princess outfit probably the same year you did…i always hated that it was too chilly to wear without a sweater or jacket…it ruined the look. 😉

  • Holly

    October 8, 2008 |

    “clearly, I felt like an asshole”

    dude, you crack my shit up

  • Maki

    October 8, 2008 |

    Look at you, cute little miss thing!!! So adoreable!! I can’t stand it!

    I love handmade costume because there is only one in the world and it’s made with love. It says so much about your mom…

  • dmb5_libra

    October 8, 2008 |



    October 8, 2008 |

    haha you look SO cute in these pics ^-^

  • Mrs. S

    October 8, 2008 |

    So cute!

    I feel your sweater pain. My mom always made me wear a sweater or coat OVER my costume so no one knew what I was.

  • Lauren K

    October 8, 2008 |

    So very cute! I’m still wracking my brain for an idea this year.

  • hautepocket

    October 8, 2008 |

    Dude. Seriously? I literally gasped at the adorableness of the Tinkerbell photos. You’ve just confirmed that you’ve always been ridiculously good-looking. And now…I hate you. :p

  • Nikki

    October 8, 2008 |

    LOVE IT! That Tinkerbelle costume is adorable

  • The Stiletto Effect

    October 8, 2008 |

    really, really cute!
    btw, you look like kate moss in that picture above your email address

  • faith

    October 8, 2008 |

    OMG, cutest Tinkerbell EVER. i love it!

  • Wep

    October 8, 2008 |

    There is nothing in the world worse than having to wear a sweatshirt under a costume no matter what the age. I have this FABULOUS wonder woman costume and I will freeze my ass off when I wear it if I have to.

  • Kaitlyn's Momma

    October 9, 2008 |

    Wow! Kudos to your mom for making such AWESOME costumes!! I especially love the homemade Tinkerbell costume! My daughter is going to be Tink this year, but your mom puts me to shame- I bought her costume!

  • Bayjb

    October 9, 2008 |

    Those pictures are absolutely adorable. I love your little pink dress 🙂

  • J. Leigh Designz

    October 9, 2008 |

    LOL! Clearly! I think the Tink pics are great! I live in MA so I hate the costumes that aren’t made for things underneath them. Old navy is our friend since they have thick fleece costumes!

  • jess gonacha

    October 9, 2008 |

    oh my goodness, those are the cutest photos ever!!

  • Joanna Goddard

    October 9, 2008 |


  • Jenni Jiggety

    October 9, 2008 |

    How cute are YOU?

    I’m in MA so we often had to wear a coat over ours. Laaaaame!

  • Chris

    October 9, 2008 |

    Great costumes! I remember being the same way. I woould get so pissed when I had to wear a coat over my costume (yes, a COAT here in Illinois!). It was rare when it was warm enough not to 🙁

  • dolcechic

    October 9, 2008 |

    Loving the costumes! You’re so lucky to have such a talented mom to make these for you! I wouldn’t have noticed the long sleeves had you not said anything….you don’t look like an asshole either lol!

  • A Print A Day

    October 9, 2008 |

    oh my gosh, you’re so so so cute 🙂

  • Mrs.D

    October 10, 2008 |

    What a CUTE little girl you were!!! Not fair! Love the costumes, and I felt the same way about having to wear something that compromises the integrity of the costume.

  • Steph Corwin

    October 10, 2008 |

    That first picture!! Just adorable!!

  • Vain and Vapid

    October 10, 2008 |

    OMG, those photos are so cute! I love that your Mom went through all that trouble to make you these costumes and not just buying something per-made.

  • Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    October 12, 2008 |

    My daughter is 4 and she is going to be Tinkerbell this Halloween. I guess some things never change.

  • Nanny Pants is on the loose

    October 15, 2008 |

    are you kidding me right now????!!! you must be the fuckin cutest little girl on the face of the planet. you are like jon benet ramspy and shit. ahahahahaaaa. minus the murdering of course. thank God for that.
    love you.

  • Iheartfashion

    October 26, 2008 |

    I was Tinkerbell too!

  • AndreaLeigh

    October 31, 2008 |

    Hey, I’m visiting from SITS. I think you look adorable. Old school costumes are the best! I’m 29 and we didn’t have this store bought crap back then! My mom was forced to be creative.

  • Michaela

    October 31, 2008 |

    HI – I came from SITS – You looked sooo cute!! I loved the look on your Cinderella face!!
    Happy Halloween

  • TMI

    November 1, 2008 |

    Hands down – best tinkerbell costume i’ve seen!

  • Jocelyn

    August 15, 2009 |


  • graceful nichole

    October 7, 2009 |

    LOLOLOLOL I love that you show all over your face how you felt like an asshole!!!
    My mom always made our costumes too and I remember hating my mom one year for making me be Cousin It for Halloween. It was a full furry ensemble, hot as hell and I couldn’t even buckle my damn seatbelt it was so huge. P.S. We live in South Florida. It was hot. I think she hated me.

  • Wendy

    October 12, 2009 |

    The asshole comment was awesome. Love your blog!

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