I was nine years old and Disney’s movie The Lion King had come out on June 5, 1994.I was one of the first kids in line to watch the movie about a young lion cub named Simba who learns about “The Circle of Life.” He has to deal with his father’s death and take over the throne as the King of the Jungle. I instantly fell in love with this movie.
As Halloween approached I decided I wanted to be a lion cub like Simba. My grandmother and Aunt are great seamstresses so they designed and made me the most elaborate lion costume I have ever seen. I couldn’t wait to wear it to go trick-or-treating.
When Halloween night finally came I was ready to run out the door and stock up on candy. However, my Aunt thought the costume didn’t look complete and decide she should put makeup on my face to give me whiskers. I could barely sit still. Finally I was ready. I got so many compliments on my costume that night.
As the night came to an end my Mom, brother, and I headed back to our house where my Dad had been passing out candy all night. He was sitting outside on the front steps because the weather had been so nice. I was the first one to walk up the sidewalk to the house and tried to go past my Dad to enter the house so I could sort through all my candy and see what kind of goodies I had gotten.
However, I was stopped short by my dad who asked, “Whoa, where do you think you’re going young lady? I have the candy right here.” Before I could say anything my Mother had already started laughing and said, “Honey that’s Nicole!” My Dad had to do a double take because I looked like a totally different person. He had never seen my costume and my make up was so good that he didn’t’ even realize it was me under it all! The whole family had a good laugh before we headed into the house to call it a night.