My favorite Halloween pastime wasn't trick-or-treating, it was the anticipation of wearing my finished costume. As children, my siblings and I would come up with what we wanted to be for Halloween and then my mom, grandma and mainly, my aunt who is an amazing seamstress, would concoct the costumes from scratch. No task was too daunting, when Gremlins became a blockbuster, my brother and I became Stripe and Gizmo with realistic paper-mache headpieces. But none compared to the one I wore as Cinderella in first grade. With a few hems, stitches and a hoopskirt made of bent wire hangers, my aunt took an old bridesmaid's dress and made me feel like the belle of the ball. What was your best costume?