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Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread: Halloween Ideas

This was a big week. Jackson turned one on Tuesday (that’s us above, post gift-opening) and we celebrated with a stale store-bought cake, frozen lasagna (well, it wasn’t frozen when we ate it), and lots of trips to the bathroom. All three of caught some bug on Jackson’s birthday and were pretty sick for most of the day — poor Drew was the sickest of the bunch — so sick HE FELL ASLEEP DURING A YANKEES PLAYOFF GAME the night before. That’s sick. Jackson threw up so much the night of his birthday, we had to change his bedding and PJs twice. And I won’t even get into what was going on in the diapers, oh my God. Let’s just say we’re going to be airing the place out for a while.

ANYHOO. We’ve managed to keep a kid alive for one year and three days now and that’s something. Before this, I had trouble keeping plants alive through the summer, so I’m glad things seem to be working out (night-long vomiting aside). Now the next thing to look forward to is Halloween, I guess, though truth be told, I’m not one of those moms who’s going to make the cutest costumes on the block and have family themed characters and hang that cobwebby stuff from Target around our front door and all that jazz. I doubt we’ll even carve a pumpkin, but you never know. I think I’ll be more of a “let’s tell ghost stories and eat marshmallow-covered popcorn and watch inappropriately scary movies” kind of mom. I’ll leave the crafts to the moms with better sense than I have.

What else? What do you wanna talk about this week? I’ve been leaving these Weekend Open Thread posts pretty open-ended lately. I hope that’s OK. But here’s a related topic, if you want one: do you dress up for Halloween? If so, do you know what you’re going to be this year? Do you have ideas for people who are still deciding? And what was your favorite costume as a kid?

Also, are you afraid of clowns? And what do you think of couples-themed costumes??

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    lemongrass October 12, 2012, 4:05 pm

    I love couples themed costumes. I’m not usually a theme-y type person but it’s fun! My husband was Napoleon Dynamite last year and I was Deb. It was awesome.

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    Kristen October 12, 2012, 4:06 pm

    My two favorite things about Halloween are:

    1) Carving pumpkins (I LOVE squishing my hands through all the stringy insides!)
    2) Reese’s cups

    We’re carving pumpkins with friends next Friday, but that’s about it as far as our Halloween plans go. I’m not actually into most of the other Halloween-related stuff. I’m the world’s biggest baby, so scary movies and haunted houses are out of the question. I don’t even like our neighbors’ creepy skeleton decorations! Instead, I think I’ll celebrate with some hot apple cider and a freshly carved pumpkin on our doorstep 🙂

    Oh! Let’s discuss our worst-ever costume ideas…
    One year, my husband and I decided to dress “punk” and I bought hair-dye-in-a-can to turn my hair black. It took two cans to get all of my thick hair covered, and it completely ruined my shirt in the process. After it dried, it basically turned my hair into straw, and it was a nightmare to get out. I stood under the shower forever, just watching black dye run down the walls. Never again!!

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      LK7889 October 12, 2012, 4:29 pm

      Carving pumpkins is soooo much fun! I normally cook something from the innards of the pumpkin as well. However, I have very little artistic ability and normally just do a pumpkin with triangle eyes and a smiley face. How do you like to carve your pumpkins?

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        Kristen October 12, 2012, 4:31 pm

        I like to carve something other than a face! Usually it’s something corny like my and my husband’s initials, or a heart, or something like that. I’m not artistic at all, so I just make it up as I go. The best part is really pulling out all the guts!

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        LK7889 October 12, 2012, 4:32 pm

        Yup, that is, indeed, the best part. 😀

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        jlyfsh October 12, 2012, 4:44 pm

        and then covering the seeds in old bay and baking them. SO good!

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  • MaterialsGirl

    MaterialsGirl October 12, 2012, 4:12 pm

    My grampa painted a picture of a clown and it hung in what we used as the guest bedroom when coming to their house. ITWASSOFREAKINGCREEPY. When he passed away, I salvaged this photo from the garbage. Now we all take turns giving it to each other as a white elephant gift.

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      LK7889 October 12, 2012, 4:23 pm

      Hahaha, my SO’s family has a creepy dollar store baby doll that we all take turns pranking each other with. Giving it as a white elephant gift would be a ton of fun.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl October 12, 2012, 4:52 pm

        my dad made tshirts one year for the reunion.. with the clown on them.

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        TaraMonster October 12, 2012, 5:08 pm

        I find this incredibly hilarious. Your family sounds awesome.

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    call-me-hobo October 12, 2012, 4:13 pm

    The best costume ever?

    I was five, and my mom made me a princess outfit about two weeks before Halloween. Pink, rick-rack, poof sleeves- the works. I LOVED that costume, and I simply had to wear it before Halloween (like every day when I got home from kindergarten).

    My dad was telling his coworkers about how I was so excited to go trick or treating. Well, one of the guys who worked for him was dating a pageant queen at the time. Apparently, he told his girlfriend about his boss’s spazzy little girl who couldn’t wait to be a princess.

    The day finally came, and I was dressed in my costume (and thermal underwear). My dad took me aside and told me that a very special friend wanted to make sure that I was a real-deal princess. He brought out a full-sized pageant rhinestone crown that was roughly half my height. The guy’s girlfriend let my dad borrow one of her crowns for my costume.

    I don’t remember what the crown looked like, but I remember that I was so excited that my mom had to remind me to ask for candy, because all I would do is ring the doorbell and yell, “LOOK AT MY CROWN!” and then sprint to the next house, holding atop my head with both hands.

    BEST COSTUME EVER.

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      rachel October 12, 2012, 4:51 pm

      That’s adorable.

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        call-me-hobo October 12, 2012, 6:54 pm

        I still can’t believe she let me borrow it. It was her crown from the freaking “Miss Georgia” competition.

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      • FireStar

        FireStar October 12, 2012, 7:00 pm

        It really is…

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    iwannatalktosampson October 12, 2012, 4:19 pm

    Ethan and I have a tradition of going out to his parent’s house in Nebraska Halloween weekend because he thinks adults celebrating Halloween is stupid. I kinda think he’s stupid but that’s fine. But it is creepy as hell out there. At night you can see a thousand stars and there is no one around for miles and occasionally you can hear animals howling in the fall.

    I think couples costumes are adorable.

    And this weekend neither the huskers or the bronco’s are playing – but no worries there are a thousand other awesome games on that I will just have to watch. Also I’m thinking about making some chili in the crockpot all day Saturday. Does anyone have a good white chicken chili recipe? I don’t like hamburger and I also don’t like tomato sauce so traditional chili is not going to happen up in here. Thoughts??

    Also I’m kind of in the mood to bake some banana bread so hopefully that goes down at some point. Also in case no one cares about my yoga thread I am going to reiterate the fact that I have done yoga 5 days in a row now. I’m about 8% done with my challenge already.

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    • MaterialsGirl

      MaterialsGirl October 12, 2012, 4:52 pm

      woho! yoga. i’m thinking about actually going to a bikram class (and sweating my weight in water and salts of course)

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        iwannatalktosampson October 12, 2012, 4:56 pm

        Such a good idea. I’ve never tried bikram. How is it different than corepower? I went yesterday after salty food and wine. It felt great, haha. I apologized to my instructor afterwards though because I didn’t want him to think I always suck at yoga. I just suck after wine and salt. But damn it I made it there. So booya. I did 3 sculpts in a row and then a corepower2 and today sculpt. I am a she-warrior.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl October 15, 2012, 9:54 am

        whaaaa.. thats a lot of sweating! How do you have that kinda time?

        three in a row on the same day??

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      chicotia October 13, 2012, 11:13 am

      My husband is from Nebraska too. I’m not a fan of Nebraska.

      I have a really good pork green chile recipe. There were still hatch green chile stands on Federal last weekend…not sure about this weekend.

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    LK7889 October 12, 2012, 4:27 pm

    I usually love Halloween but I can’t get into the mood yet this year. I normally throw a Halloween party every year and decorate, bake, go all out. I also have a Halloween village that I made from collector pieces from Department 56. It’s sort of like the Christmas village pieces that I’ve sure most of you have seen at one point or another. It’s super cute but last year one of my cats broke one of the buildings. Not sure where I’m going to put it this year so that it can both be seen and not be broken by my spazzed out cats.

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    flgirl711 October 12, 2012, 4:34 pm

    I dress my dog and cat up every year! This year they are going to be a skunk and squirrel! The costumes are so cute I entered them in the Southern Living magazine contest. Way too excited!

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      MaterialsGirl October 15, 2012, 9:55 am

      i get southern living.. which ones are you submitting? i’ll look for them

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    Jenny October 12, 2012, 4:41 pm

    My son is having his first Halloween this year. He’s going to be a shark. I’m taking him “trick or treating” (but really just taking him out to show off his costume, not going to actually ask for candy or anything). I may paint a shark bite or something on my arm, but I doubt it. I’m not very creative either. His costume was bought online. After he goes to bed, my husband and i will probably watch something scary and eat the candy we buy for the trick or treaters…who never come 🙂

    Clowns – not scary. Couples costumes – ok depending on the costumes. My favorite costume – I was a cowgirl when I was like, 2. I don’t remember it but I love the pictures. That’s one of the reasons why I spent a bit more money on a costume for my son than I wanted to…although he doesn’t care now, he may get a kick out of it in the future. And he looks cute as a shark 🙂

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    SarahKat October 12, 2012, 4:42 pm

    So fun story, two years ago for Halloween, my boyfriend and I decided to go to the West Hollywood Halloween parade because its AMAZING and we wanted to see all the unbelievably cool costumes in person. My boyfriend was dressed as Ash from Evil Dead (including a homemade chainsaw hand attachment from real chainsaw parts), and I was Princess Peach. So we get there, and everybody’s amazing and the place is crazy, but we slowly but surely realized that this parade is MILES long and once you’re in you’re neck deep in mob flesh there’s no turning around or you’ll get stampeded. The only way is to finish it miles away from your car (if you’re a dum dum like me who parks in the front) and then turn around on a less crowded street and WALK BACK.

    Listen….I’m not a long walker. I don’t believe in it. Spiritually. But also, ALSO, I’m wearing princess peach whore heels that came with the costume that are REAAALLY uncomfortable because Halloween shops hate women or something. So HALF WAY in, I’m already in agony. My boyfriend, who’s had to lift his chainsaw hand above his head the whole time because there are just. that. many. people. is also not feeling it anymore.

    Cut to the end of the parade, I’m hopping on one heel, shaking the other in my hand at my boyfriend’s face screaming “BREAK THE HEEL OFF GODDAMMIT, I CANNOT TAKE THIS ANYMORE I WANT DEATH”, as he’s trying to yank his now very swollen and useless hand out of the chainsaw and a random guy dressed up like Katy Perry keeps saying to me “Peach, I think you’re stepping in piss……yeah, that’s piss”.

    Now we just do scary movie nights and eat candy meant for children.

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    painted_lady October 12, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Best costume ever? Can of Spam. I painted a big box blue, made the label and the spam burger picture, cut a hole for my arms and my face, and wore black tights and a long-sleeved shirt with my red Chucks. It was my junior year of high school, so I wore it to a party and also modified it so I could hold my trombone when the band was allowed to dress up for the football game that Friday. I had perfect strangers snapping pictures with me.

    I’m hitting a Halloween party with my mom – we’re going as Disney Princesses, the later years. She’s still deciding which princess to be, but I’ve called Cinderella. Amy Winehouse-style beehive under the blue headband, ill-fitting skanky blue dress, and plastic stripper shoes instead of glass slippers. I only do slutty for comic ends.

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    • SarahKat

      SarahKat October 12, 2012, 5:47 pm

      OMG A FELLOW BONER!!

      Two years trombone in jr high muthaf*cka!! I love low brass bitches!

      uhhh, your costume sounds like the best thing ever btw.

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        painted_lady October 12, 2012, 6:43 pm

        Oh my god, I knew I loved you. Boner girls are my favorite!!!

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      L October 12, 2012, 7:09 pm

      Aaaahhh, a female trombone player!! This band director approves. 😀 I have two female baritone players right now and it rocks.

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        painted_lady October 12, 2012, 8:08 pm

        Love it! Are you a low brass player?

        Also, was that ND kid who shot himself anywhere near you? That freaked me the hell out when I saw it – immediately thought of you.

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    jlyfsh October 12, 2012, 4:50 pm

    i’m not a big halloween person and i’ve never really gotten in to dressing up. i was a witch more times than i can count as a kid. i like being an adult because i can use the, i have to be home to pass out candy to all the cute kids excuse.

    i prefer to celebrate with a crock pot of mulled wine and a big bowl of soup, watching non scary movies like casper. i do have a pretty decent obsession with socks and have about 7 pairs of halloween socks. so i usually wear a pair every day leading up to halloween 🙂

    i’m so happy it’s the weekend! i look like a normal person finally and despite the side effects of the steroids i’m so so happy to get to relax and maybe even leave the house this weekend. it’s very humbling to be reminded that some times our bodies are in control and there isn’t anything we can do about it.

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    rachel October 12, 2012, 4:59 pm

    I love Halloween! My Halloween is gonna suck this year, so I’ll probably just buy a big bag of candy “for the trick-or-treaters” and make myself feel better that way.

    My favorite costume when I was a kid was when I was Dorothy in kindergarten. My mom covered a pair of sneakers in red glitter so I had ruby slippers to go with the costume, and I carried my favorite stuffed dog in a basket as Toto.

    My favorite adult costume was a few years ago when I dressed up as Strawberry Shortcake. I put that costume together using a lot of thrift store clothes, and I think I looked awesome. I had a few people scratch and sniff me at the bar that year, haha.

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      rangerchic October 12, 2012, 5:06 pm

      Oh I loved Strawberry Shortcake as a kid! That would be a cool costume…but really weird people did the scratch and sniff…really weird!

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        rachel October 12, 2012, 5:11 pm

        Haha, it was all in good fun.

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      painted_lady October 12, 2012, 6:45 pm

      I was Dorothy one year, too! My Pound Puppy was Toto.

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      CatsMeow October 12, 2012, 7:30 pm

      Haha. I remember dressing up as Dorothy not for Halloween, but just for fun. I put a funnel on my little brother’s head and made him be the Tin Man, and then we completed the group by making a Cabbage Patch Kid be the Scarecrow, using the Care Bears lion (what’s his name? Braveheart or something?) as the Cowardly Lion, and my cat Muffin as Toto. The pic is adorable.

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    rangerchic October 12, 2012, 5:05 pm

    I love Halloween…my favorite holiday.

    My favorite costume as a kid was probably punk rocker – yeah this was in the 80’s! I had the short mini-skirt, barley there shirt, colored tights, super high heels and colored hair and I got to wear make-up! I was around 10-12 so I wasn’t wearing make-up everyday yet. And, of course, it happened to be super cold that year but I refused to wear a coat!

    One year we dressed my husband as half man/half women…he even shaved half of his goatee off and wore make-up and a half dress on the women side – and a high heel. It was an awesome homemade costume…by the end of the night he was asking me why us women wear high heels because his foot hurt so bad 🙂

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    Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 5:06 pm

    I love Halloween. It’s my second favorite holiday. Halloween used to be my all-time favorite but over the last several years Thanksgiving has moved in to the number 1 spot.

    I’m in a really bad mood right now so I’m going to take this time to bitch for ONE second. First off, I’m sick. I think I have a fever. And I have plans to travel to a resort this weekend for a mini vacation, a wedding, and to kiss my boyfriend’s face so hard until his neck snaps. (How many more dumb shit can I say before it’s intervention time?). If this bug derails those plans, I’m going to be el-pissed-o. Second, I hate candy corn, I want to get that off my chest. That shit is disgusting. It’s really upsetting to me that people put candy corn in candy bowls on their desks this time of the year – such a tease. “Oh hey, have some candy – just kidding it’s candy corn mwahahaha!” That’s not funny. There’s no place in the world for candy corn. Or white wine. Or fevers.

    Why is this happening to me? On a beautiful Friday? Why couldn’t I have been sick on Wednesday when I had all that work to do? Life is so unfair!!!!!!!!

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      Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 7:13 pm

      Alright, I’m in a less pissy mood now that I’m in home and in my PJ’s and in bed, feeling better already. Though, I still think candy corn is an affront to both candy and corn, two things I love.

      Ok, my mother would NEVER let me purchase my Halloween costumes – it had to be home made. And it had to be comfortable — because trick-or-treating is a high-impact sport — gotta run as fast as you can from house to house so you can get as much candy as possible. And it could be too girly because I was definitely more of a tomboy growing up. Here were my costumes when I was still a kid and actually trick-or-treated: pumpkin, baseball player, punk rocker, cereal killer (pinned cereal boxes to my clothes and made knife-handles that I glued to the front so it looked like i stabbed the boxes and had fake blood), pilsbury doughboy (great for running from house-to-house b/c it really is just white sweats (i was chubby, no need to stuff my sweats) and wore a white scarf and a chefs had that my mom made out of a poster board)…. and i can’t remember other costumes.

      In law school we had a Halloween party each year, and my good friend dressed up like a battery and i was a salt shaker – so together we were ASSAULT AND BATTERY. so clever! (it was her idea.) i was wonder woman one year too and that was HAWT!!! i got so much attention that night.

      I haven’t actually dressed up the last several years in a row b/c i flew out to take my nephews/niece trick-or-treating and didn’t have the time to plan anything. this will be my first year NOT flying here and there to take my nephews/niece trick or treating. i feel bad. my 5 year old niece was like “you’re coming, right?” no baby cakes. (heart, ache!)

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        Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 7:14 pm

        * Meant “it couldN’T be too girl”

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        Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 7:15 pm

        ** girlY (oh ffs)

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson October 12, 2012, 9:33 pm

        Yeah, law students are an awesome bunch. They’re like a condensed bunch of the biggest assholes you knew in college.

        Name that video!!!

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        Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 9:50 pm

        This sounds very familiar….. I give up!

        ps, I certainly can’t speak for all colleges, but my law school had the nicest students ever! Sure there was a selfish dick wad here and there and lots of over-achieving go-getters and a few well-meaning gunners, but they did not rule the school. We kept ’em locked in the basement of the library. I think I set the tone for my law school class when I started bringing wine and plastic cups to share into the library. Once I got locked out of the library because I didn’t have my id on my and the dean had to let me in, with 1 bottle of wine in my hand — awk.ward. But that’s how great my school was. I really wish I could go back to law school. Those were the best of times. Wendy should do a lawyers weekend open thread where lawyers can write mini novels about their experiences. Ha.

        Ok, now where is that quote from?

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        iwannatalktosampson October 12, 2012, 9:58 pm

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        Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 10:04 pm

        oh god yes i’ve seen that – hilarious. “there are 3 guys who practice constitutional law – and they graduated from Harvard in 1970 – do you have a time machine so you can go back and graduate with those guys?” hahahahaha (i’m paraphrasing but still funny!)

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        iwannatalktosampson October 12, 2012, 10:14 pm

        I do not like my blackberry. I want to torture it until it begs me to kill it.

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      Megan_A_Mess October 14, 2012, 12:54 pm

      I hate candy corn too! That stuff is pure evil! I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels this way. 😉

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    Michelle.Lea October 12, 2012, 4:06 pm

    clowns do give me a bit of the wiggins, but i blame that on reading Steven King’s IT when i was about 9 or 10. i still cant go near storm grates either!

    i would so love to dress up and/or go out on halloween, but why does it have to be on a wednesday??

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      LK7889 October 12, 2012, 4:21 pm

      Glad to know that I’m not the only person that read IT that young. I remember reading it while I was the same age as the kids in the story and being excited by that.

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        Michelle.Lea October 12, 2012, 4:50 pm

        lol yep, my sister got me started on Stephen King when i was around 9. even though i suppose there was a lot of ‘adult’ stuff in them, it really didnt register until i reread them at 12 or 13 lol..

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      SarahKat October 12, 2012, 4:51 pm

      Want your boat, Georgie?

      Oh Jesus, I just scared myself.

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      • TaraMonster

        TaraMonster October 12, 2012, 5:05 pm

        STOP IT!!!!
        ::hides under desk::
        ::realizes under the desk is dark and shadowy::
        ::has panic attack::

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        SarahKat October 12, 2012, 5:21 pm

        Everything floats down here, TaraMonster.

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        TaraMonster October 12, 2012, 5:27 pm

        I don’t believe you, Clown-Masquerading-As-SarahKat!!!

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        SarahKat October 12, 2012, 5:38 pm

        Annnnnd I just gave myself nightmares tonight.

        Btw, have you read 11/22/63? Its really good and Stephen King put a lot of cool IT references in it.

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        Michelle.Lea October 12, 2012, 6:10 pm

        i did want to get that one! and i love the Dark Tower books.. and the Stand… and how all of his books connect together in some way….

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        TaraMonster October 12, 2012, 10:03 pm

        I have not. I’ve read Fire Starter, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Hearts in Atlantis, Dreamcatcher… I’m sure others. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Stephen King novel.

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      TaraMonster October 12, 2012, 4:46 pm

      OH MY GOD. That part of IT scarred my for LIFE! I’m not afraid of clowns- I’m afraid of reaching my arm into any semi-shadowy area no matter how clearly I can see. An earring under the couch makes me shudder and snatch my arm back really fast! Because I’m not neurotic or anything. No. Not at all.

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      JK October 12, 2012, 6:13 pm

      I stay far away from storm grates as well!!! At least I finally stopped blocking the shower drain (a few years ago haha). Damn Steven King!!!

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      CatsMeow October 12, 2012, 7:26 pm

      I was scared of clowns even before “IT.” I think it’s one of those innate fears. Ever since I was a baby they terrified me.

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  • SarahKat

    SarahKat October 12, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Oh I forgot about my favorite costume part! Hmmm, probably an old lady when I was eight. I had an old lady wig and dress and I padded the ass and chest with pillows to look bigger (OH THE IRONY). Or Cinderella. I wasn’t just like any Cinderella though. My dress was was a custom sparkly light blue cap sleeved dress I got when I was a flower girl for my Uncle and Aunt (divorced) and my mom even bought me pretty white gloves and a cut a black velvet ribbon for a choker. I was such a little hipster because every time I saw another Cinderella trick or treating I was like “Store bought, bitch. I can tell. Nice try though.”

    My favorite future costume that I will someday do is Lucy Ricardo entirely in gray scale, even my skin and face, like you’re actually seeing her in the show. My boyfriend has perfect Ricky hair, so he’s into the idea too. Ooo, and we really want to do my boyfriend as Adam West’s Batman and me as Burt Ward’s Robin, but we both stuck that one on the back burner until we get a few more crunches done in time for those tights.

    And clowns. yes. Of course. Scary. Of course. I would rather be trapped in an elevator with a grizzly bear than with a clown.

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      Samantha October 12, 2012, 5:30 pm

      I love the gray scale idea so much – that’s brilliant!

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    Anna October 12, 2012, 5:24 pm

    I had a great costume idea but I can’t do it now because it would cost too much. I was going to dress up as Vampire Bella from the upcoming Twilight movie. My contact store is selling cool red contacts that you can get in your prescription so you can still see. The problem is that I found out they cost $70/pair and I’m simply not paying that. So now I don’t know what I’ll do. One of my friends said she’s having a party and planning to invite me and I usually dress up for work if I work directly on Halloween. It’s just fun. The next best thing is definitely candy, especially the little candy bars. I could eat those all day.

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    brendapie October 12, 2012, 5:26 pm

    I kind of want to dress up as a ballerina or be a 1950s prom queen, just something really girly and fun. Plus I’ll stand out in the sea of girls dressing up as Victoria’s Secrets Angels.

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  • the_optimist

    the_optimist October 12, 2012, 4:27 pm

    WTF is marshmallow-covered popcorn and why am I not friends with it yet? Must. Try. Now.

    I’m going to be an elephant for Halloween because I found a kids’ costume at Michael’s that cost 3 bucks and I have a weird obsession with elephants (and I’m short). I also have a weird obsession with not spending more than $5 on a costume. That’s served me well the past couple of years.

    I think my favorite costume as a kid was “princess.” My mom usually worked nights so my dad took care of me, and that meant taking care of my costume. Poor guy. He grabbed one of the puffy, crazy cupcake-looking dresses of mine that, like, all Indian little girls inexplicably have, threw it on me, gave me a Pebbles Flintstone hairdo and–this is my favorite part– used my mom’s lipstick on my cheeks because he thought that’s what blush was. Somehow there are no pictures, but I rocked the f*ck out of the costume because, well, I was four and I was a bleeping princess..

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow October 12, 2012, 7:27 pm

      I also found some pumpkin spice caramel corn at the Target. It was amazing. I mixed it with candy corn flavored m&ms…. yummmmmm.

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        the_optimist October 13, 2012, 11:54 pm

        How have I been left out of this fancy corn business? I’m making a Target trip tomorrow.

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    Katie October 12, 2012, 5:44 pm

    MY MUG IS HERE IM SO HAPPY

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    Samantha October 12, 2012, 5:29 pm

    I love dressing up for Halloween! Last year, I was Eric Cartman’s superhero alter-ego The Coon from South Park, and the year before I was a Freudian slip! This year, I’m doing a couple’s costume with my boyfriend, which is probably super dorky, but we’re going as Buckaroo Bonzai and Penny Priddy from the 80s movie, and I’m excited to wear my pink fringe dress and blonde wig.
    This weekend, I’m carving pumpkins, which is particularly exciting since I finally have a stoop on which I can display them.
    I used to hate Halloween when I was a kid – I was too easily scared, but as an adult, I think it’s become one of my favorite holidays. Pumpkin-flavored everything, dressing like a fool, and candy! Hooray!

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    AKchic_ October 12, 2012, 5:37 pm

    Damn right I dress up for Samhain! *laugh* At the office, we get the kids from our residential women with children program that come in to “trick or treat”, so I dress up. I usually wear my Renaissance costume (many of the kids recognize me that way since they go to the ren fair) and spice it up a bit as a midieval witch theme. This year, I have a lighter dress to wear (one layer, not three, and no heavy wool!) and all black, so the witch theme will be easier to handle for me.

    I have to decorate the house this weekend and select pumpkins for carving (so the kids’ souls are protected). Then on Monday I get to start decorating my office area.

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      AKchic_ October 12, 2012, 6:09 pm

      Oh, and I’m fine with clowns, and I am mixed on couples costumes.

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    L October 12, 2012, 7:16 pm

    Not Halloween related, but I get my first ever iPhone (and my first ever smartphone) TOMORROW!!!! 🙂 I’m always two steps behind on technology. Even though I love it, I’ve found I can save tons of money because I don’t need the latest gadget. Soooo excited!!!

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    CatsMeow October 12, 2012, 7:39 pm

    My costume last year was the BEST EVER. Seriously. I should have gone out and won contests but instead I went to a dumb party. I was Regan from the Exorcist and I seriously scared the crap out of everyone – even though the party was full of young kids that hadn’t ever seen The Exorcist (blasphemy!). My favorite line of the night was, “Your mother sucks cocks in hell!” http://imgur.com/a/Gwv1f Have a looksie IF YOU DARE….

    This year I’m going to be Ziggy Stardust. I don’t have DEFINITE plans yet, but I know I’ll be in Chicago that weekend for the Supernatural convention (meetup, anyone??) and I’m going to have fun fun FUN. Halloween is my FAV FAV FAVORITE.

    Childhood costumes… hmm… the one that stands out the most was when I was a black cat. That year it was really warm. I came home from school and played in a giant leaf pile and then went trick-or-treating with all my neighborhood friends. We had a GREAT neighborhood for trick-or-treating. Every year one house had a guy posing as a “dummy” (they would have an actual dummy out for decoration the month preceding Halloween) and he’d jump out at us and even though we knew it was coming we’d pee our pants, and an old guy who always gave out nickels and dimes which we thought was cool for some reason, and actual Bateses with a Bates Motel neon sign in their window.

    One year as a child I dressed up like a freaking geisha and told everyone I was a “Chinese Lady.” God, why didn’t my parents stop me? I also remember my brother going blackface for Urkel. Wow.

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      Wendy October 12, 2012, 8:02 pm

      OMG! How did you do your hair and makeup and everything? It’s amazing.

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        CatsMeow October 12, 2012, 8:23 pm

        Well, the hair is a wig, and yes, I did my own makeup. I love doing makeup. I just educated myself with YouTube tutorials. The “wounds” were toilet paper covered with eyelash adhesive (I thought it worked better than liquid latex) ripped open and filled with fake blood, and I made nasty teeth with waterproof mascara + eyebrow pencil. The rest was just Halloween makeup with eyeshadow for shading and of course, my scary contacts. The pea soup vomit was just flour, water, and green makeup. It all stayed on – even the rotten teeth – even though I drank a lot.

        See? I can’t top it. But I have high hopes for Ziggy Stardust. 🙂

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        Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 8:34 pm

        that’s really impressive, cats.

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        CatsMeow October 12, 2012, 8:38 pm

        Right? Halloween’s my shit.

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        Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 9:44 pm

        Pick a day while you’re in Chicago to do a DW meetup – and I’ll get it going!!

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        iwannatalktosampson October 12, 2012, 9:49 pm

        We resurrected the drunk chat just for you my friend, just for you. You’re always in my heart and on my mind. In the most creepy way you can imagine.

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        Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 9:53 pm

        helloooo, it’s not creepy when it’s attention to AP!! (new rule)

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        Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 9:54 pm

        ps, ok, i’m coming to your drunk forum but i’m not drunk. i have taken a shot of nyquil though. that is some powerful shit.

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    Moneypenny October 12, 2012, 8:23 pm

    My favorite costume growing up was when I was in the 4th grade, and I was Kirsten of the American Dolls collection. At that time they actually sold dress patterns (for both the dolls and girls) and my mom made me a 1850’s dress with petticoat and pantaloons. I found high-top leather boots, and put my hair in braided loops (and I’m blonde so it worked perfectly). My mom also made my doll a matching outfit.
    It’s super corny to think about now, but at the time, it was awesome. I think she still has it, actually.

    Nowadays if I can’t think of something I wear my Bavarian dirndl I bought in Munich during Oktoberfest a few years ago. It’s pretty awesome.
    Uh oh, so I just realized while typing this that I also wear a petticoat -and- braided hair with that outfit as well… I think I need to branch out now for costume ideas…

    Ok, and I have to vent off topic- I ordered my DW mug right after they came out, and it HASN’T ARRIVED YET. It was supposed to arrive today according to UPS but it wasn’t! And I’m going to Chicago next week, DW mug-less, and won’t get it till I come back the following week. Boo. This annoys me so much.

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    Addie Pray October 12, 2012, 9:57 pm

    Jackson’s little face and button nose are to die for! I can’t believe Wendy gets to kiss his little face every day. It’s so cute I want to spread it on toast! (I’ve been saying that a lot lately – I’m not sure why I say it and where it came from.) Isn’t it weird to think that that little face is going to grow into a man’s face with a beard and wrinkles and shit? Weird. There, that’s my deep thought for the night.

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    JK October 12, 2012, 10:45 pm

    I so wish I could celebrate Halloween, I love dressing up, and my girls do too, so I would have a blast. I have however been to several costume parties. The most memorable costume I remember was for a “T party”, so we had to wear costumes that began with the letter T, I was a trillionaire, I had a long dark blue evening gown, and a purse with money bulging out, and a fancy hairdo with money tucked in it. I think I was like 14, maybe?

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    GatorGirl October 13, 2012, 1:02 am

    I love Halloween like a lot. I love harvest things like pumpkins and soup and Ocktoberfest beers even more. We were condiments one year, huge hit.

    Can I just say wtf the weather?? I’m in the NE for the week and holy winter. Did y’all even have fall?? 40’s are not acceptable in my book.

    Also clowns are weird and I avoid them at all costs.

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    Sunshine Brite October 13, 2012, 7:58 am

    I still think my fav costume was Jasmine when I was like 7ish… but I watched Aladdin most every day so I was biased. Being a bat was cool too, but mainly just trick or treating for 2 blocks because I was covered in calamine from chicken pox. I remember being a witch the year of the blizzard and picked up about 20lbs of ice or so before my dad picked me up and discovered why I was walking so slow. He’s said he felt pretty bad for yelling to either hurry up or be done trick or treating while I was weighed down by something that was probably 1/3 of my size.

    My parents get super into Halloween. Huge front yard/porch display. Have hundreds of kids come in a town that only has hundreds of kids.

    At work I think the theme is presidents. I have no desire to dress up at work but apparently this is the big holiday for my clients so I’ll suck it up and figure something out.

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      Addie Pray October 13, 2012, 8:11 am

      Does it have to be US presidents? I’d go as Sarkzoy and, like, bring a blow up doll with you. Haha.

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        Sunshine Brite October 13, 2012, 8:37 am

        Haha, I don’t think my supervisors would approve working with vulnerable adults and whatnot

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    Katie October 13, 2012, 8:47 am

    So I wasn’t allowed to celebrate Halloween as a kid. Once I was invited to a party and I was allowed to go in my “Asian” outfit my grandpa had gotten me from Hong Kong- BUT I got to wear makeup which was so epic. My dad was sooooo mad about it. Then, another time, in Minnesota, me and my sister and mom were at a friends house and it just happened to be Halloween. No planning there, we were planning on leaving before dinner. The family was like stay and the kids can trick or treat together! And we politely declined, we don’t have costumes. And this awesome, epic family was like, oh no worries- we have a whole costume TRUNK!!! I just added butterfly wings and became a butterfly, and I actually went trick or treating. It was so cool. We had to hide the candy under my moms bed so my dad wouldn’t find it. So if you wanted a piece it was like a 007 secret mission. He never found out as far as I know.

    After my parents divorced, I only dressed up once, I think. It was pretty awesome- I found a pretty dress at a thrift store and went as miss America. I made a sash out of ribbon and had a crown and everything. It was great.

    Overall, I hate Halloween because of the scary movies that come out. I don’t do scary movies, and they are getting to the point where the previews are freaking me out at night when jake is already sleeping. BUT my birthday is in October so it is a good and terrible month. My plans for Halloween are to *maybe* get trick or treaters, I have never had any come to my door since high school, and then to have a meet up with CatsMeow.

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      Something More October 15, 2012, 10:06 am

      That’s awesome about the butterfly costume. I have always saved my girls’ costumes for dress-up later so we actually had the same thing to happen with a friend of my daughters. She didn’t have a costume when we invited her to come trick-or-treating with us, so we threw together some stuff from the dress-up box and she went as a wizard. She looked pretty awesome.

      I’m not a fan of scary movies, either. If I read about the movie right before I watch it (usually Wikipedia) so I know the plot and what’s going down, I can sometimes get through it. Sometimes 🙂

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    karenwalker October 13, 2012, 9:39 am

    i’m dressing up as a flapper girl, which, according to the frisky, is the right costume for my sign (virgo)…i may make it a zombie/vampire/dead/something like that flapper girl

    i also get to dress up for work…i’m a nurse in a children’s hospital and i’m pretty excited to be working on halloween…anyone have any suggestions for an easy & cheap costume that kids will love?

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      JK October 13, 2012, 12:41 pm

      hmm I would guess princess or fairy. But then I have 2 girls, so I can´t really know what boys would enjoy!

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        JK October 13, 2012, 12:43 pm

        You can make cheap and surprisingly hardy tutus and skirts out of crepe paper.

        Another good costume could be butterfly, just dress all in black (top and leggings) with some of those wings, they´re really cheap (but I guess they might get in the way at work).

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        karenwalker October 13, 2012, 6:05 pm

        good ideas! thanks so much 😀 the butterfly one gave me an idea for the other people working – some could be a ladybug or a bee or other fun insects

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        Daisy October 14, 2012, 4:36 am

        I was a bee a few years ago and it was really easy and cute! I just wore a black shirt, black skirt and black tights and then I put strips of yellow duct tape across the shirt (warning — it did kind of ruin the shirt since the stickiness never quit came off!) All I had to buy was wings and a headband with antennas — should be found easily at any costume store.

        On a sidenote, I spent a lot of time in the hospital as a kid and it was always really fun and special when the nurses would get into the holidays and celebrate with us. I don’t think I was ever hospitalized over Halloween but I was there for a few Thanksgivings and Christmases, and while I obviously would’ve preferred to be home, the hospital staff made everything really festive and memorable. So keep up the good work — I’m sure it means more than you know to the kids!

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        painted_lady October 14, 2012, 11:38 am

        Angels and devils are also similarly easy – white or gold clothes for the angel (I found a gold satin nightgown that was surprisingly pretty and not skanky at all) and black ones for the devil. The halo and wings and tail, horns and pitchfork were also easy to find. A friend of mine and I went as a shoulder angel and devil with our guy friend who couldn’t find a costume one year.

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    painted_lady October 14, 2012, 11:51 am

    Oh, also, I’m kind of “meh” on couple costumes unless they’re really funny, but group costumes are awesome. One year my mom and her friends went as the Popeye characters (my mom was the baby), and then the next year Austin Powers 2 came out, and they went as Austin, Dr. Evil, Felicity Shagwell and Frau Whatshername (that was my mom).

    And clowns don’t scare me at all, but I find them creepy because they spend entirely too much time at children’s events. That’s probably weird. I just found out two of my high schoolers are assistants to a local professional clown and dress as clowns to accompany him, and I find it sort of cute that these goofy guys do that, so maybe I’m being unfair to other clowns. I had to dress up as a clown for a kid’s birthday party once, and it was really awkward because all the kids were terrified of me.

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      katie October 14, 2012, 12:11 pm

      aw in college me and my friends went as the rugrats. its was pretty epic!!

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        painted_lady October 14, 2012, 3:21 pm

        Oh, cute!

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    Megan_A_Mess October 14, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I love Halloween, it’s my favorite holiday. I love skeletons, bats and anything having to do with apples. (That’s more of a fall thing, than a Halloween thing, though.) I’m also obsessed with pretty much all animated Tim Burton movies. The Nightmare Before Christmas is my most favorite movie of all time. I also love Corpse Bride, and am looking forward to seeing Frankenweenie next weekend. And even though it’s not Tim Burton, I also loved Paranorman.

    My best costume? Probably a tie between my kindergarten and first grade. I had my mom make me a Carebear costume when I was in kindergarten, purple and pink, complete with the bear hood too. I had this Carebear with a snowglobe nose when I was younger, and it was modeled after that. It was hot as hell in there, but I also don’t remember being cold on that Halloween night in Michigan, for once. In first grade, I was a fire truck. No joke. I wore a red turtleneck and pants, a plastic fireman hat, and my grandpa drew a fire engine on a box, that was suspended around my neck and shoulders. Detailed on all four sides. (Complete with arm holes, of course. Gotta carry that candy somehow!) I was so creative when I was younger, and my mom and grandpa went right along with it! The only thing good I’ve thought of in the past three years was being Rosie The Riveter, and now it seems like EVERYONE is doing that. (I love anything to do with the 40’s or WWII, I eventually want to make an authentic WWII Army Nurse costume.)

    To answer the other two questions, clowns are creepy, and if there is Hell, I’m sure it’ll be filled with clowns chasing me on a treadmill that never stops. And couple costumes are cool, but only if they’re done right, IE: not “sexy” or too cheesy. One year, while I was in a LDR, my then BF was also obsessed with WWII, and we decided that after we were no longer long distance, we would go as a WWII Solider and Army Nurse. Also last year, the BF and I were going to go as Wednesday and Pugsley Addams, but it never panned out. It’s all about style and creativity, baby!

    I don’t really have anything planned for this year. I’m going to carve two Funkins (Hallow, foam pumpkins available at craft stores.) and carve a Jack and Sally (ala The Nightmare Before Christmas) so that I can have those every year. But I also plan on carving a real pumpkin as well, probably something in the “geeky/nerd” category. Last year, I did Boo from the Mario Brothers franchise. I was thinking of doing Luigi this year, or perhaps a Bullet Bill. I love love love Mario Brothers stuff, but I might also try to do something from Hellboy. And I think I’ll have Halloween off this year (as will the BF, he just had knee surgery) so besides going to physical therapy, I think we might do a movie marathon of Tim Burton/Hellboy and then maybe pass out some candy. We were invited to like, three parties, but they are all happening on the same day, so I don’t know if we’ll go. If we do, I’ll probably just get some glitter and wings, since I have this really cute pixie hair-cut now.

    Ok wow, that was ten times longer than it needed to be, but I just love Halloween!

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    d2 October 14, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Many years ago when I was in college, I saw a group of people dressed up as New York City. Yes, the city. Each was dressed as a prominent landmark. They pretty much stayed together in proper orientation, so they were recognizable as the city skyline. They just wandered through town occasionally stopping to pose – kind of a roving silent theatre group. I thought it was cool anyway. They finished the night at a bar I was at. I ended up making out with one of the Twin Towers.

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    Colloquielle October 14, 2012, 4:48 pm

    I am afraid of clowns like many people.

    Being a crafty person, Halloween is my favorite holiday because DISCOUNTS and EXCUSES TO WEAR COSTUMES IN PUBLIC. Due to finances, I won’t be able to make a new one this year… but if I diiiiiid, I would be a Batgirl (Cassandra Cain, if anyone wants to know). Sneaking around in a cape with batarangs and taking pictures with Batman, Robin, or other Batgirls, YEAAAAAAAAH.

    Paired costumes only tend to be fun for the couples dressing up, and only if they are BOTH the sort of person to enjoy it. Unless it’s really clever or something I like personally. Otherwise I’m neutral towards it. I wouldn’t ask my boyfriend to be part of a pair unless he suggested it. Or there was a costume contest with a huge prize and he agreed to suffer my competitive, rampant perfectionism.

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    Fabelle October 15, 2012, 8:26 am

    I loooove Halloween. And I also unashamedly love revealing costumes, even though it’s clichè. I just think it’s fun– I dressed as a Victoria’s Secret Angel one year, & it was just a bra, a skirt bottom, & ENORMOUS feathered wings. So that was probably my favorite costume.

    That was a few years ago though, & I can’t really top it (haha) so this year, I’ll probably do something low-key. I don’t know what I’ll be doing yet, but I think I might dress up as Amy Heidemann (from Karmin) because I can do up my hair & wear lipstick & kinda look like her.

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    Something More October 15, 2012, 10:00 am

    A little late to the party here. I’m torn on my fav costume as a kid. My mom dressed me as Smurfette once. I had a wig made from yellow yarn with a white beanie, a white dress (over blue sweats/sweater – Western NY – it was cold!) and painted my face and hands blue. My other fav was a punk rocker. I think I went as that for 3 years straight. Teased the hell out of my hair, whore-ish make-up, one of my mom’s crazy-patterend shirts and sliver scalloped belts and tights. LOVED it!

    As far as couples costumes, I’ve done it a few times. I dated a guy once who had his leg in a cast from a recent ankle surgery. I hit up the thrift store for a drab green dress and borrowed a sledgehammer from his BIL. We sat outside our apt on a bench with a typewriter that had a piece of paper that said “Misery” on it. It was way creepy/awesome. With my current boyfriend, we’ve gone as salt and pepper shakers (last minute). I got drunk and sang, “Salt N Pepa’s here! Salt, Salt, Salt N Pepa’s here!” Last year I made us both hippie costumes. Good times. This year we are taking the easy route: I am going to cut a beard from felt and he will be Evil Abed. I am putting a blue streak in my hair for Darkest Timeline Britta.

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