Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween (And Corresponding Costumes)

Halloween is potentially the second best holiday of the year. Especially back when kids could go trick-or-treating without being kidnapped/going to the local military base to have their candy scanned for razors.

But while the candy is grand, the costumes are what make the holiday worth celebrating. I've had some RAD* costumes, namely because I have a seamstress mother and a very hands-on father (who would have made me an AT-AT costume this year, had it been more party-functional). In first grade my mom made me a yellow Power Ranger costume, and my dad vacuum-formed a mask for it. Third grade I was Medusa--only time in my life I won two costume awards. (And yes, it took a long time for mom to clip all those snake barrettes into my hair. But not as long as it took her to sew each individual strand of yarn into my sheepdog costume the following year.)

Smash Brothers, anyone?
Last year, as you may remember, Husband and I dressed up as the Yip Yip Aliens from Sesame Street. The year before my dad made me an awesome cardboard head to go with my Mr. Game and Watch costume.

This year I have two costumes. My turning-zombie-dressed-as-a-work-competitor costume will certainly not go over well at my church's trunk-or-treat, so Husband and I brainstormed for an alternative for our kid-friendly events.

Me: I know! I'll dress in all green, and you'll dress in all brown--
Husband: And we'll go as a tree!
Me: ...I was thinking poo on a lawn, but tree is good!

So that's the backup costume. Drawing a heart with our initials in chalk on Jordan's shirt (carving in a trunk, har har), and I'm stapling leaves to my shirt and bobbi-pinning them into my hair. Then I ride on his shoulders and voila, we're a Ent.**

Pictures to follow, of course.

So, are you celebrating Halloween this year? (As you should?) What are you dressing up as? What was your most killer costume as a kid?

*Braggy McBrag brag.
**But in all actuality, we're just an awkward tree.


  1. I love Halloween. It is my second favorite holiday as well. This year James and I are going to be Thing 1 and Thing 2 and Krysta is going to be the cat in the hat.

    Growing up we didn't have a lot of money, but I remember one year I was a spider and my mom just used a black leotard I already owned(I used to ballet dance) and some black tights. She cut the legs of the tights off and stuffed them so they stuck out and then sewed them to my leotard. It was pretty cool. Another year I used my sisters old cheerleading outfit and dressed as a dead cheerleader. My mom actually made the pom poms for me. I think my best costume growing up was when I dressed up as Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus. My hair was sprayed red and pulled up and my make up was done so great. I looked just look her. Anyway, I'm excited to take Krysta trick-or-treating!! Happy Halloween!

  2. How cute! This will be Krysta's first year trick-or-treating, yes?

  3. I'm more about the candy then the costumes. It seems like every year I try to come up with something awesome to wear and I just look bad.

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  5. I liked the Medusa costume best. The dragon-like tail was hard to make.

  6. We're going as a family of Crayola crayons. Kal'El gets to be a stubby crayon that's been worn down, with only half a wrapper. And I have a lot more cutting of black felt to do, to finish those wrappers.

    When I was in high school, my friends and I turned my parents' garage into a haunted house, and treated the kids to a show as they came trick-or-treating, with candy at the end. Over the four years I did this, the crowds grew as people remembered we were there and talked it up to their friends. The only problem was that I spent so much of October planning the event that I often forgot to plan something cool for myself.

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  8. Shinsuke and I decided to go as Ken and Barbie from Toy Story 3. Specifically from the Hawaiian Vacation short that aired before the movie Cars 2. I bought some clothes from Plato's closest and then made a toy camera from cardboard. Tomorrow is our ward Halloween party so there will be pictures soon!

    I think my most memorable costume was when my sister and I went as mermaids. My mom sewed both our costumes. Then another year I went as a bumblebee and my sister went as a pumpkin. My dad teased her hair so it looked like like a stem and she cried because she didn't like that. I can't wait until I have kids to dress up! In the meantime I will practice making costumes for Shin and I.

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