Showing posts with label costumes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label costumes. Show all posts

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Reminiscing on Halloween Nights Past

Okay, okay, so I missed a day.  I told you I'm not a particularly seasoned (or good) blogger!  On the upside my house is super clean!  One thing I am good at (since we've already ruled out blogging and photography) is taking the easy way out.  That's why I'm going to post pictures of my Halloween costumes from my childhood.  What?  Chris did it!  When we (me and my sister) were kids, we never had store bought costumes.  My mom made nearly every Halloween costume we ever wore until we were too old to go Trick or Treating (wait, what age it that?).  My mother is very crafty and thinks outside the box.  Speaking of boxes, most of our costumes were made from cardboard boxes!  Some of the more notable pieces of work included a table top (my sisters head came through a hole in the center of a large box covered with a tablecloth, place settings and a roasted turkey hat), a cookie jar (complete with lid as a hat, my mom was also big on hats!)
and a giant red octopus with eyes cut out and covered with panty hose so I could see!  One thing I learned from this whole experience (aka my childhood) was that boxes make great costumes but are the worst for trick or treating!  We literally hit into everyone and everything in our way.  And forget holding out our pillowcases for candy.  My sisters hands couldn't even reach out from underneath the "table" so folks started putting candy in the cups that were glued to the table top!  Some of our costumes spawned from convenience.  I took tap and jazz dance classes as a child.  Some of the costumes for our dance recitals were down right weird.  This is how I came to go out trick or treating as a black cat and a dinosaur!

Ah, the good old days!  As I grew older I realized that most of Halloween for adults involves women dressing up as sexy nurses, sexy cats, sexy wookies, etc.  
And, sadly, I too partook in this tragic tradition.  But that is a story for another day, probably tomorrow!
So, what are your favorite costumes from childhood?  We already know stunt zombie really enjoyed his Super Man costume.  I think my favorite was the octopus (although I'm sorry to report that after combing through my stacks of photo albums I could not find a single shot of that awesomely red 8 legged sea creature!).  Would love to hear your thoughts on Halloween costumes.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it'!

That's right, folks. For a short time I was actually Superman. What's that, you don't believe me? Lucky for me, I have photographic evidence.

Ah, the Halloween of 1986. I was able to leap a sofa in a single bound. I was faster than an angry parent, more powerful than a hyperactive chihuahua. In my imagination, I was Superman. These were my favorite pajamas, and they were used as a Halloween costume two years in a row. I'm not sure if the general public knew they were pajamas, but if they did, they kept it to themselves. The cape that was included with the outfit attached to the back with a couple of velcro patches. It wasn't particularly impressive, and was a little short even for my pint sized proportions. It didn't flow in the wind like Superman's cape did in the movies, but it puffed out a little bit if I ran fast enough.

I also had a set of Batman pajamas that were just like these, but I never really wore them. I tend to think it's because Superman had three movies out by this point, while Batman's first theatrical release was still several years away. It didn't hurt that I also owned the Superman action figure from the Super Powers line. I distinctly remember running around in my Superman pajamas, holding my Superman figure, and humming the theme from the movies. You can't tell from the photos, but the outfit needed a couple of touch-ups before I was ready for the big show. Since I didn't own any red boots, my mom improvised by pulling a pair of red socks over my shoes and up to my calves. The socks were usually ruined and ragged by the end of the night, but they lasted long enough to do the job. We also had to safety pin the cape to the shirt. Otherwise, I would have lost it almost as soon as I got out of the car. For some reason, I remember wearing a pair of red underpants over the pajama bottoms. Maybe I wasn't finished getting dressed when the pictures were taken. That, or I have a subconscious need to make my memories even more embarrassing.

This photo is from the Halloween of 1987, and as you can see, the pajamas are getting a little worn by this point. The neck was getting stretched out, and the "S" emblem had faded. I'm pretty sure the velcro tabs that held the cape on had to be reattached a couple times by now. The lack of red underwear makes me think that my initial assumption was in fact, incorrect. The pants were starting to get a little short, and I couldn't pull the red socks as far up because my new shoes were too big. The Halloween before, the socks lasted the entire night before they fell to pieces. This time, they were stretched out so much that they fell apart after the first couple of houses. I pulled the tattered remains off my shoes, and finished the rest of the night looking like I was wearing a Superman track suit. It had become obvious that this was my last year going as Superman, and it upset me a little bit. It quickly passed though, as those feelings tend to do when you're a 6 year old.  I continued on my way, gathering a metric ton of candy by the end of the night.

Oh, and I was wrong. That wasn't the last time I got to go as Superman.

Trust me, you're lucky I didn't have any tights.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Club Halloween Party

Last night, my girlfriend Chelsea had her first annual Book Club Halloween party. The club itself, (Books, Booze, and Bitches), was started several months ago, and allowed all the ladies to get together and drink wine and discuss that month's book. I'm suspicious that there may have been more enjoying of wine than book discussion though. Anyhow, she loves to entertain, so this month's meeting turned into a Halloween get together.
The hostess with the mostest
As usual, there was a variety of snack foods, all too rich and delicious.

Black cat brownies. Those are York peppermint patties on top and inside the brownies. One of those, and my sweet tooth is gone for the rest of the month. Seriously, they have a richness that borders on ridiculous.

Here we have cupcakes with sprinkles, and minature brownie cupcakes dressed up like pumpkins. Ain't she crafty?

I apologize for the blurry photo, but I think I can blame it on the evil brew that lurks within the large glass container. By this time, I had tried a couple cups of the stuff, and was falling under it's awful spell. I think making a good punch is actually an art form. You want something delicious and easy to drink, but it also needs to have an air of danger as well. It shouldn't have so much alcohol in it to burn your throat with every glass, but there should be enough to let people know, "Hey, take it easy or you'll wake up with regrets in the morning". Also, it never hurts to have a large frozen brain floating in the middle of it.

Pizza snakes! If I had my way, this would be the only form of pizza I would eat. The one on top was an italian sausage snake, while the one on the bottom was regular cheese, and they were both delicious. The only problem is that they usually go way too fast, so you have to be quick to grab a piece or two before it disappears.

Mixed candy bowl! Okay, so Chelsea didn't actually make the candy, but damn that is a cauldron full of sweet death.  We have Candy Corn M&M's, Mellowcreme Pumpkins, and Brach's Candy Corn and Caramel Apple Candy Corn. There was still a lot of this left, so I guess that mean's I'll have to man up and start scarfing it down.

Of course there were decorations, though I only took pictures of what I considered the best.

I love these scary portraits, because nothing looks off about them unless you get up real close. They just look like some old timey family photos, then you walk to the left to grab some chips and, BAM! You're staring at the decaying corpse of creepy Uncle Albert.

Nothing like a cobweb and skull centerpiece to really bring a table together.

You can't really see much in the way of decorations in these two photos, but I think the lighting made our den look extra creepy.

Unfortunately for some, this was an invitation only event. We don't let just any ghouls in here. Go find your own party fellas.

This mummy has been hung up here for the past few Halloweens, and I still can't figure out if he's supposed to be scary, or scared. I'm shooting for the latter, personally.

Here's a group shot of some of the book club members. From left to right, there's Hunter Kari and Hunting "Accident" Kara, Witchy Chelsea, and Zombie Shannon.  Don't they look like a fun group?

It was a fun night, even if it is signalling the end of the Halloween season. Four more days and we'll be looking forward to turkeys and stuffing, Christmas trees, and even more turkey. Until next time, Trick or Treat!

NOOO! All the food is gone!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween pics? Sure, why not.

I'm not feeling so hot today, but I didn't feel right about not posting something. So here are a few pics from the past couple Halloweens.

Here's my beautiful girlfriend and I from our 2010 party. She went as Alice in Wonderland (Oh my!), and I was supposed to be The Mad Hatter. I think I look more like Hipster Joker.

This is Grey, and she was not happy about wearing that tie. As strange as it sounds, I could kind of picture her standing at the fax machine, having a sip of coffee, talking to her coworkers whilst wearing that tie. She's all business. As a cat. On her hind legs. I told you it sounded strange..

Man, it never fails. There's always someone that drinks too much, acts like a fool, and then vomits all over the food. It was pretty tasty though.

Here's my costume from last year, Occupy Zombie. You can't tell from this angle, but the front of my shirt says "Spread the wealth BRAINS" I also carried a sign around all night, but that ended up getting lost at some point. Don't blame me, the punch was some potent stuff.

Ah! So there was more photographic evidence of Occupy Zombie after all. Unfortunately red lighting and red blood don't work so well, but that sign says "Will trade stocks for BRAINS!". I know, not very original, but it got a few laughs that night, so..mission accomplished.

Well there you go, just a short post tonight, but hopefully I'll be able to scrape up some good stuff for all 7 of my readers this weekend.  Speaking of, I encourage anyone who reads this blog to leave me comments, feedback, insults, etc. If I suck, let me know, though I doubt I could suck any less. If you don't say anything, then you will only have yourselves to blame.
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