Happy Halloween!

As an adult, I haven’t been a huge fan of Halloween.  I always like to dress up, but am not very creative, and generally cannot think of anything awesome enough to warrant the work that goes into it!  So this year, my energy went into creating fun for Vivian.

So in the spirit of Halloween, I thought I would share Halloween costumes past, sprinkled in with some of my favorite Halloween memories and pictures.*

The best costumes I wore, but don’t remember wearing, was being a Care Bear and Rainbow Brite back when we lived in Albany.  I inherited my poor sewing skills from my mom, and she can therefore not be credited for making these awesome costumes.  I’m pretty sure she borrowed them from our neighbors at the time.

I remember what I was for Halloween every year in Elementary School (except 4th grade). In Kindergarten I was a princess, which transitioned easily to a Bride in First Grade.

Second Grade I was a Clown. Not sure how Happy I am to be one!

Third Grade: Punk Rocker.  Think about how awesome that is? My mom dressed up as a Punk Rocker too.  I distinctly remember that there was a fourth-grader in the classroom next to ours who dressed up as a bunch of purple grapes! She had purple balloons all over her body. It was so cool.

Fourth Grade: MYSTERY!! I can’t even begin to remember what I dressed up as! Man, this is really bothering me.

Fifth Grade: Evil Organ Player (it was like a vampire type costume we got at the store, but I didn’t actually want to be a vampire- I thought “evil organ player” sounded cooler. Man, I was a dork)

Sixth Grade: Gypsy. Ohio State and their stereotype campaign would have been so disappointed in me.

Eighth Grade: Mickey Mouse (I was in middle school then.  This was really just a way for my friends and I to have fun.  We were way too old for trick or treating. ).

Then at some point in High school, it began to be cool to dress up again.

Tenth Grade (1997): This appeared to be the time that it started to be cool again to dress up.  We had a German Exchange Student, Sandra, staying with us, and so we dressed up as fairies. We had wands and put fun make up on.

Eleventh Grade (1998): Yeah, pretty sure I recycled the Fairy/Angel.  My friend Erin and I put glitter on our faces, angel wings on our backs, a few boas, and walked around her neighborhood.

Freshman Year (2000): MAN, I don’t remember what I was, but I’m sure I probably re-used the angel wings. I do, however, remember dressing my boyfriend up as a Christmas present. We bought wrapping paper at the drugstore and I literally wrapped him from head to toe in paper.

Junior Year (2002): The year of the devil. Man, this Halloween deserves its own post!  My two roommates Bridget, Kristy, and I were dressing as devils.  Then somehow, I got duped into inviting this girl I knew from class into joining us.  Honestly, I don’t even remember her name, but that’s beside the point.  Our friend John lived with us at the time, and had his two friends over.  Our friend Sara was hosting a party at her apartment down the street, and was going to come to our house after work to get ready.  By that time, the ladies and I were sh*t canned. Totally gone.

And in walks Sara, completely in tears.  She had been mugged on the way from her car to our apartment. Wallet, purse, phone, all gone. That sobered us up really quickly.  John and his friends ran out of that apartment like bats out of hell looking for the guy.  The police were called, and took it very seriously. Thankfully she wasn’t physically hurt, but it caused quite a bit of trauma. It’s embarrassing to look back and admit that we all (including Sara) actually continued on to the Halloween party at her apartment (although, she didn’t have much of a choice, it being at her house and all…) (as an aside, the teenager who mugged her was caught after he kept making phone calls from her cell phone.  He also mugged another girl at knifepoint that same night.  He was found with a bunch of purses under his bed.  Stupid kid.)

Senior Year (2003): This year the party was at our apartment.  Sara had moved in after one of our roommates graduated.  I think the original plan was Sara and Bridget dressing up as Christina and Britney, but I think Sara ended up dressing as a fallen angel.  I dressed up as Marilyn Monroe.  This was the year my parents showed up (with my dad wearing his father’s air force uniform).  This was also the year Christy came dressed as a cloud and drank WAY too much! I know The Man was there (it was our first Halloween together), but it wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t dress up!

2004: Dave and Franka had a Halloween Party at their house! And the Man and I went as Al and Peg Bundy.  I spent WAY too much money putting that costume together. The Man was a good sport wearing his No Ma’am T-shirt.  J dressed as Kid for her first Halloween!

First year of Law School (2006).  Yes, they have Halloween parties at law school.  I was invited to a Halloween Toga party the same night, and dressed in that. That was the only time I actually assembled a costume with a needle and thread.  I would love to show you The Man’s toga, but I distinctly remember him not wanting me to put it online.  but let me assure you, it was AWESOME.

Second Year of Law School (2007): No dressing up, but I did get some cuddles with Minnie Mouse, a pumpkin, and a bumble bee!

Third year of Law School (2008).  I figured I should make the most of my student life, and went to the party in a Halloween festive outfit.  The Man improvised and was some guy from Tap-out? I’m still not sure what he was doing haha.  That was also the year my (married) friends Molly and Sam dressed as Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus, and kept making out. It was also the year my friend Andria dressed as Mrs. President Palin (she’s a dead ringer) and won scariest costume.

I also had two little furbabies to dress up! Given their breeds, I knew I would only be able to fit them in costumes this one time.  They were not pleased (but looked oh-so-cute!)

Vivi’s first Halloween (2012):  And this year the costumes are all about Miss Viv! As I mentioned, she was a cupcake for my work Halloween party.  Last night she slept in her Halloween pjs:

Today Vivi wore her Halloween outfit (complete with butt ruffles and socks with pom-poms).

And then tonight, Viv went trick or treating as a LION to Grandma and Great-Grandma’s House, and to MeMe and Grandpop’s house! We even saw her friend Isabella/Pooh who was visiting from NYC because of Hurricane Sandy.

*I will do my best to find pictures to accompany these stories and supplement accordingly.


This is my last post in NaBloPoMo October 2012! I almost made it, missing one or two days on weekends. But not too shabby!  And just because I’m a glutton for punishment, join me next month for NaBloPoMo November 2012!!

4 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

  1. I’m glad you’re doing NaBloPoMo again! And I was gonna nominate you for the award but Loki-Lou beat me to it! :-) So congratulations! Miss Viv was an adorable lion. It looks like you had a wonderful Halloween! Reading through your past costumes made me remember some of my own – some were ridiculous in that, “Are you really Dr. Princess Cinderella?” kind of way. Great post!

    • Thanks! I’m excited to keep seeing your daily posts too! Still trying to decide if I can swing BlogHer- need to have a discussion with the Man this weekend!

      Maybe some day I will get excited about dressing up for real – I feel like if I don’t have a FANTASTIC costume, it’s all for waste! The last year I dressed up (as a pumpkin), it was a Saturday, so I had the day to think of something. This year, I wore a black dress to work and figured that counted enough haha

  2. This is so cool to do a re-cap of all the Halloweens you took part in. As I look back at being a kid, most all my costumes involved lots of make up and jewelry. We just pulled stuff from what we could find around the house. Hobo was a usual outfit, scarecrow, and Gypsy.haha

    • I started out trying to think of my favorite Halloween memory, and my brainstorming turned into a brain dump! It’s fun to remember :)

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