I love Halloween. Everything about it. The fall is my favorite season. The cool, crisp air. Jeans. Sweatshirts. Falling leaves. And the c-a-n-d-y. Yum.
And don't forget the Halloween parties...the ones where everyone actually comes in costume. We have a neighbor friend who hosts such a party. It's full of fun games, food, laughs...and a best costume contest. The neighborhood talks about it year round!
Rick and Michelle put time and effort into their costumes each year. Some of their best were Jimmy Chitwood (from the movie Hoosiers), Michael Phelps (yes, a Speedo was involved), Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (our local sweetheart!), a contestant from The Biggest Loser, among other creative ideas!
|Michelle and Rick ready for the party!|
We take the opportunity to come up with fun couples costumes as well. Here are a few of ours (a huge thanks to Michelle and Rick for taking pictures every year):
This was our first year (2006) and our only store-bought costume year: SNL Spartan Cheerleaders. "Cha-cha-boochie, cha-cha-cha-boochie, Roll Call!"
The next year (2007), we went homemade. Remember the Dairy Queen commercials with the Waffle Bowl 'husband' and the Ice Cream 'wife'?
Here we are as the DQ couple! All homemade. We thought this was pretty hilarious. And earned us "Best Costume" that year.
In 2008, with the pressure of maintaining our "Best Costume" title, we couldn't decide what to dress up as. So we ended up throwing together a Buddy the Elf ensemble. Part of it was store bought, part was homemade. We left the house thinking it was a disaster...everyone else thought it rocked and once again voted us "Best Costume"!
|Here is a pic of Jovi and Buddy from the movie Elf.|
|Here is our fly-by-the-seat-of-our-tights version. Yep, that's a piece of green felt safety pinned around me as a skirt.|
Talk about pressure! In 2009, we had a plan! After lots of thought, we went with a throw-back costume, Beetlejuice and Miss Argentina (the receptionist in the underworld).
|(I can't find the original source, sorry)|
Sadly, this is the only decent pic we got of us that night. But we have the memory of maintaining the best costume vote for the third consecutive year. :)
|I just had to include this self-pic my husband took in the bathroom at the party. :)|
What will we be this year? We're taking suggestions! And if anyone wants tips on how we created our costumes, leave a comment below or send me an email!