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Gehanna
09-25-2010, 06:12 PM
My husband and I recently found a knight costume in a second-hand shop. For Halloween, he suggested that I dress as his porter and bang some coconut shells together behind him while we "ride" through various neighborhoods.

I laughed at the idea and would do it if not for being such a stiff, the risk of my son disowning me, and/or taken in by local authorities for a psychological eval.

What are your plans, if any, for Halloween?

Gehanna

brainstorm77
09-25-2010, 06:20 PM
None this year, but I love the whole harvest season. It's a wonderful time of year :)

Gehanna
09-25-2010, 06:50 PM
I agree. :-)

Maryn
09-25-2010, 07:19 PM
This is the first year in the last 20 that I'm not making a Halloween costume for either of our kids.

What's cool is that I've made so many since they reached adult size that they're able to put together pieces of previous costumes to create new ones. I've never made a pirate costume, for instance, but The Kid thinks that's what she'll do.

On a sad note, though, once again I have no takers on the magnificent lobster costume I made several years ago.

Maryn, sighing

Button
09-25-2010, 10:56 PM
The Cajun used to work for a Haunted House. He did a few different characters, but his main was the Scream killer.

Two confirmed urinations on his watch. ;) Scared 'em so bad they peed their pants.

I keep thinking he'd make an excellent Joker, because he has the grin, but everyone does that one.

For myself... it's been years. :) I don't think I'll dress up this year, unless there's a change in plans at some point.

Gehanna
09-26-2010, 12:11 AM
I have already set a pumpkin out and it looks like there will be a medieval lean this year. Two things I wish would happen:
The return of celebrating Halloween as when I was a child. This is minus the psychopathic morons with razor blades and other assorted evil schemes.
The loss of sleazy costumes for women. If I wanted to be sleazy, I would save myself the expense of the costume by sticking a pair of panties on my head and yelling, "Look at me!"
Gehanna

auntybug
09-26-2010, 12:15 AM
Curse you. Of course this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xd_zkMEgkI) came to mind :roll:

Gehanna
09-26-2010, 12:20 AM
LOL!! I love Monty Python. It is one of the few things that keeps me from being a complete stiff.

robeiae
09-26-2010, 12:20 AM
We're having our annual Halloween party. It's a helluva thing. Seriously. My wife goes all out. This year, we're building a haunted house in the back yard, will have a vampire on stilts, and a fortune teller. Plus refreshments.

Anyone nearby is welcome to attend.

My costume this year will be....

Malcolm Reynolds!

I have the jacket, shirt, and pants. Just need the boots and suspenders.

Gehanna
09-26-2010, 12:27 AM
Malcolm Reynolds. Character from Firefly? I had thought to begin watching that on Hulu.

I am glad to know you will be celebrating Halloween in a big way, robeiae.

Chris P
09-26-2010, 12:29 AM
A friend and I are going to a wedding the day before. We're going to dress like a lady and a gentleman and have all of them fooled. (no, not crossdressing, although the bride would find it hilarious)

defcon6000
09-26-2010, 12:31 AM
It's the first time in 4 years that I'm back home to enjoy the holiday... Unfortunately I'm getting my wisdom teeth taken out the Oct. 28th so I won't be partaking in any of the goodies. :(

Gehanna
09-26-2010, 12:42 AM
To defcon6000,

I am assuming that also means you will be with family. Perhaps you can kick back with them and watch some Halloween movies. I hope you don't feel too miserable.

Gehanna

Susie
09-26-2010, 12:47 AM
lol Gehanna. I think I'll just hide under the bed and hope no one rings the bell :D

Jessianodel
09-26-2010, 12:52 AM
I'm so envious of my dad- he always tells us stories of how when he was a kid he would only get king size bars. Last Halloween we drove around for hours until finding a semi-promising looking street. Even then...

And whoever made "Fun Size" Candy has obviously never been a kid. THERE IS NOTHING FUN ABOUT THEM.

robeiae
09-26-2010, 12:58 AM
Yeah, but your dad probably got a total of ten or twenty candies. These days, kids come home with hundreds.

rhymegirl
09-26-2010, 01:41 AM
We're having our annual Halloween party. It's a helluva thing. Seriously. My wife goes all out. This year, we're building a haunted house in the back yard, will have a vampire on stilts, and a fortune teller. Plus refreshments.

Anyone nearby is welcome to attend.

Ooh, I wanna come to your party!

robeiae
09-26-2010, 01:44 AM
You can, if you put your tongue back in your mouth.

Rowan
09-26-2010, 01:47 AM
We're having our annual Halloween party. It's a helluva thing. Seriously. My wife goes all out. This year, we're building a haunted house in the back yard, will have a vampire on stilts, and a fortune teller. Plus refreshments.

Anyone nearby is welcome to attend.

My costume this year will be....

Malcolm Reynolds!

I have the jacket, shirt, and pants. Just need the boots and suspenders.

I wanna come to your party too! But I don't think I'm nearby... :(

brainstorm77
09-26-2010, 01:50 AM
I loved trick or treating as a kid. The weather tonight reminds me of it. The crispness in the air, and the faint smell of woodsmoke. *sigh* Those were the days :)

Button
09-26-2010, 04:04 AM
We're having our annual Halloween party. It's a helluva thing. Seriously. My wife goes all out. This year, we're building a haunted house in the back yard, will have a vampire on stilts, and a fortune teller. Plus refreshments.

Anyone nearby is welcome to attend.

My costume this year will be....

Malcolm Reynolds!

I have the jacket, shirt, and pants. Just need the boots and suspenders.

Will you take photos?

rhymegirl
09-26-2010, 04:20 AM
You can, if you put your tongue back in your mouth.

But that's part of my costume!

Kitty Pryde
09-26-2010, 04:39 AM
My partner is angling for an invite to go trick-or-treating with our friends' first grader. We have an assortment of cool lucha libre masks from Mexico (mexican wrestler) so she is going to pick one and I said I would make her a coordinating satin cape and pick up some matching tights and such. (She's gone as a different luchador before, but she wants to use a different mask this year...) Our little friend was a rainbow unicorn last year, but this year I have a strong suspicion she will be Tiana from Princess & The Frog. Her dad worked on the movie and brought in pictures of her as models for Little Tiana, and she looks just like her :D

I dunno what to wear--I liked this costume I saw in the Scott Pilgrim comic--just a plain black domino mask, white shirt, skinny black tie and black jacket. I don't know what that is a costume of, exactly, it's just generically costumey.

Cliff Face
09-26-2010, 04:39 AM
Unfortunately we don't celebrate Halloween in Australia particularly at all. Lately there've been a few kids in costumes knocking on doors (ie. the last 2 or 3 years) but it's a very small number.

And they probably don't have as much fun as American kids, considering most people here don't stock candy for Halloween hand-outs. So the kids get very little after a long time of walking the streets.

I've been to a couple of Halloween parties (one of which I threw, and the other I insisted was thrown) but I can only remember one costume, and I'm not saying what it was. ;)

Though that reminds me! There's a guy who hangs out at my local shopping centre who always wears a Superman costume. Maybe for Halloween he'd dress up like a normal person?

CatSlave
09-26-2010, 04:55 AM
Best Hallowe'en costume EVER. (http://www.wtfcostumes.com/giving_birth_costume.php)

backslashbaby
09-26-2010, 05:00 AM
I love Halloween season! It's kind of become a mini-Carnivale season around here for the adults. I'm going to be a mime-Harlequin kind of thing because we got rained out of most events last year.

Our downtowns also always have festive stuff going on. That's where the kids and adults all can have fun. I always dress up my little dog and have a blast seeing the kids so excited about that :D We roam amongst the pubs and the kids never even seem to notice that half the adults they see are having their own kind of silliness.

Anyway, the dog this year will be a little painter. With a beret and oil paint tubes and his brushes and a mustache :D

I told my dad I was going to have BB King (the dog) be a painter this year. He thought I meant teach the little guy to paint. He knows I'm damned well bonkers, I guess! :ROFL:

Kitty Pryde
09-26-2010, 05:00 AM
I dunno, this one is my favorite (http://www.wtfcostumes.com/baby_lobster_costume_2.php) :D

Gehanna
09-26-2010, 05:44 AM
Last night's full moon reminded me of Groucho Marx. A couple of clouds in my line of sight gave the moon a pair of thick eyebrows and a mustache. It was very amusing to look at.

Gehanna

Gretad08
09-26-2010, 07:07 AM
I dunno, this one is my favorite (http://www.wtfcostumes.com/baby_lobster_costume_2.php) :D


I should do that with my 10 month old and my 2 year old can be the chef :), although my original plan had the baby dressed as Frankenstein and the 2 yr old as the Bride of Frankenstein. There are some pretty cute Frankenstein baby costumes, but I don't know if he's keep the hat/head on.

Gretad08
09-26-2010, 07:10 AM
Rob, that sounds like the coolest Halloween party ever. A fortune teller?! Stilts?!! Very cool.

Maryn
09-26-2010, 06:01 PM
I should do that with my 10 month old and my 2 year old can be the chef :), although my original plan had the baby dressed as Frankenstein and the 2 yr old as the Bride of Frankenstein. There are some pretty cute Frankenstein baby costumes, but I don't know if he's keep the hat/head on.The lobster costume I mentioned upthread, that's what the boys did. Our son, quite tall, was the lobster. His friend, fairly short, had a chef costume complete with toque, and carried nutcracker and pick used to eat lobster. They got a lot of laughs.

Maryn, waxing nostalgic

emilycross
09-26-2010, 09:00 PM
I can't wait for Halloween!! Although it's sad that its gotten so commercial (almost like Christmas now) in recent years! But it's always great craic here, and its nice to have a pumpkin instead of a turnip for jack-o-lantern lol!!

backslashbaby
09-26-2010, 09:35 PM
I can't wait for Halloween!! Although it's sad that its gotten so commercial (almost like Christmas now) in recent years! But it's always great craic here, and its nice to have a pumpkin instead of a turnip for jack-o-lantern lol!!

LOL! I'd love to see the turnips once, myself :D In some place in Mexico, they have La Noche de los Rabanos later in the year. That would be 'Night of the Radishes' :ROFL:

emilycross
09-26-2010, 09:41 PM
Well before Irish Imigrants went to the US during the Famine and found out about pumpkins, Turnips were commonly used. Pumpkins and bought costumes only came into Ireland during mid-late 90s. When we were kids I remember my dad struggling to carve out turnip for a lantern and we had to use bin liners for costumes and cornflakes boxes for masks! Half the fun was making your costume, then running round like a mad pagan around the big bon fire! :)

backslashbaby
09-26-2010, 09:54 PM
Well before Irish Imigrants went to the US during the Famine and found out about pumpkins, Turnips were commonly used. Pumpkins and bought costumes only came into Ireland during mid-late 90s. When we were kids I remember my dad struggling to carve out turnip for a lantern and we had to use bin liners for costumes and cornflakes boxes for masks! Half the fun was making your costume, then running round like a mad pagan around the big bon fire! :)

I love it!

Did y'all Trick or Treat as kids? Do kids do that now in Ireland?

Ours is going more and more to an organized, safe Trick or Treating, put on by parents at schools or malls and stuff. It's just getting so unsafe to go roaming up to strangers' houses and eating what they give you! Or perceived to be unsafe.

emilycross
09-26-2010, 10:01 PM
Well we do trick or treating too, but I remember when I was a kid that the older people would have you perform for money/treat which seems to tie into an older tradition. My Mam used to hold great parties too where we'd play apple snap, or dunk for money/apples in basin of water and have barnbrack (which contains a hidden ring or prizes) and of course lots of chocolate too :)