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#MicroblogMonday 61: Halloween

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It’s Halloween this weekend.  I’m debating between going as a 90’s slacker and a random Ravenclaw student.  I have both costumes pulled together; I’m just trying to gauge the weather that night and which one will be better suited for the temperature.

I love taking the kids trick-or-treating.  They go in a huge pack, and the adults follow behind.  What I really mean is that I like seeing the kids getting candy, and then going home and gorging myself on that candy until bedtime.

Are you dressing up?  What will your costume be?  If you’re not dressing up this year, what was your best costume ever?


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1 Nabanita { 10.26.15 at 5:23 am }

I have never gone trick-or-treating..We don’t celebrate it in my part of the world,well, until recently..But I understand the joy of going together in a group for any festival or celebration..I have many stories around those πŸ™‚

2 Parul { 10.26.15 at 5:52 am }

Ha ha! Halloween is fun. We don’t celebrate in India but then now a lot of US organizations like mine (Target) have competitions to carve pumpkins, dress in black, pulling out scary masks and that is fun. This is good cos then we get to know the culture and the expats feel at home πŸ™‚

3 Charlotte { 10.26.15 at 7:32 am }

I love the idea of a 90’s slacker! Think it’s supposed to be pretty mild weather but not freezing cold like it has been on some past Hallowens here.

I don’t always dress up…sometimes it just takes more effort and I am so not creative in the way that I can come up with something so cool or awesome. That being said, several years back I was Sally from Nightmare before Christmas. While it was the basic costume and wig, I managed to do a pretty good job with the makeup. What made it super cool that year was that one house went all out and made this huge covered haunted walkway that had black lights and crazy neon spray all inside and my makeup actually glowed in the black light, so my costume ended up being way cooler than I expected.

4 Heather { 10.26.15 at 7:59 am }

I don’t think I’ll be dressing up this year. I’m really lame with costumes, so I don’t have a best costume. I was a drunk college girl one year… oh wait that wasn’t a costume LOL
However, I love going trick or treating with the girls. They are in 1st and 3rd grade so it’s a lot of fun with them. Lots of excitement and talk, watching them go up to the houses themselves. Love it all.

5 Middle Girl { 10.26.15 at 8:00 am }

I haven’t dressed for Halloween since I was a very young child. It was an exciting event when the kids were kids but as I mentioned, no dressing. As an adult I think the most “dressed” as I got for Halloween was a tee shirt that said something like, this is as dressed up as I get. or something like that.

6 Shailaja { 10.26.15 at 8:33 am }

Ravenclaw, definitely Ravenclaw πŸ™‚ We don’t dress up for Halloween here, but it’s fun to see all my friends abroad do it πŸ™‚

7 Daryl { 10.26.15 at 9:02 am }

I always had the best costumes as a kid (handmade by my mom) and even in college, but as an adult, I’ve been kind of lazy about Halloween. My husband and I dressed up together a few times when friends of ours used to throw a party every year, but the last one was several years ago. Now I have to worry about dressing my daughter in something, and the trend so far has been picking something up at the thrift store last-minute (sorry, Mom).

8 Paradoxical Sprite { 10.26.15 at 9:13 am }

If you want my vote, I’d say definitely Ravenclaw. Somehow, I’ve never gone trick or treating before unfortunately but if I did, I’d love to pull off a Hilary Duff (from A Cinderella Story) with the mask and all πŸ˜€

9 Justine { 10.26.15 at 10:32 am }

All of my work has gone into my son’s costume. He’s dressing up as an eyeball, wearing a huge Japanese lantern on his head. I’m a little bit concerned about visibility (his ability to see, that is, not to be seen), but he’s VERY happy about it. Last year I was Frida Kahlo for a post-Halloween party, and that worked out pretty well, so I’ll do that again if I need to. I rock a unibrow.

10 Isabelle { 10.26.15 at 10:48 am }

I don’t usually dress up for Halloween since I didn’t grow up in this country. Some people at work coordinate their outfit yearly. This year the theme is Disney. I thought about wearing Minnie Mouse’s ears… but I don’t think it will materialize. I was a mailman last year – dressed up for a coworker whose last day at our office was on Halloween day. I have got to say that I looked a lot like a mailman. πŸ™‚

11 Sharon { 10.26.15 at 1:44 pm }

I dislike dressing up for Halloween due to my complete lack of creativity. (I’m also loathe to spend money on something I’m only going to wear once, plus there is a dearth of costume choices for those of us who are plus-sized.)

My current firm celebrates Halloween in a big way, and it’s expected that everyone will dress up. I got out of this last year because I was out of the office most of the day. Not sure what everyone will say when I don’t come in costume again this year. . . .

12 Dora { 10.26.15 at 2:42 pm }

Love Halloween! Last year and this year Sunshine and were/are coordinated. This year she’ll be Dorothy and I’m going to be Wicked Westie. Splurged on professional green makeup instead of dollar store, and a REALLY BIG witch hat. Last year she was Mary Poppins and I was Bert the chimney sweep. I had so much fun making her hat and parrot umbrella, and my chimney broom. We have a kids parade in our neighborhood. Last year we were a big hit, with lots of people asking to take our picture.

13 nonsequiturchica { 10.26.15 at 2:53 pm }

My daughter is going to be a cow so I thought about being a farmer….haven’t put two seconds into actually finding anything for the costume though. πŸ™‚

14 Cristy { 10.26.15 at 3:10 pm }

Its our first Halloween in the New England! And there’s far more activity here than in the Pacific Northwest. Plan is to take the Beats on their first trick-o-treating adventure in the neighborhood and then to hand out candy. I’m too out-of-sorts to dress up this year, but am already planning for next year.

Happy Halloween!

15 Vinitha { 10.26.15 at 3:52 pm }

We miss the trick or treating here in the UK. I got the costume for my kid but not sure. Have to find something for him to enjoy trick or treat again. πŸ™‚

16 Jen B { 10.26.15 at 5:50 pm }

Ravenclaw gets my vote πŸ™‚

My best costume was when I went as a sexy cop. Nothing special about that one but I had just lost about 15 lbs on WW and I was feeling so good about myself. It’s one of the only times I remember feeling pretty.

17 Traci York { 10.26.15 at 7:59 pm }

The kids are too old now for trick-or-treating (sad face), but we used to have great fun dressing up, going to parties, and such. My favorite (and simplest) costume was for a homeschool coop party – I dressed all in black, wore my pentacle, and pinned a bag of sand to my shirt. I made people guess, but surprisingly enough, no one could figure out I was a sand-witch. πŸ˜‰

18 Journeywoman { 10.26.15 at 8:07 pm }

After MONTHS of “I want to be Elsa” from our little girl we thought we were set. Then Disney Junior started this new show called PJ Masks. Our daughter went nuts for it and said she wanted to be the superhero Owlette. I think a large reason is that she is Asian.

We were not allowed to be the other super heroes because I am a girl and the others are boys. (Our daughter would not let me dress up as a boy.) So we are the villains. I love Halloween!

19 Journeywoman { 10.26.15 at 8:09 pm }

Owlette is Asian–as is our daughter.

20 Baby Blue Sunday { 10.26.15 at 8:16 pm }

Yes, my hub is sort to obsessed with the Muppets, so we’re a family costume: He’s Kermit, Baby is Robin (Kermit’s nephew) and I’m Piggy (though I guess we broke up?)

21 Mali { 10.26.15 at 8:48 pm }

Have never celebrated Halloween, as it just wasn’t a thing in New Zealand. I remember an American exchange student hosting a Halloween party that my older sister went to, and it seemed so exotic! It’s celebrated a bit more now – but I think if parents and kids are going to do it here, they tend to let people know in advance, or go to the houses of friends, simply because it’s just not commonly done here. (I do find it odd though – knocking on doors and threatening for sweets, and then rewarding that behaviour! lol)

22 Mali { 10.26.15 at 8:50 pm }

PS. I’m curious. What does a 90’s slacker wear?

23 Jess { 10.26.15 at 9:34 pm }

Halloween is my FAVORITE, and not just because it’s my wedding anniversary… We dress up at school, but for some reason my department won’t be anything remotely resembling scary (I would love to be the Resource Zombies), so I’ve been a half-assed M&M, a somewhat-recognizable Sneetch (as in the ones who live on the Beaches), a barely-recognizable Minion, and my favorite, a leopard. I went all-out for that one, wearing leopard footie pajamas, a tail out of a chenille kneesock, a painted face, and an ear headband. It was awesome. This year we are characters from Inside Out. I will be Sadness, because that’s how I feel about the theme. (I’d be Disgust, but I don’t have a sparkly green cocktail dress to wear, so frumpy turtle neck gray sweater, big plastic frames, and trouser jeans it is with a blue bob wig. Actually, maybe it won’t be too bad. And then I’ll be a zombie for Halloween proper, out on my driveway with a glass of wine and the firepit, hanging with the neighbors and handing out candy to the single-digits kids who come down our dead end street. It’s such a fun night!

24 loribeth { 10.26.15 at 9:57 pm }

Not dressing up, haven’t done that in years. I do have a bit of a hat/fascinator that I wear while handing out treats. πŸ˜‰ As for my best costume ever, I have probably told this story before, but my childhood girlfriend came to visit me in university & we put together our costumes that afternoon to wear to the big residence Halloween social (dance). We decided to be flowers — we went out & bought green tights & green garbage bags to wear over shorts & T-shirts, and then we used yellow posterboard to make headdresses for ourselves — cut out individual petals & stapled them to a sort of headband thing that tied under the chin. We looked great if I do say so myself. The really hilarious thing and what made the evening especially memorable is when we got to the party, there were two guys there dressed like bumblebees!! lol They buzzed around us all night. Got to be annoying after awhile, but it WAS pretty funny. πŸ™‚

25 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.26.15 at 10:03 pm }

Oooh, a 90s slacker. That might become part of my last-minute lineup, as I still have my Doc Martens.

I went to a party on Friday in my jammies. Saved me time later on in the evening.

My best costume was Juno.

Happy candy to you!

26 md { 10.26.15 at 11:42 pm }

it has been a very long time since i celebrated halloween or went trick or treating! i have good memories of gorging on candy, although i never enjoyed the dressing up part..

27 Working mom of 2 { 10.26.15 at 11:59 pm }

Best costume: I was a California raisin (part of a group, not my Idea, but it turned out great). I haven’t dressed up in years but might this year since Halloween is on Saturday and there’s a little local parade for the kids (too young/bedtime too early for T or T). I was thinking of going as an 80s person–I recently found my own vintage leg warmers at my late dad’s house. But I likely will end up just not dressing up…we’ll see.

28 Geochick { 10.27.15 at 12:39 am }

90’s slacker!

I’m dressing up, but haven’t given any thought to it. Saturday afternoon, I’m sure I’ll be in the attic yanking out all our old costumes and trying to figure out how to put something “new” together. Or, I’ll throw on my 50’s circle skirt for the 3rd time and call it good.

29 anks { 10.28.15 at 1:11 am }

Would love to see your costume Mel… would you share a pic? We don’t have Halloween in India.. it sounds like such a fun holiday though!

30 Suzy { 10.28.15 at 4:04 am }

Ravenclaw definitely Ravenclaw. Halloween isn’t that popular here and as I grew up in India we didn’t celebrate it there. I missed the linkup but my post is written.

31 JustHeather { 10.28.15 at 3:01 pm }

I so miss a proper US Halloween. I usually throw on some cat ears or devil’s horns, but I’m not quite feeling it this year. As the actual date is on Saturday, it means the “holy day” here in Finland coincides with it and all stores are closed, so there is no one to see me if I get dressed up.
We did carve a pumpkin. I have several costumes I could whip up for the kids, but I’m not sure I’ll bother this year. Next year… (I keep telling myself that.)
Please do share what you end up dressing as. πŸ™‚

32 Valery Valentina { 10.30.15 at 5:29 pm }

In the IF years I so longed to have a child to go out with, carrying a lantern and getting candy.
Last year we finally did, but I was suddenly overcome by shame begging for candy, so we went home after the first house. (Suzy too small to understand, at 1 year old it was magic enough for her to be out with her little electric light. Plus she tried to eat that too.)
Not sure what to do this year.

33 Amber { 10.31.15 at 9:54 am }

The only time I’ve dressed up as an adult (several years ago), I was Strawberry Shortcake. I thought about dressing up this year to match the kids, but I’m not good at being creative and we just don’t have a lot of money to spend on costumes. My twins are going to be Batman and Robin though, and we are excited to really do Halloween with them this year.

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