Happy Halloween!

Despite the creepy “Slut-o-ween” nastiness and costume racism, Halloween can be a good time. I mean hey, free candy right?
So, let’s celebrate: What’s the best costume you ever had? Mine was this great ballerina get-up my mom put together for me when I was in pre-school that I would later puke all over. Sicked-up-on tutus are some funny shit.

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  1. Melissa Brooks
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I’m Australian, so we don’t celebrate Halloween, but my favourite ever costume that I have dressed in was as Carmen Sandiego. – Red coat, boots, big red hat and carrying an inflatable globe.

  2. natmc
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    A two headed, three-legged monster with my friend when we were kids – with a giant t-shirt we both fit into, and three legged pants her mom made us, then painted our faces different colours.

  3. SamBarge
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    You don’t celebreat Halloween in Australia? Wow. Poor Australian kids.
    I’ve had some great costumes. In highschool, I dated a basketball player who was 6’11″. Now, I’m not short but next to him… We went out as the Jolly Green Giant and the Little Sprout.

  4. Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Lucifer, prince of darkness.
    Best impromptu: age 15, at a debate tournament in another part of Houston. Well, me, my partner, and two others got eliminated early, so we went trick or treating in the local neighborhood, catalog cases in hand, as lawyers. Damned self-fulfilling costume prophecy.

  5. Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    My mom made me a Belle costume when I was five. It looked EXACTLY like the gold dress in the movie. It was great.

  6. sunflwrmoonbeam
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Two years ago I dressed up as Regan from the Exorcist. It was awesome!

  7. katiedivina
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Definitely my purple unicorn costume–my mom made it 3 sizes too big so that it could fit over my snow suit (trick or treating in Alaska is cold!) so I could fit in the costume for years. :)
    Little hood with a sparkly horn on it…eventually it was sold in a garage sale.

  8. moriath
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Vampire beauty queen! I had a nice party dress that I’d bought for a semi-formal dinner that I wasn’t ever going to be able to wear again…except for Halloween. So I bought a tiara and some opera gloves, made a red sash that said “Miss Transylvania” and, of course, had really pale make up and vampire teeth. I was only going to the school’s Halloween dance that year, not trick-or-treating, and I think I was the only girl who didn’t dress slutty at the school…

  9. Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    My favorite was this year – we actually celebrated Saturday because it’s not cool to get shit-faced on weekdays. I was a clapping monkey, complete with the red vest and the little red hat! Because I also had the cymbals, I couldn’t drink, so I had people feeding me various beers and liquors all night!
    I also almost won a costume contest, but lost out to a girl who was dressed like …naked. ;{

  10. JPlum
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I went all existential at the age of about 12 or 13, and went as ‘Nothingness’. I was all in black, with a veil and gloves, and didn’t speak-my sisters had to explain who I was. Best part-in that year’s picture of us, you actually can’t see me! I was there, I swear, but didn’t show up in the picture.

  11. Amber schn0562
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    This year I am going as Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter! Complete with radish earrings, butter beer cork necklace, and Hogwarts jumper!

  12. Eef
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    A palm tree my mother made for me when I was about 9. It was mostly crepe paper and staples but I was still the coolest kid in school. Even if I could barely walk in it

  13. Amber schn0562
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    This year I am going as Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter! Complete with radish earrings, butter beer cork necklace, and Hogwarts jumper!

  14. BWrites
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    My mom sewed, so she made all my costumes for years. Best was the Bugs Bunny head that was SO DAMN BIG other people in my family wore it for years until it was tragically lost.
    This year my daughter is a princess. She’s well-covered at least!

  15. Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    My senior year of college, my roommates and I dressed up as Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup… the Powerpuff Girls. I was Bubbles. We took a trip to the fabric store, made our dresses, completed the look with dress-matching eye makeup, and white long johns and ran around town ready to fight evil monkeys and the like. It was awesome.

  16. Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    None of my peers ever got my halloween costumes.
    As a kid I dressed up as a clown and claimed I was the President (Reagan). As a college kid, I dressed in my usual way and claimed I was Glen Gould. Although once I dressed up in some of my older clothes and claimed I was a grad student (parodying my future self).

  17. johanna
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    age 4: Cyndi Lauper, complete with spray-in orange hair
    More recently, in college I went one year as a Freudian slip and one year as GoGo from Kill Bill (I had a group of friends that did a Kill Bill theme, which was totally sweet).

  18. VT Idealist
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Oooh. I want to play, too! I love Halloween. I love making costumes. I’m a large gal (size 20, yikes!) so I learned early that store bought stuff just was not going to fit.
    I have 2 costumes that stand out for me as favorites. One year I went as a chicken. I took a pair of shorts and a long sleeve tshirt and hot glued yellow feathers over the entire thing. Add red tights (with little felt shoe covers), a red feather boa scrunched up for a tail, and a really disturbing rubber chicken mask and I was perfect. I ended up coming in 2nd at a local costume contest – lost to some girl in a latex sexy nun costume.
    My other favorite was a few a couple of years ago I went as a Valkyrie. The costume was easy foil pans cut up to form armour and gold spray paint. A friend helped me make a winged helmet out of plaster. The costume was sweet, but a bit uncomfortable. And a clanged when I walked. I wish I could post a picture, as it’s really hard to imagine from a description, but it totally kicked ass.
    On another note, one year a friend waited until the day of Halloween to say he didn’t have a costume. He was just going to buy something this late in the game, but all the stores were sold out and what wasa left was mostly junk. But all the stores had their Christmas decorations out, so a green sweat suit later we dressed him up like a Christmas tree!

  19. marle
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Right now I’m dressed as my cat, but my favorite costume is when I dressed up as Link, the video game character from the Legend of Zelda. My husband dressed up as Princess Zelda, and we went to a video game tournament that had a costume contest. We won (for the costumes, though he did get 3rd in the tourney as well). :)

  20. Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I’ve got a tie, I think. I was Princess Leia when I was 11: my mom sewed the white robe and did my hair with the buns. It was awesome. But a few years ago, six friends and I went as the seven deadly sins. Being Wrath on Halloween is pretty awesome. :D

  21. BabyPop
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    The last time I dressed up for Halloween, I was filling in on bass for a friend’s band at a show, so I dressed up like Happy Tom from Turbonegro. Me, and he.

  22. raginfem
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    My senior year of high school I went Goth, and by Goth I mean ALL OUT: black hair, fake nose ring, black lipstick, heavy black eyeliner, crazy black outfit and fake black tattoos and black boots and fishnets and everything. I’m really pale so the contrast was intense (my hair is normally light brown). I wore it to school and people I knew would look right at me in the hall, not recognize me, and then freak out when they did. It was awesome…

  23. thegirlriots
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I was a table one year. My folks made like a sandwich board, and we covered it with table cloth. Then we cut out pictures of food from magazines and glued them on.

  24. NatasheeBear
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I used tacky glue, red glitter, and red gemstones to make ruby slippers for a Dorothy costume sophomore year of college. Even though the replica of the gingham smock was a little shoddy, I more than made up for it by nailing every other detail including the basket containing toto.

  25. ghostorchid
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Weirdly enough, my favourite costume was being a ghost. Because no one seems to do it anymore! I covered myself in an almost-white sheet, cut out purposely mismatched eyeholes, and wrapped a string around my neck. It was really nice to regress.

  26. Colleen
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    My mom made me so many amazing costumes over the years. I’ve been a pink sparkly unicorn, a pumpkin, a cat, a clown, a princess, but the best costume she ever made me was probably when I was too little to pick it out for myself I was Bo Peep and my little brother was my sheep.
    The pictures are so cute, although we both look rather unsure as to what the hell is going on.

  27. bubblewrapgenie
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I went as an iPod commercial a couple years ago – dressed all in black, wore my iPod and danced like a maniac. It was good times. I was totally out of place at the sluttified house parties, though…
    This year the beau and I took our cue from Mean Girls (no, not like THAT). We went as Mathletes. Awww yeah.

  28. Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    All of my past Halloween costumes were ugly as hell, so I am not going to get into any of them.

  29. sgzax
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    My best was in high school, when I dressed as a parrot (with a funny nose, colorful make-up, and feathers sewn all over my clothes) and told everyone I was Papagena from The Magic Flute.
    It now occurs to me that my Papagena was not nearly sexy enough.

  30. Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    My best costume must be the one for this year – American McGee’s Alice! She was a character in a cult computer game. Alice goes insane after a tragic accident which destroys her home and family, and ends up in an asylum. She gets called back inside her mind to Wonderland which has become a bit…. diseased. The game involves a lot of running around hacking card cards to pieces with weapons such as the Vorpal Blade.
    I didn’t think everyone would get my geeky reference, though, so I added a (fake!) dead rabbit to my costume. I was then either a) evil Alice or b) a bunny-boiler, for those who didn’t even notice the rest of my costume (blue dress, bloody apron, black boots, knife).
    My second-best costume would be the ladybird one, though. My mother made it when I was little, and then we resized it recently for a charity event where I wandered about in costume waving a bucket in peoples’ faces. If had a mask made of tights and tea-strainers, and a really lovely cape.

  31. Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    My two favorite have been dressing up as Debbie Gibson, from Out of the Blue and as Alfalfa from Our Gang. In college I slutted it up a bit. Took me awhile to realize that fun costumes are far far better than sexy devil outfits and well, fun.

  32. neveramystery
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    2 years ago I bought a padded envelope as big as my torso, decorated it, wore it, and went as a love letter. Complete with a lacey shirt and tights.

  33. kmg
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    N is for Neville who died of ennui. My friend went as C is for Clara who wasted away. I love Edward Gorey.

  34. Olivia
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    My dad put together an awesome gypsy costume for me in junior high. He even macromayed (sp?) me a belt. I won best costume in the entire school!

  35. EG
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Mwezzi, American McGee’s Alice is ultracool!
    I did up an excellent Wicked Witch of the West costume three or four years ago for a costume party. It was great. I made my own witch’s hat out of cardboard, I already have loads of black clothing to layer. I used cardboard to make a nice old-fashioned broom out of my baseball bat (which also made me feel pretty secure walking down the street alone at night), and got green facepaint and everything. And everyone knew who I was straightaway!

  36. Posted October 31, 2007 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    The year I officially moved out of my parent’s house, my roommate and I had a huge Halloween party. I was Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman)from Pulp Fiction. I had the wig, the outfit, and an awesome syringe sticking out of my chest. I had a little blood coming out of my nose, too. It rocked.

  37. Posted October 31, 2007 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I am a whale. But not just a whale, the great white whale Moby Dick. My spouse is Ahab, so we just chase each other around issuing death threats. It’s really hard to wear at work today, though.

  38. Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Come to think of it, all the dumb “sexy” costumes are store-bought, whereas all the awesome ones are home-made. There’s a connection here with food…

  39. Alison
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    My favorite group costume was definitely Teen Girl Squad a couple of years ago. I was Whats-Her-Face.
    This year my boyfriend is a robot and I’m a shark (our love is forbidden).
    Halloween is the best, y’all.

  40. sunburned counsel
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    my father made me a witches custome with white flannel on one side, black on the other, and for many years I alternated between being a good witch and a bad witch. When I was 10 I took my mum’s academic robes and a flower wreath and went as Morgan La Fey from “The Mists of Avalon”. I was kind of an intense little kid.
    My favourite though was when I was maybe 11- putting on a white tennis skirt and shirt, tennis shoes. I grabbed my tennis racket and then, I put a bloody knife in my back- viola! Monica Seles.

  41. stone biscuit
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    When I was still a Brownie Girl Scout, I dressed up as Beetlejuice for Halloween. Awesome homemade costume.

  42. under_zenith
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    My favourite was the mermaid costume my mom made for me when I was 10… the tail was so shiny and pretty!

  43. maude1230
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    My friend and I were a s’more our junior year of college. We wore brown foam on our backs for graham crackers, and white/dark brown foam on our chests (I was the marshmellow half, she was the chocolate half). So whenever we hugged, we were a s’more, and we sandwiched a lot of people that night. I loved it; best costume ever.

  44. Ismone
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    My two best friends and I made our own banana split costume when we were in the fifth grade. We made a three person bowl and banana sandwich board, used sheets and chicken wire to make the ice cream scoops, stuffed white tights with basting to make whipped cream (except for my best friend, who wore a red cherry hat) glued sponge bits to the whipped cream hat for nuts, and made chocolate fudge out of garbage bags.
    It was AWESOME.

  45. Cola
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    My mom dressed me as a “gypsy” one year, employing a few peasant skirts, a dark vest, and lots of lace, sashes and chunky, jingly jewelry. In spite of being under about a mile of lacy skirt and an umbrella, though, I ended up drenched and freezing that year. =(

  46. SouriezLaJoconde
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    This year I’m a Brownie Girl Scout, complete with the vest that I wore from the 1st to the 3rd grade.
    Last year I decided to make fun of the slutty girls. I wore a slightly revealing dress, fishnets, my “stripper shoes”, gaudy makeup, with an unlit cigarette in one hand and a martini glass in the other. And then I had a name tag that said “Hi! I’m… YOUR MOM.” And I felt really good about myself. :)

  47. bailey_comus
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    i’ve had many good costumes but my favorite was “Victim of the Santa Fe style”.
    i wore a cowboy hat, a chambray duster from a thrift store that someone before me had painted with a chubby native carrying a pot, a denim skirt that i fringed, a chambray shirt, a blue bandanna that i fringed and beaded, two strings of ‘indian corn’ around my neck, an orange ‘cowboy belt around my waist;, fake tin conchas around my hip, huge fake tin concha earrings, cheesy plastic cowboy boots with three inch heels and a shawl tucked in somewhere or another. I was living in albq at the time, so most people ‘got’ it, but i did have a couple of older ladies (from santa fe) tell me how pretty i looked – and there was no snark. they genuinely liked my look as everyday apparel.

  48. Nic
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    My secnior year of college, I went as “Doctor Girlfriend”. This is a character on a cartoon called Venture Brothers. What made it so good is that the character is just a regular looking woman, but has a man’s voice. That morning I woke up with a very hoarse throat, and I also sounded like a man. Hence the “costume”.
    (Yeah, pretty lame, but the drunk college students found it hilarious.)

  49. NorCate
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    My best ever Halloween costume was a homemade flapper costume my last year of high school. Low-waisted dress, turban with feathers, long string of pearls, and long gloves. What really made my night was that completely unrelated to my costume, one of the guys at the party had dressed up as a dead 20′s gangster. We went around posing for pictures the entire night.
    (The next year was boring in comparison – just a hippie. But my boyfriend rocked – dressed up in a storebought black robe and devoid of hair because he had had cancer treatment a month prior, he looked like Ingvar Bergman’s Death. At least the cancer was good for something!)

  50. Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I have two favorite costumes. The first one was the Statue of Liberty. I used that for at least two years when I was a munchkin. My mom had this old, shimmery blue dress, so she pinned it and sewed it so it was more my size, and we made the crown, torch and book out of cardboard and tinfoil. It rocked!
    My current favorite is the costume I wore last year. I went as a peacock. I bought the costume online and it was worth every penny I spent. I was more than appropriately covered in all aspects, so I wasn’t *too* over-sexualized, and there certainly weren’t any racial messages at all. The only “people” I may have offended were real peacocks, but I was hoping I could emanate some of their majesty and do them proper justice ;)

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