There's a chill in the air, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and the wonderful smell of fires burning. It must mean one thing: Halloween is upon us! The blissful thirty one days of October mark my absolute favorite time of year, and in keeping with tradition, we are once again throwing our annual costume party.
I'm sure many of our guests begrudgingly don a getup each year for our frightening fete, but I can't think of a better way to get in the spriit of things than to dress up for a night. Although it's always a fun endeavor, there are some years that my creative juices just aren't flowing and I need to turn to other sources for inspiration.
So, in case you're stumped, here's a look back through the years of costumes past. Some scary, some silly, and some more wild than others. We hope some of our costumes can give you a good idea or two if you're still searching for your costume this year. Enjoy!
2010: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love
2009: Cat Burglar
It was the year of the serial burglar in Old Town Alexandria. What better way to poke a little fun at someone who was breaking into homes, yet making time to drink people's wine and eat their food before making off with their treasured possessions.
2009: Beekeeper and Her Bumblebee
2009: Devil Dog
Yep, Oliver really had two costumes that year. As a first time "dog mom," I just couldn't help myself.
2008: Victorian Vampiress and The Karate Kid
2007: Marie Antoinette
Let them eat cake! (Or donuts.)
2007: Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn
Alex went all out for this one. He hunted eBay for a 20 year old Indians jersey, had it custom stitched, made the horn rimmed glasses with skull and crossbones, and even had me shave triangles into the back of his head to really nail Charlie Sheen's character in the movie Major League.
2006: Fred and Velma
In an homage to my favorite childhood cartoon, here we are as the famous Scooby-Doo super sleuth's. "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling
kids!" Classic. Without me in the picture, Alex looked a little bit more like a porn star that I would have liked.
2005: Tooth Fairy
Note the bag, embroidered with the words "teeth" on my waist. I learned this year though that a wide set of wings doesn't work well in a house as narrow as ours.
In Old Town we see our fair share of shriners in the various parades and events within the city, and Alex loves them. So he decided to be a shriner in 2005 to celebrate their philanthropy and tiny cars. He went all out and eBay was his best friend. He scored the fez in one auction, the jacket and cumber bun in another, and the pants in yet another. The fez, jacket, and cumber bun were all 100% authentic and vintage. People loved this costume.
2004: Cleveland Indian, The Witch, and The Bumblebee
Alex threw together his "costume" from a bunch of game used uniform parts from 1995 Indians players. I think it was sort of lame. Mel sure made a cute bumblebee that year though.
2002: The Stormtrooper
That's Alex basking in the glory of his true nerdry. This costume actually won first place in our apartment's best costume contest, which won us one month free rent. That was more than $1,250 back then. Not too shabby!
As you can see, we've had a lot of different ideas and costumes over the years. Some good, some slightly less creative, but all a lot of fun. What are you going as this year? Do you try to coordinate with friends or your significant other, or do you do what you like and go at it alone? Or, dare I say it, is Halloween a holiday reserved for the kids?
Update: Check out our costumes for Halloween 2011. Alex as a Cleveland Browns player and Wendy, going all out, as Tippi Hedren's character from the Hitchcock movie The Birds.