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October 31, 2010

Thankful – Picture Fall, day 31

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Picture Fall Mosiac

Today is the last day of the Picture Fall online photography class.  We were instructed to focus on something that expresses our gratitude today.  I am most grateful for my wonderful family, but I already shared them with you on Day 24, and here and there at other times throughout the month.  I’m also grateful for this blogging community that has grown up around several blogs.  I love the support and comments I’ve gotten as I’ve navigated the waters of photography, so a collage of the shots I’ve taken this month seemed apropos.

I hope you are having a great Halloween with lots of treats and no nasty tricks! 🙂

Ghosts of Halloweens Past

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In honor of today, I decided to share the fun I’ve had with Halloween over the years.  Hubby and I have thrown Halloween parties off and on for the last 20 years, starting a couple years before we were married.  We’ve always celebrated with a close group of friends; couples who’ve married and had children, whom we’ve remained friends with over the years.  These pictures are not inclusive of all the costumes we’ve worn over the years, but many of my favorites are included here.  The parties began when we were young 20-somethings and have grown to include our children as we are now all in our 40’s, and our children are friends with each other.  It is a pretty cool relationship, and fairly unusual I’m guessing,  for a core group of five couples (others have come and gone throughout the years) and it is a relationship I am happy and grateful to have.  On to the fun! (I’ve chosen to feature shots of my husband, myself, and my girls to  keep the picture load here to a reasonable size!)

Frankenstein’s monster & Bride of Frankenstein, 1991

Werewolf & Catwoman, 1992

Sally & Mr. Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1994

Fast forward 10 years (costumes from the years in between I’m not as crazy about).  2004 was a special year.  I think it was the first year we decided to include everyone’s children in our party invitation, and changed the dynamics from adults-only to a family oriented party.  It was also an awesome year for Red Sox fans!  Our party happened the day after the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.  My husband (right) and a friend dressed appropriately for the celebration:

Hubby is a beat-down Yankee player, if it is difficult to make out in that shot.  My girls dressed as Dr. Suess’s Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat:

And I went as Madonna from the early years:

What do you think of me as a blond? LOL!

In 2005, we went with a family costume idea:

This is probably my favorite group costume ever!  We had fun shopping for and creating the costumes in order to be the members of the rock band, KISS, and our girls were introduced to some classic 70’s rock!

Our family became a famous TV family in 2007:

The Simpsons : Bart, Lisa, Marge (with a doll I fashioned to be Maggie) and Homer

In 2008, we didn’t throw our own party, but hubby and I were invited to the party of a friend from my dance classes.  It was an election year, and we dressed for it:

John McCain & Sarah Palin!  No political support implied here!  Just cute costumes – I’m wearing one of my husband’s old junior NRA shooting jackets.

Last year, we had another party and went with another group theme:

Were you able to figure this one out?  You might not if you are not a fan of a certain comedian.  We were the puppets of Jeff Dunham: Walter, Peanut, Jose Jalepeno on-a-stick, and Akmed the dead terrorist.  I couldn’t help but laugh anytime I saw Meghan in those eyebrows and mustache on her green face.  And yes, that’s me in the giant bobble-head skeleton suit.  (If you click the link for the puppets, you’ll see a picture of those characters)

This year, hubby and I were again invited to my dance class friend’s party, and we weren’t having a party of our own.  We decided to be Columbia and RiffRaff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show:

I’d love to hear about which of our costumes you liked best, as well as what some of your favorite past Halloween costumes were – links to your pics would be great!