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October 31, 2010

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!


  1. These are great! I love Jeff Dunham, so those are my favorites 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 31, 2010 @ 10:06 am | Reply

    • Jeff Dunham is hysterical! We’ve seen him a few times in person, back when he did the smaller comedy club circuit. I’d have tears of laughter every time.

      Comment by Karma — October 31, 2010 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  2. Oh, I think KISS is still my all-time favorite, although Frankenstein and Bride of are classic!

    Comment by JenniferA — October 31, 2010 @ 10:10 am | Reply

    • I agree, KISS is probably my fav too if I had to pick. My Bride wig was pretty awesome though!

      Comment by Karma — October 31, 2010 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  3. What a GREAT post! I knew the Jeff Dunham puppets before you revealed it. He’s hilarious!

    You family as Kiss and the Simpsons is also fantastic – how creative!

    (Hubby and I are more into Christmas and already throw a huge holiday party each year so doing anything for Halloween is out of the question for us. I so wish ANY of my friends were into Halloween and threw a party ‘cuz I’d be there in the craziest costume I could conjure up!)

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — October 31, 2010 @ 11:39 am | Reply

    • And I imagine you could conjure up something pretty crazy, Tracy!
      I’m surprised there haven’t been comments about some of my crazier costumes!

      Comment by Karma — October 31, 2010 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  4. They’re all great and so darn creative. For me personally I’m not a fan of dressing up although I won a costume contest when running a 5k a couple years ago (you can find it on Facebook), but I love seeing the creativity in people that like to do it. It’s great that your daughters get involved, too. I do have to say that KISS is my favorite.

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 31, 2010 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Becky. I’m not sure why I can get so into dressing up for Halloween – maybe it has to do with expressing parts of me that I never would “let out” at other times of the year! 😉

      Comment by Karma — November 1, 2010 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  5. What fun, hilarious pictures! I love that you’ve dressed up so many years and that your whole family creates it together….what wondermous memories you guys must have already! I love the Dunham puppets and your Cat Woman…wow! 🙂 Thanx for the smiles 🙂

    Comment by Cindy Lou — November 1, 2010 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

    • Glad you had a laugh, Cindy! The whole family seems to enjoy the challenge of coming up with the Halloween costumes.

      Comment by Karma — November 2, 2010 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  6. […] Bonus: Show me Halloween!  No, it doesn’t have anything at all to do with idioms ( though if you found a spooky idiom or a spooky way to photograph an idiom you’d get quadruple bonus points!), but I’ve loved Halloween for a long time. […]

    Pingback by October Photo Hunt « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — October 6, 2011 @ 6:01 am | Reply

  7. You are one of Those, Karen. The ones who are really really good creating Halloween costumes. Who love Halloween. We have friends like that. I admire you guys–really I do. You get big kudos for real creativity!

    Comment by Kathy — October 27, 2011 @ 8:58 am | Reply

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