I’ve always loved getting dressed up for Halloween… our friends used to throw a huge Halloween bash every year, and we always had the craziest and best time! We’ve since traded in our crazy costumes and beer kegs for trick-or-treating and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, so those crazy parties haven’t happened in a few years, but I sure do miss them!
It was always so much fun to hunt for the perfect costumes and the perfect accessories to go with them. Brian and I used to go all out. And of course we always had to be themed (with the exception of the first year since we weren’t prepared).
Let’s just take a step back in time, shall we?
2004 – Shaggy From Scooby Doo and a Witch
This was the second Halloween that Brian and I were together, but it was our first time attending a Halloween party as he was out of town on business the prior year. I don’t remember why, but we didn’t have much time to plan for this party, so I grabbed the only costume that I had on hand (a witch), and we ran out to buy a Shaggy costume for Brian since everyone used to tell him that he looked like him. This was the one and only time that we didn’t match.
2005 – Doctor and Nurse
This year we were totally ready! Brian and I had three other friends that wanted to get in on our theme, so it was extra fun! My friend Shelly and I were nurses, and Brian, as well as Shelly’s husband (then boyfriend) were doctors. Brian’s best friend was our patient, and he had one of those ridiculous hospital gown costumes with the fake butt hanging out of the back. He added a crazy mask to it just for fun.
2006 – Hugh Hefner and a Playboy Bunny
Do you guys remember that show The Girls Next Door? Well, it was all the rage that year, so we thought it would be fun to dress up as Hef and one of his bunnies. I absolutely adored this costume and I even DIYed a Playboy bunny necklace out of cardboard and paint to match. You couldn’t even tell it wasn’t real jewelry!
2007 – Creepy Bride and Groom
At this point in time, we were waist deep in wedding planning as our wedding was barely a month away, so how could we not incorporate that into our costumes?! I loved the streamers hanging off of the arms on this costume, and I carried around a bouquet of black flowers. Brian got really into the face painting for this costume, but since my skin is so sensitive, I wasn’t about to put that mess all over my face!
2008 – Christmas Elf and Santa’s Helper
These were, by far, my favorite costumes evarrrr! I’m obsessed with Christmas and I was even more obsessed with my red and white striped thigh-highs. I wish I had an excuse to wear this now, because I still have it and it still fits. Oh, and, red lipstick.
2009 – Hippies
This was one of my favorites as well, but the “dress” was extreeeemely short, so I had to wear shorts underneath. I also apparently wanted to be a football player that year as well.
2009 was the last year that we attended the Halloween party… I don’t think our friends had one in 2010, and then in 2011 we had to attend a wedding on the same night as the party, so we missed it. I was super bummed about that one. By 2012, they stopped hosting the party altogether because everyone got busy with babies and life in general, so our recent years look a bit like this…
2011 – Pod of Peas
Jacob was three months old for his first Halloween, and since he couldn’t do much, I took full advantage.
2012 – Vampire Bat
He had just started walking for his second Halloween, and he looked darling toddling around in this costume. Such a doll!
2013 – Elmo and Cookie Monster
At this point in time, Jacob’s favorite character was Elmo (like every other two year old), so he wanted to be Elmo for Halloween. We found the perfect Cookie Monster costume for Maui and these two were a match made in Sesame Street heaven.
2014 – Superman, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman
Jacob decided last year that he wanted to be Superman for Halloween, so I figured I would dress up Olivia and Maui to match. I sewed a Batman patch on a black onesie, bought a black tutu, and made her a Batgirl headband, and BOOM. We had a house full of superheroes.