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All Hallow's Eve

Tom R

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What is your most memorable Holloween costume/story?

When I was in college, downtown Kent got very weird on the weekend night before Halloween. Everyone was in costume and seemed to lose what few inhibitions that alcohol had missed. One night in Ray's six girls walked in. They were collectively dressed as "Let your fingers do the walking in the Yellow Pages". Five were dressed in form fitting beige and had a fingernail fixed on the back of their head. The second from the left had a gold band around her waist. The sixth was dressed in yellow in the form of a phone book. Pretty cool. But then all five fingers stood up on the bar backs to the crowd and then all but the middle one bent over.
 

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Austin in the early 90s, a house that had nothing but linoleum on the floor, inflatable sheep (part of someones costume), lots of good Hip-Hop, inline skates, smashing pumpkins (literaly), full moon and the first real cold front of the year, about 30 degrees. Oh yeah, and there was plenty of fungusamongus. Wild abandon. I think we all greated the sun rise to get ready for the Day of the Dead festivities.
 
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I see interesting costumes on Halloween but the more ingenious costumes are worn during Mardi Gras. Some of my favorite costumes were not overly original but for some reason, struck my funny bone: 7 people dressed up like court jesters sitting along a table with a sign in front of them saying "The New Orleans City Council." Another one was a family dressed up like the Clintons walking/dancing in a line while carrying luggage with Bill leading the way. He was carrying a boom box over his shoulder blasting "Moving On Up" - the theme song to the Jeffersons (this was right after the time he set up office in Harlem).
 

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Bryan Texas, while in planning school. My friend went as a nun. Her costume was so well done. I went as a cat. Had a cave woman outfit and added ears and a tail.

While there I met a guy who was dressed as a cow. He had the kind of costume you would expect to see outside of Chick-Fil-A. We decided our costumes were a sign and we started dating for a while after that party.
 

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Living right across the river from Camden, NJ the night before halloween is always teh most interesting. You can usually see the glow from all the fires burning for miles.

As for costumes I saw the best one last year. My buddy dressed up as Wilson, from Home Improvement. He bought a small section of wooden fencing, put wheels and handles on it and pushed it around all night, while he wore a flannel shirt and fishing hat. It was great.
 

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Super Grover

From Sesame Street. A friend showed up in blue tights a big red "G" sewed onto the tights, a red cape, blue body paint, a red foam nose, and silver pith helmet.

I didnt get it at first, and I didnt recognize him. Figuring he was a party guest I hadnt met yet, I walked over and said, "And you are WHAT?!"

He politely replied in an excitable grover voice "I'm SUPER GROVER! " There were overlapping moments of recognition - of my friend Tom, and of the fact he was Super Grover. I laughed so hard I had an asthma attack and had to leave.
 

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A work related story...

I used to enjoy making my own costumes when I worked for the City of Oak Harbor, and all of city hall was very into dressing up. One year we were sued by Walmart. So I went dressed up as a Walmart store (used that spray granite stuff on a cardboard box, painted the obligatory blue stripe, had a little sign and everything)... and the junior planner went as a Walmart greeter. He slicked back his hair, wore a blue vest with a "Hi May I Help You, My Name Is..." kind of tag. Together we were very funny.

Also, the City Engineer used to call me the City Planter because he thought all I cared about was landscaping... so I came as a City Planter (another granite box with a city logo, with a green shirt with silk flowers hot glued on).

As a team effort the Long Range Planning group went in Gilligan's Island theme dress to work last year... I got to be gilligan... it was a blast.

I have seen a ton of awesome costumes over the years at various parties. My boyfriend is very into halloween, and likes to do all that makeup stuff. I hope he does something odd this year. :)
 

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I always have the worst time picking out what I want to be. Last year I had amazing black wings, but the house we went to had a very narrow kitchen and they almost caught on fire.

This year I'm thinking about going as Medusa.. spray painted fake snakes and made the head piece already.. Unless I find a great Marilyn dress..
 

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TexasPlanner said:
.. Unless I find a great Marilyn dress..
About 6 weeks after her death, a friend of a friend dressed as "Dead Princess Diana". It was tasteless, but very funny.
 

Tom R

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emmit

Another Halloween, also in college, I dressed up as Emmit Kelley (the sad clown) with a rubber mask I had and a broom. (Emmit Kelley had a routine of walking around with a broom like a tramp.) Anyway, in one bar I (probably half in the bag) sat down next to a girl dressed up as a happy clown. Then I saw a big flash an looked up to see a photographer. Anyway, when graduation time came, I got ahold of a year book. I didn't have the money to get a picture taken for it but I looked through it anyway. And, there we were, two clowns sitting at a table in Walter's Cafe. My only picture in my college year book and I have a full mask on and no one can tell its me.
 

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In poor taste

Year before last.. a guy dressed up as the dead JFK JR.. nice suit with seaweed and fishes tied on..

Last year, I saw a guy dressed as a baby powdered "anthrax"
 

donk

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last year I went as

ed the sock

people kind of recognized the costume, but not really.

I like the super grover idea.....
 

PlannerGirl

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Ok in college every year i was a mime, black outfit, white face white gloves, hair up in a bun slicked back

pretty boring right?

nooo every time i went out like that i got a date-the men had NO idea what i really looked like. at the end of the night id walk to my car and get their numbers (im a liberated woman) and then reach up and let my hair down *it was to my bottom then* and they would stand their with their mouths open.

the best part was when they showed up to pick me up for the date-i always got a 2nd date.

why i got dates from that outift and not say the vamp or greek goddess *toga from Fredricks* ill never understand.

any ideas guys?
 

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slightly OT, but previously mentioned

What other places have a habit of burning stuff / the city around halloween?.

In university we used to go down to the river, or sit in the dorm and watch detroit burn.

Where I live now the entire province seems to burn on halloween. (when talking to tourists am frequently asked what the weird circles on the road are from)
 

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One year in philly...

I went with five friends, we took washing maching cardboard boxes and cut off the tops and bottoms, and glued them all together... we painted it red, added handles so we could lift it from the inside, and added the big "handle" in the middle.

Then we dressed in brown sweat pants, and had red T-shirts lettered "BUD" across the front, and added brown caps with the bills removed and pinted them up to look like bottle caps.

After painting "Budweiser - King of Beers" on the washing machine boxes, we went as a six-pack. We won the costume contest...
 

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Halowwenb Costumes

I once stood in for the Ditrector of Plannig in Detroit at a meeting on Haloween and discovered that 2 guys from the Michigan Jobs Commission came dressed as the "Men in Black". These guys even prepared "MIB" business cards for themselves.
 

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Back about 15 years ago during my undergrad days (gasp):

I was a swammy. My girlfriend was a playboy bunny, and another friend was a 1920's "flapper", and others we a priest and nun. My running joke all night was, "A priest, a nun and two hookers walk into...."

After a rousing party a group of us costumed drunks went out to the bars in Oshkosh.

A 'tatered frat boy stumbles up to me and sez "Hey shwammie *belch* Read my palm *hiccup*"

A grasped his outward held palm, looked at the lines, and responded "YOU'RE AN A**HOLE!". So after he took a swing and we all got kicked out, we went to another fine establishment for their $3.00 all-you-can-drink special. It was fun until the lifegaurd and bride puked in front of theDJ booth.

Ah, college. What a wonderful institution!
 

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most memorable is different from most fun

One year I went to a frat party and the best costume I ever saw was a guy in a huge milk carton and under his cardboard face it said "have you seen me?" I couldn't stop laughing. I have seen tons of fun costumes. I remember being down on State street in Madison Wi when I was younger and seeing the mobs of humanity all out and the bands and everything. My parents always took me home before the rioting got too bad. Unfortuantely when I was in college there was no more rioting... Urban renewal at its finest ;)

Actually I met my current girlfriend on Halloween. What does that tell you. I went to a private party at the local brewery with my friend to have a few beers while the rest of my friends were getting ready. I met this girl who laughed at me all night. when I finally asked her where she was going later she was going to meet "chris" and he was going to be at the Red Shed. I was like "D@mn" all this time ruined. Well, a few weeks later at the brewery I was having drinks ( they have a bar in the brewery) and she came in. we spoke for a while, she was cuter than i remembered and I got her number. Well, 3 years and two moves later she is still following me around the country.

Oh yeah, the reason she laughed at me all night was I was the red Teletubbie, PO. After we met up with my friends, all 4 teletubbies drank free that night.
 

Tom R

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PlannerGirl said:
Ok in college every year i was a mime, black outfit, white face white gloves, hair up in a bun slicked back

pretty boring right?

nooo every time i went out like that i got a date-the men had NO idea what i really looked like. at the end of the night id walk to my car and get their numbers (im a liberated woman) and then reach up and let my hair down *it was to my bottom then* and they would stand their with their mouths open.

the best part was when they showed up to pick me up for the date-i always got a 2nd date.

why i got dates from that outift and not say the vamp or greek goddess *toga from Fredricks* ill never understand.

any ideas guys?
Probably curosity. (or a desire to be with a woman that doesn't talk. Just kidding.)
 

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donk said:
slightly OT, but previously mentioned

What other places have a habit of burning stuff / the city around halloween?.

Detroit has to take the honors for the originators of this ritual....
 

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TexasPlanner said:

This year I'm thinking about going as Medusa..
My wife went as medusa last year - did the same thing with the headpiece, and made herself a shiny gold dress. I went as a Roman emperor.

We can't decide what we want to do this year...
 

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PlannerGirl said:

why i got dates from that outift and not say the vamp or greek goddess *toga from Fredricks* ill never understand.

any ideas guys?
Remember that this advice is from a guy who only dates about 6 times a year, in a good year.

On my High School Cross Country Ski Team, we had a theory that if a girl has a face that was pretty/cute covered in icy boogers, imagine what she would look like cleaned up. Maybe this extends to costumes and life in general. Costumes and clothes while they may make the person look more attractive or be more expensive, they only mask what is already there. Then again with XC ski race suits, you can see all, and may be more forgiving of faces.

Also maybe when dresed as a mime you appeared more "playful" and "fun" and where therefore more approachable then when dressed like vamp or toga queen. (two costumes that might be taken as serious / intimidating)
 

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vamp and toga vs mime

Here is my theory:

If I saw a girl in school in a toga, especially if I knew it was from Fredricks of Hollywood, I would think one of two things. i'm gonna try to get her in bed tonight as i bet shes a little slut. Or I don't have a chance she is out of my league. The mime or something else less showing of the skin is someone who you would want to spend some money on a date and actually get to know the person. And trying to get a number from a mime and getting her to talk would be a lot of fun. A girl in a toga or catsuit to me is uncreative and not someone who I would want to go out with or spend time with.

Take it however you want. My advise is worth what you paid for it.

However I am always a sucker for a girl in a catholic schoolgirl uniform...
 

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One year I went as a minister and met a woman at the party dressed as a witch in a very sexy outfit. The two of us made a nice contrast and since it was at the Officer's Club on the base I was statoined at (these tend to be very conservative) I think we pissed a few people off. I can't use that one anymore as I am now a minister. Thanks for the link, Dan.

Last year I attended a party in one of Madison's breweries. While I particularly enjoyed all of the scantily clad women, the best was a guy who came dressed as Marge Simpson - blue wig, pearls, and green dress.
 

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What is your most memorable Holloween costume/story?

When I was in college, downtown Kent got very weird ...

This set me off on my own Kent memory that isn't so much amusing as unforgetable. My college room mate thought he would do a Clockwork Orange thing but little did he know how bad it turned out. He dyed some thermal long johns bright orange and wore them with boots, a wide belt, derby hat, walking stick and eye makup out to the bars. Apparently he got I can only imagine what kind of attention and thought he looked pretty good (he was drinking a lot that year). It was such a success he put on the same costume for many a weekend binge throughout the winter. Did I mention he weighed about 90 lbs and looked like a skull on a stick? I wonder what he remembers when he thinks back on his college days.
 

Tom R

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What is your most memorable Holloween costume/story?

When I was in college, downtown Kent got very weird ...

This set me off on my own Kent memory that isn't so much amusing as unforgetable. My college room mate thought he would do a Clockwork Orange thing but little did he know how bad it turned out. He dyed some thermal long johns bright orange and wore them with boots, a wide belt, derby hat, walking stick and eye makup out to the bars. Apparently he got I can only imagine what kind of attention and thought he looked pretty good (he was drinking a lot that year). It was such a success he put on the same costume for many a weekend binge throughout the winter. Did I mention he weighed about 90 lbs and looked like a skull on a stick? I wonder what he remembers when he thinks back on his college days.
About what year? I seem to remember several Clockwork Orange costumes.

One night before holloween the house I lived in had a party (Cider spiked with grain alcohol). One couple apparantly got their dates mixed up and showed up in costume and they were the only ones. The girl wasn't too happy.
 

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Was it capital brewery. My friend was the bar manager there the last 3 years until he quit last week...

I am so mad at him. I haven't bought a beer for my place in the last 2 years...
 

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Re: Re: vamp and toga vs mime

Tranplanner said:


Did you see "That '70s Show" last week?
That was a funny episode...

And I actually dressed up as a catholic school girl when I was an intern at the City of Davis... I was actually more covered than my usual garb (like kneesocks as opposed to sandals/no socks), and I got more comments than any other halloween costume. Glad you reminded me... that's an easy one to do, and it gets results! ;)
 

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My favorite Halloween story is the fundamentalist church a few years ago that sponsored a "Hell House" on Halloween. They had, for example, a "Young Homosexual" suffering in the pits for his ungodly perversions, an unwed mother, a drug addict, etc.

Quite controversial, needless to say!
 
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Re: Re: Re: vamp and toga vs mime

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That was a funny episode...

And I actually dressed up as a catholic school girl when I was an intern at the City of Davis... I was actually more covered than my usual garb (like kneesocks as opposed to sandals/no socks), and I got more comments than any other halloween costume. Glad you reminded me... that's an easy one to do, and it gets results! ;)
I spent 12 yeasr in those uniforms! I REFUSE to wear penny loafers to this very day.
 

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When cosrtumes go bad

I wasnt sure if I should post this here or in the cameltoe thread....
 

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A group of friends and myself went as the Ramones one year in Madison, WI. Leather jackets, black wigs, Chuck Taylors. It was great, especially when people would yell "Hey- Its the Ramones"

The only problem was that whenever we seperated, people thought we were Howard Stern.
 

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Re: When cosrtumes go bad

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I wasnt sure if I should post this here or in the cameltoe thread....
I think we could have lived without it in either case.
 
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Halloween is just so far off my radar - we're not dressing up, didn't decorate the house, haven't even bought candy for the trick or treaters yet. We were going to make jack-o-laterns, but went away last weekend. we're such halloween losers. maybe tomorrow night i'll pick up some pumpkins for the front porch.
 

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KMateja said:
Halloween is just so far off my radar - we're not dressing up, didn't decorate the house, haven't even bought candy for the trick or treaters yet. We were going to make jack-o-laterns, but went away last weekend. we're such halloween losers. maybe tomorrow night i'll pick up some pumpkins for the front porch.
Didn't do any of that either. I vacated the house, sat in a bar and shot pool and watched ESPN.

I guess that makes us Hallow-weenies, Kel.
 

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I don't "do" Halloween anymore, got really tired of it. I think we're going to go to a bar this year and drink beer- that's scary enough.
 
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I'm sure that once we have kids, I'll be much more into the spirit. Or counting the days until they're old enough to take themselves trick or treating. Or don't kids do that anymore?
 

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I'm pretty sure they still do... I asked my next door neighbour how many kids they had last year so I could figure out how much candy to buy. Her answer? 300! And this is an area where it's way below freezing by Halloween. The kids must all go as popsicles or something. I love Halloween... last year in Vancouver, WA I only got about 20 kids, so this year ought to be a blast.
 

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I live in a condo tower - they don't allow trick or treating in the halls. Instead, they have a little party in the common room.

I think this year I'll actually be over at my brother's place in the evening - I think they get quite a few kids on Halloween.
 

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One year...

I dressed up like a scarecrow and sat on the front porch with only the porch light on... with a big bowl of candy and a sign that read:

PLEASE TAKE ONE PIECE, PLEASE

Then waited for the greedy....

"HEY! THE SIGN SAYS TO TAKE ONE! CAN'T YOU READ?!"

Man... kids sure can jump high!
 

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Giff came to work in drag today... and he feels FABULOUS!
 

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giff dude anything we need to know? come on its ok to come out to your buds

tonight i will be a greek goddess *busts out laughing* i had a toga made, a golden crown of laurel leaves etc.

should be intresting.
 

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A frienf of mine is dressing as drag, with a blow up doll on each hip, and going as "Charlies Angels"

Should be ummm interesting.
 
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