Going to my hometown in Iowa for Halloween has turned in to an accidental tradition – we happened to be there in 2010, and decided to go out to the bars with my siblings and mom. We had so much fun that we went back in 2011 and 2012 in themed group costumes, and did the same this past weekend. It’s so fun to dress up as a theme with a group – we really get a kick out of the response from other bar goers.
This year was a bit different.
But first! Our theme!
Wench #3, Deck Boy, Captain Todd, Wench #1, Wench #2 and First Mate/Billy Gay Cyrus
Okay, okay. I have to admit, I was inspired:
I SUCK at coming up with costume ideas. Just plain suck. And we start thinking about it really early in the year. Steven and I always hope to do something culturally relevant/current, and it never works out, hence “Mariachi” band in 2011, gorilla and bananas in 2012, and pirates in 2013. If we can’t be culturally current, we can be fun, right?
Luckily, Christina and Will were able to make it this year! We missed them in 2012. And Christina is super crafty, so, huge bonus to have her in our group! Hee hee. Christina and I went through a few iterations of costume ideas (with her doing
most all of the research), and when we decided we didn’t have enough time/energy to make something… we went with the next best thing. Store bought. Ha ha.
most all of the hard work, collecting things at Goodwill and various other places. I ordered a parrot. And somehow, was lucky enough to have Bobbi gift me a BUNCH of new pirate stuff! I love her.
I wasn’t sure how it would all come together, but had COMPLETE trust in Christina. We all just left it to her to style us, and she did a great job. I was really excited with how the costumes turned out!
And let’s not forget that my brothers came out in costume too…
Gah, they crack me up. Here’s the whole group, including Amber (Fresh Step’s wife), our WIT (Wench In Training) and my grandma (who stayed home in case anyone needed to be bailed):
Alright. Enough freakin’ intro. So why was this year so different? Well, in the past, we’ve left the house around 8:30 pm, and we go to several bars and enjoy seeing everyone in costume (and they’re usually out that early!). That is a lot of the fun of going out – people watching! I hardly even drink (I had one drink the whole night, this year).
This year, we got out about 9:30 pm, and… nada. Hardly ANYONE was dressed up. And it was later in the evening, already! Sigh. The bad thing is, Christina and Steven both asked me about this – if I thought other people would be dressed up this past weekend. In my mind, yes! The weekend before Halloween is the one to dress up and go out. Not the weekend after! But, I guess that was the plan, for a lot of people. We saw a few signs that said “costume party Nov 2.” Um, no, I will be listening to holiday music then. Thankyouverymuch.
Would you ever dress up for a Halloween party that was after Oct 31?
Christina explained to me that we were in a college town, and the college kids drink at home, then go out to the bars later* (so that they spend less money overall). She said we just needed to wait. She could see local people on her Facebook feed, in costume. They were out there! Somewhere! Ha ha. But I turned in to a pumpkin. After hanging out at a bar so loud I couldn’t hear the person next to me talk, I was kind of done. Which is sad, because Christina was right! When we were outside between 11:30-midnight, all the costumed people were coming out, and we started getting some fun comments on our costumes.
Now you all know – I am a party pooper.
Sigh. You probably already knew!
I still had a blast! Getting ready is a HUGE part of the fun! We all meet at my Grandma’s to assemble our costumes and hang out and eat pizza before we go.
Spending that time with my parents, siblings, and grandma is a treat. It’s rare that we are all together, just hangout out and goofing around like this.
So. I will hopefully be back next year. Halloween will be on a Friday. Does that mean we have to get there early so we can go out on Friday? Does that mean the 5K I do won’t be the same weekend?! AHH! Decisions! Running always trumps… right?!
Hee hee hee. So I have seen a lot of comments from people who think Halloween is stupid and dressing up is lame. What do you think? I never started doing it, as an adult, until 2010. And man, we have a blast. It’s so fun to hang out and see everyone’s costumes!
*And they probably go out on 10/31, as well.