Halloween costumes of years past.

  • 1998–Twister (Twister board as toga, spinning device as mortar board.) Party at Craig and Satina’s. Car shot with automatic rifle sometime in the middle of the night. Fortunately, I’m not in it and no one got hurt.
  • 1999–Costume? This is the one year I can’t remember. I blame it on PTSD from the previous party at Craig and Satina’s, where it was held again this year, but in their new house. That’s what I should have gone as–PTSD.
  • 2000–Group project with KJ (my sister, Paige) and co as The Monkey Wrench Gang. Party at Mary Anne’s. Halfway through, KJ and I realized we should have gone as The Blair Witch Project. If only we’d brought our video camera. Erik was Private Ryan.
  • 2001–Martha Stewart. I came prepared with edible scary treats marshmallow and licorice spiders, scary dismembered hands made from gloves and popcorn and other Stewarty like crafty-foods. I wore a button down Oxford. Party at Kate’s. Erik was Hank Williams.
  • 2002–Lemon Fresh Scent. Shorts and shirt adorned with lemons–car scent tree hanging from neck. Lemon drops in pockets. Kate again hosts. Kate’s porch suffers from too much fun.
  • 2003–The Drought–sand glued to dusty clothes, empty water bottles dragging behind like so many ghostly chains from a Christmas Carol. Party at Rebecca L.’s.
  • 2004–Binicula. Party at Erik’s friend’s house. No one gets the bunny ears and vampire teeth.
  • 2005–Stuccoe’d O’er with Quadrepeds. Zoe, newly born, goes as one of the quadrapeds (a lamb) other four-legged Beanie Babies pinned to outfit. No one gets the Whitman reference. I send a photo to my dissertation director.
  • 2006–The Forest Floor. Again with the safety pins. Amanita muscaria of red felt with white dots and fall leaves stuck to me. Zoe goes as a bear. I carry her to make the sense of floor more (or possibly less) clear.
  • 2007–The Michigan Real Estate Market–Cheap and Easy. Blue eye shadow. Glitter. A sign (safety pin) on my bum reading “Price Reduced.”
  • 2008—Today’s Mail. Junk mail safety-pinned to clothes.
  • 2009—VW Volkswagen Bug (very pregnant).  VW emblem necklace, fairy wings.
  • 2010—Twister (again! But this time with crazy hair and spinning. Like a tornado. Or a movie).  (Erik was big Labowski.)
  • 2011—Black Box Theater (mime face. Carry around a box of Black Box wine.)
  • 2012—Bi-polar (a north sign on one hand, a south sign on the other. Plus half day of the dead face. I hope)
  • 2013—Woodsy the Owl—owl wings from kite, garbage bin with “Don’t be a Litter Bug” taped to a garbage can.
  • 2014—Hans and Franz
  • 2015—The NonfictioNOW conference bags.
  • 2016—Caged Free Eggs.
  • 2017—The Ghost of Elections Past (white wig, white face, raven, voter registration forms)
  • 2018—Black Box Theater (Box of wine. White face.)
  • 2019—Didn’t dress up.
  • 2020—Great British baking show—I was Noel, Erik was Paul Hollywood, Max was Sandi, Zoe was Mel.
  • 2021—Max and me, Zoom windows, Zoe and Max, Peanut butter and jellyfish. Erik Dan. Later, Zoe wore her pink onesie with Erik’s “Dan” nametag

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