Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween through the ages

If you've been a faithful reader, it should come as no surprise to you that Halloween, a day when you can dress up, act ridiculous, and eat lots of candy is one of my favorite days of the year. Moving to Baltimore in 2005 was an excellent strategic move in that respect, because the entire city takes it as seriously as I do. For the first four years, I lived downtown, in Fells Point. On Halloween, it's unheard of to see even a single person in regular clothes, and it's rare even to see store bought costumes. Everyone has elaborate, creative, impressive costumes. 

It's my blog, so I wanted to take a trip down memory lane of my Halloweens in Baltimore.
My first year here, before I'd met Eric. We actually went trick or treating this year. For my real life friends who are reading, guess which of these 80s divas insisted on that?
 Believe it or not, Eric was actually working when this picture was taken. I was supposed to be a Hoochie Hoodrat.The bar Eric works at had an army theme that year.
Pippi Longstocking. Not as good as the costume my mom made me when I was 6, but still impressive.
 Our most popular costume of all time, hands down. A Peeping Tom and a woman in the shower. Can you tell I even have a spout with "water"? Eric stayed up all night to finish it. Plus, any time I get to go out to bars in a bathrobe is a win for me.
 Even though I was down the entire week before Halloween with Swine Flu, we still managed to throw this together.

Get it?
This one was a little more obscure, but we were basically acting out my favorite song ever, Baby Got Back. Eric was Sir Mix-A-Lot, and I was the girl with the big butt. Even though I really provide that on my own, I used some cotton balls to really drive the point home.

Now you have some context to understand why it broke my heart this year that grad school, regular school, and running marathons took over our lives and we didn't get any Halloween costumes prepared. Eric was so busy working he didn't even join us in Fells Point last night. Which was just as well, because nobody got the memo that it was Halloween weekend, and you are supposed to dress up. Luckily, as I've mentioned many times before, it takes a lot to embarrass me, and this was far from doing the trick.

I met Casi, Carolyn, and John for pad thai to carb up before making the rounds in our costumes. While we waited for our food, we had a photo shoot in the restaurant. See what I mean about how "embarrassment" doesn't affect me?

Kip, from Napoleon Dynamite
Here's the real deal - how great is that costume?

Elmo did this to himself, no lie
And snap!
Katy Perry, thrown together at the last minute. I already had the Elmo.

 Since I was already wearing heels and had broken every other "pre-marathon" rule in the book, I almost threw all caution to the wind and started drinking. But, I played it safe and stuck to water. I did pretend to take this shot though, then pour it into John's beer glass so I could take the cute free shot glass home.

Things have really changed from how we used to party back in the day. Instead of stumbling home at 2am when the bars closed, we made sure to end our drinking (well, my water drinking) in time to get frozen yogurt before the shop closed. 
Actually, Carolyn just looks like she fell asleep in front of the shop.

We were devastated to discover the hours had changed for fall and we were too late, so we just went home.   I thought I was going to have some chocolate when I got home, but I barely got my wig and heels off before I passed out. If I'm too tired for dessert, that's really the highest level of tiredness for me.

The high for Washington, DC tomorrow is now 47, which drastically alters my outfit plan for tomorrow's marathon. That is to say, I currently am freaking out because I don't have one. rudely just informed me it is supposed to feel like 26 when I arrive at the start. At least it won't be snowing, like today.

Eric, being the ever thoughtful husband that he is, brought me these from Costco. I'm bringing at least two throwaway layers and a garbage bag. 

Do you dress up for Halloween?  If so, what's your costume this year?

Any advice for running a marathon when the weather is below freezing?


  1. You put my pathetic attempts at costumes to shame. Your shower/peeping tom combo is honestly incredible.
    I haven't dressed up in a few years...not since the college/slut costume days.

  2. great costumes! you are far more creative then me!

    i ran philly a few years ago and the temp at the starting line was 15 degrees (no lie)! i wore crops, a tank, and a long sleeve dri-fit over-the-head-zip-up on top. i felt comfortable throughout the race. i did have those hand and feet warmers though. i threw away the feet warmers before the race started but held onto the hand warmers and chucked them around mile 4. also, wear 2 trash bags - 1 on top and 1 on bottom. they keep you unbelievable toasty. and they look ridiculous...but it's halloween, right?!?! GOOD LUCK!

  3. Your baby got back costume made me laugh out loud. Can you run with that butt? Please?

    I'm a little worried about using all of my energy on shivering before the race even starts tomorrow.

  4. LOVE all your costumes over the years! I'm not sure I could pick a favorite if I had to. Have a great weekend!

  5. You freaking LOVE halloween!! I actually never really liked halloween as a kid. Not a fan of dressing up. I like to see the kids dress up, though, so it's fun that I'm now actually an adult and get trick or treaters at the house.

  6. Love the costumes! Very creative and original! We got married on Halloween day. I'd say that was the only day I wore a costume in my adult years. I need to get back to that!

    Good luck tomorrow! Maybe the cold will make you run faster!

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  8. Great costumes over the years. Big points for creativity. As a fan of Baby got Back, I do love that costume. Also like your friend Kip - well done. Good luck tomorrow...if this is what it's like now, I'm nervous about what it will be like for my half on November 20th! I need to pull out my winter running gear tonight.

  9. Pippi Longstocking!! LOVE IT

    Also, umm...the shower costume is genius! You are one creative couple.

    I'm interested in seeing what you all will wear for the marathon. I am still not sure what to get for Winter running...and for the 15k in DC. Brrrrr.

  10. oh my gosh these are too funny! i love them all, you guys are too creative!

  11. Wow, these costumes are crazy amazing! I wish I was that creative!

  12. YES love your costumes!! And i was Pippi Longstocking when I was 7! :)

  13. I NEVER LOL -- maybe laugh on the inside, but never out loud just by reading blogs -- but I LOL'd at the Napolean Dynomite costume. That guy is awesome.

    Also notable: Eric's wheaties costume is off the hook. Katy Perry is a fun one, wish I thought of that....I love the teamwork costumes. THose are the best.


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