I thought it’d be fun to do an updated post about all of our Halloween Costumes over the years. I made one a couple of years ago, and I’ve looked back at it (and linked people to it) several times since! So let’s do an update!
We’re pretty big Halloween nerds, and ever since we met, Tod & I have been outdoing ourselves year after year. We usually dress up as characters from comics, video games, movies and TV shows, and we typically go overboard trying to nail down every last detail.
2003: Tank Girl & Booga
In 2003, Tod & I were dating long-distance, and met up in Vegas with a bunch of friends for the (ill-fated) Las Vegas Comic Con.
2004: Beetlejuice & Lydia
For Halloween 2004, Tod & I were living together in San Diego and we went as Beetlejuice & Lydia. Fun Fact: Beetlejuice only actually wears the stripey suit for about 40 seconds in the movie. But this was a fun year. I think Halloween was on a Sunday or Monday, so we ended up going out all weekend long in costume.
2005: Bjork & H.I. McDunnah
In 2005, Tod and I had just gotten married, and were living in “the YAC-partment,” a 400 square foot attic apartment in Lansing, MI. I went as Bjork, and Tod reprised his role as H.I.McDunnah from Raising Arizona.
2006: Katamari Damacy
Halloween 2006, we were in Richmond, VA, and we went as The King of the Cosmos and the Prince from the video game, Katamari Damacy. This was the year that we learned that giant cardboard heads do not make for a fun time at a party. But we looked awesome!
2007: Milk Chan & Dirk the Daring
Halloween 2007: I was Milk Chan from the cartoon Super Milk Chan (which no one ever saw.) I'm a tiny bit pregnant here, but couldn't think of any fun pregnant costumes to do that year (and didn't really have enough of a belly yet anyway.) Tod was Dirk the Daring, from the video game Dragon's Lair.
2008: Mario, Toad (and Dwight)
For Halloween 2008, Jonah was about 6 months old. I went as Mario and dressed him up as Toad from Super Mario Bros. We just pulled the little Toad vest out of the costume box the other day and couldn’t believe how tiny he was. (PS: Mamas: the overalls this was the best costume ever, because I was still nursing & still had baby-weight!) Tod went as Dwight Schrute, from The Office, complete with the stapler in Jell-O.
2009: Skeletor, He-man & She-ra
For Halloween 2009, we went as Skeletor, He-man and She-ra. Jonah was a fussy little He-Man, and Tod & I rocked what is probably our most detailed costume to date – I sewed everything & Tod made us all cardboard swords & sculpted his Skeletor mask (it glows in the dark!!)
2010: Beaver Boy, Scott & Ramona
2010 was the first year that Jonah picked out his own costume, he wanted to be “Beaver Boy” from the PBS Show, Peep & The Big Wide World. Tod & I went as Ramona Flowers & Scott Pilgrim.
2011: Scooby-Doo, Margot & Richie
This year, I got off easy: Jonah’s costume didn’t require much sewing (actually, most of it is just his Beaver Boy costume with some spots & a new hat & tail.) He’s going as Scooby-Doo.
Jonah’s costume was timely this year, since my sister Jordan and her husband, Theo went as Velma and Shaggy, and their friends went as Daphne and Fred. We went to Theo’s parents’ Halloween Party on Saturday and had so much fun. Don’t they all look great?
Here are Tod & I as Margot & Richie Tennenbaum from The Royal Tennenbaums. As I said, I sort of got the year off this year – I didn’t have to sew anything for our costumes – this was all out of our closet & costume box.