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This year, we decided on our costumes a little later than usual. We were honestly starting to panic that we wouldn't have enough time to put together anything very impressive. We have quite a reputation to live up to at this point. ;)
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With one week left before I reveal our 2016 Halloween costumes, it's time for one final batch of past costumes.
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2014! If I can get in one more entry of this before Halloween, I'll be able to proceed at a nice leisurely pace of one post per year. ;)
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2013's costume choices arose from my discovery of this lovely website. A wide array of costuming ideas that don't devolve into the usual short-skirted, low-necklined, objectifying insults to all women everywhere? Hooray!
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In 2012 Mark wanted a Halloween costume that had a chance of winning the teacher costume contest at his school (the students aren't allowed to do costumes, but the teachers found a loophole with a contest that doubles as a fundraiser). So we brainstormed a while and finally decided to do a pair of monsters from Greek mythology - a minotaur and Medusa.
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I love Halloween, but I don't usually venture much into the gruesome and macabre aspect of the holiday. I just like wearing elaborate costumes. Mark is of a similar mind, for the most part, but sometimes he really enjoys playing the part of something monstrous. So in 2011, we decided to compromise and let him be something beastly that I, a mad scientist, had created.
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It's been a while since I've done one of these, probably because 2009 wasn't a particularly exciting year for costumes, so I haven't been super enthusiastic to write about it. But I'll just go ahead and do two years today.
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I've been rather remiss in blogging lately, both here and on my other blog, for a number of reasons. The first and most dramatic is that the frequency of Luke's aggressive episodes has spiked so abruptly that he went from perhaps one or two meltdowns a week to once or twice daily. It's exhausting, somewhat terrifying, and occupying a lot of my mental space even when he's at school. We're taking a number of measures to try to improve the situation, but as with most things in life, none of them are instantaneous. So, there's that.

Meanwhile, when I do have Luke-free time, I tend to bury myself in my Les Starwarbles hobby. Whether that's a healthy coping mechanism or not, I have no idea, but I'm almost done in any case. Episode VI should be finished in just a few days! Then, I don't know. I'm sure another time-sucking obsession will present itself. ;) Finally, as far as the other blog is concerned, I haven't had a topic grab me enough to write a whole entry about it, though I'm well aware that I've barely scratched the surface of exploring women in speculative fiction. When my brain's a little less fuzzed out, I assume more ideas will come.

But my Halloween costume ideas are ready-made, so here's a nice easy entry to write: the Halloween when Mark and I went thrift-store shopping to become Dwight and Angela from The Office.
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For Mother's Day of 2007, Mark bought me a sewing machine. I was very happy to refresh all those sewing skills that had lain dormant for years. And by October, I was sure I was ready for a challenge.

It was slightly more challenging than expected.



My costume was easy - someone had given me the dress; I can't remember the particulars. From my brief stint in my college's medieval club, I knew it wasn't remotely accurate to the vaguely Renaissance-y/Middle Ages style it was attempting, but I was willing to forgive that for its convenience. Meanwhile, I was in way over my head with the pattern we'd picked out for my husband's matching costume. The hat alone had me in fits. The ribbon work was tedious and took forever. I never did quite get the button holes right. But in the end, we weren't going anywhere that would put my work under close scrutiny, so it was enough. And I could be reasonably proud of it, mistakes notwithstanding. Since Mark started working at a wizard-themed summer camp last year, he's been able to reuse the tunic as part of his counselor's costume. Convenient!

So who were we portraying, exactly? Possibly a generic medievalish couple. Possibly Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn - and as I was noticeably pregnant with Ryan, there was a gleefully macabre aspect to that choice.

As for the kids, Emma decided she wanted to use last year's Cowardly Lion costume for its intended purpose - a monkey. We figured we could make Luke another animal so they were still kind of themed. Sewing a white oval onto a black robe was ridiculously easy after Mark's costume. I just love how solemn they look.



A little over a month later, Ryan came along, and we've been five ever since. :)
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A short one today. It seems I need time to recover from everyone rattling around the house for a week during spring break. And I still haven't managed to shake nearly two months of sore throat/coughing, in spite of the medicine the doctor gave me and the (what feels like) gallons of honey water I'm drinking. I don't even really like honey. Uccch.

Anyway....2006 was a pretty simple year for costumes. We chose a Wizard of Oz theme. It was a good Halloween for finding stuff at the thrift store.
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For Emma's first Halloween, we thought it would be fun to have a fairy tale theme. We found a little pointed princess hat and paired it with one of her frilly dresses, made a very simple knight costume for Luke, and put together wizard and fairy costumes for Mark and me with a just a few accessories from the costume store.
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Luke's first Halloween marked what is probably our most ordinary set of costumes, so I'll cover those quickly, then move on to the next year.
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In October of 2002, we had our first Halloween as a married couple. Deciding on our costumes was, of course, a matter of utmost importance. ;) We contemplated using our handmaiden and Maul costumes yet again, but ultimately decided it was time for something new. And since I'd done that fandom two years in a row and he'd done it three, we figured we'd better try a different theme. True, our mutual obsession with Star Wars was basically the thing that brought us together at the start, but there was more to us than that - other geeky fandoms, even!
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Apropos of nothing other than wanting a topic to write about (in addition to my extremely niche songwriting hobby), I've decided to talk about my Halloween costumes. I love the holiday, I love coming up with a new costume every year, and I've especially enjoyed coordinating with my husband ever since we've been a couple. I'm far from an expert seamstress or costume-maker, so I thought it would be fun to explore how I've come up with each costume using only my amateur skills.
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