LG and I held a Halloween costume party -- "costumes absolutely required". We threatened to provide embarrassing costumes for anyone who did not show up in costume. No one (attempted to) call our bluff, so some guests believe we really were just bluffing. We let them wallow in their suspicions, and say: just try it next year! In the meantime, there were lots and lots of fun costumes...
LG the Witch:
Oliver the Grump:
Sylvia the Witch:
Not pictured yet: Thing 3 (Isaak) (at least, not his face), 50s Girl (Christy).
We had a costume contest with prizes in several categories. Everyone voted to determine the winners. Here are complete results of the voting:
We added a special category on the costume prize ballots: "If there is someone whose costume is outstanding in some way, but doesn't quite fit in any of our categories, nominate them here:"
|The Things||Just cute|
|Things 1, 2 & 3||Cutest member|
|Lisa the Witch||Because she's the host and I feel obligated to vote for her|
|Lisa the Witch||Excellent makeup|
|George (the Crow)||Sexiest|
|Batman||Batman is cool!|
|(no one named)||Pretty much everyone did a good job!|
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LG made these ghosts.
. . . I made the lighted wireframe ghost and gravestones.
We both carved pumpkins.
. We both decorated the cookies. The spiderweb idea came from a magazine, although I added the spider myself.
I had to go all the way to Decatur (about 30 miles) for dry ice, because the local supplier ran out.
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All of the answers to the quiz could be obtained by carefully examining the decorations and food at the party. A few of them can even be discerned by close scrutinization of the party pix above. A couple of them were slightly devious, but not too bad, we thought.
It turned out that no one got all 10 right, but there were two entries that scored 9 out of 10. By popular vote, The Avengers were given the prize over the other entrant who scored 9, mostly because they (The Avengers) were still at the party.
The correct answers were: 3; Ned and Stu; 8; The Princess Bride; Screamin' J. Hawk; 5; 14; the upstairs closet; moon, ghost, and pumpkin; and Mavis.
Our favorite answers were Showerboy's: 16,284; Mel Brooks and Jimmy Carter; 46; Back to the Future II; Tim; 78; 37; Washington, D.C.; bowling balls, curling irons, and cookies; and the third drummer in Spinal Tap.