Thursday, October 17, 2013

Super

I freaking love Halloween.

I love the cool fall weather, colorful fallen leaves, pumpkins carved into wide-toothed, smiling faces, witches and ghosts and goblins decorating homes, and as always, the huge baskets of candy around every corner, individually wrapped for ease of snacking and giving out as treats on that one night a year where it is perfectly acceptable for people of every age and socioeconomic status to walk around neighborhoods and beg for food.

It’s pretty much all about the candy.

Every year at Halloween my husband and I dress up.  We come up with a costume idea and run with it, scouring thrift stores for those just-right pieces that typify the theme, amassing each part of the costume over the weeks before Halloween until the day arrives that we can triumphantly wear it.

Okay.  I do this all by myself.  My husband has no say and is almost no help in any of it.  What a slacker.

But he is a good sport and never balks at anything I ask him to wear, whether a wig or a bald cap or a pair of my shorts.

We’ve been Popeye and Olive Oyl, Black Widow and Nick Fury, Michael Jackson and Boy George, an awkward hooker and Lieutenant Dangle, punk rockers.

This year, we are called to be Superheroes.

Now, most Superhero costumes have at their core a bodysuit and leggings.  Now, look.  I am not against wearing leggings for any occasion, but I kind of want something to cover up all that I am and all that I have.  My husband would agree, I think.  We’ve seen each other in snug-fitting underthings and I think a measure of modesty would be good for everyone involved.  So I think we will make up our own Superheroes and dress the part.  Most of the fun about Halloween costumes is that you can do anything you want.  Costumes are bound only by your imagination and creativity.

And time.  It is October 17, and I haven’t come up with a good idea yet.

So I am going to bring it to the blog, in the hope that someone out there can help me.  Help me, please?

So far, here are my not-so-good ideas:

Super Models.  So easy!  It gives me a chance to go shopping for something fabulous.  And we could wear capes.

Captain Underpants.  Hilarious for my husband, who would wear a pair of tightie-whities over pants.  Not so funny for me.  Is there a female counterpart?

Super Tampons.  I’ve seen this costume before.  Next.

Super Stars.  Brangelina?  Are they even relevant anymore?

Super Mario Brothers.  It’s been done, people.  And I can’t grow a mustache between now and Halloween.

Super 8.  This is a type of video camera.  And a pretty awesome movie.  Clearly I’m grasping here.

You see my dilemma.  If you can think of some type of Superhero costume that my husband and I could do that doesn’t involve head-to-toe spandex, please let me know in the comments section below and I will do my best to create your idea.  And if your idea is chosen, YOU WIN!

What do you win?  My gratitude.  And if you’re lucky, I will post a picture of us in a later post.

Just know that you are trying to top this:

We won best costume that year.  Aren't we the dorkiest cutest?

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This post inspired by:

Mama’s Losin’ It

Prompt #2: 
If you were dressing up for Halloween this year, 
what would you be going as, and why?

44 comments:

  1. I'm thinking you should be super tampons just because I would like to see what that looks like as costumes.

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  2. Olive Oyl and Popeye are AWESOME!!! Not surprised that you won :)

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    1. Thanks! That was our best costume so far. It was a few years ago, too, and I'm always trying to top it. Sadly, this year I don't think I've left myself enough time to attempt a better one. :(

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  3. Ken and Barbie in side-by-side boxes. Fred and Wilma. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Okay, they are "super" costumes. Not sure why YOU are afraid of a bodysuit. You could totally pull that off :)

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    1. I like the Rapunzel and Flynn Rider one. I always wanted to be a princess.

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  4. Andrea, you are letting me down here!! I came here in hopes of finding you brimming with ideas for me!! :) You're the queen of this stuff, while I'm the hater-but-participating-anyway... And I'm kinda freaking out...Luke decided he wants to go to Trunk or Treat, (in 2 days) and I've.got.nuthin. *sigh* Would it be really really wrong to pretend I forgot? It at least buys me a couple more weeks...

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    1. Halloween is coming, and I don't have anything, either. At this point I'm thinking we will be "Super Lame."

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  5. I love that picture! And I am absolutely no help, because I don't like Halloween and I have never dressed up for it. But - my former boss dressed up as Dog the Bounty Hunter one time and his wife as Dog's wife and that was pretty awesome. No superhero, though... Sorry and good luck :)

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    1. Thanks! I've seen those Bounty Hunter costumes floating around the internet - they ARE funny. Thanks too for the luck - I'm gonna need it.

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  6. Super size fries and a large Coke? Super bowl? Soup or salad? Super 8 hotels? Super Grover? Super Why? Super hits from the 70s, 80s? Super doppler?

    Clearly I'm not great at this.

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    1. Okay, so you've given me a couple of good ideas here. They are kind of what I was thinking. I love Super Grover!

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  7. Maybe you could go as superfoods, like kale and beets, or broccoli and beans. Or if you'd like to be an actual superhero without spandex, you might want to consider going as two of the teenage mutant ninja turtles. Those turtle costumes might ask for a little more effort, but if I would love to see what you come up with if you decide to use this idea. :)

    I paid a visit through Mama Kat's and I really enjoyed this post!

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    1. I thought of the Turtles, too, but the costumes would be tough to pull off. I like the Super Foods idea, too! Thanks for stopping in!

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  8. I LOVE your Olive Oyl and Popeye costume! It took me a long time to get my boyfriend to do a couples costume with me. Last year, we were the terrifying killers from the movie "The Strangers" and a few years before that we were Sugar Daddy and Sugar babies. They were easy, and store bought, but also, not our proudest. You could dress as aliens or something of the sort and be SUPER NATURAL

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    1. Thank you!! I love the Super Natural idea. Aliens!!

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  9. OMG you are the cutest Olive Oyl ever. And whatever you pick, I'm sure it's going to be awesome! My husband would rather remove an eye than dress in theme costumes. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Kristin! I loved that costume. Plus it was so comfortable - I wore slippers to mimic her huge feet. Be thankful your husband won't dress up - that might not be as bad as mine, who wants to dress up but puts zero effort into coming up with the costume!

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  10. Great picture! If you wanted to do Superman and Lois Lane without the spandex, your husband could dress as Clark Kent and just wear a button-down shirt that's left open just enough to see the "Superman" underneath.

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    1. That is a good idea! I love it. And I could totally do Lois Lane.

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  11. Oh my goodness, you guys are cute! I'm horrible at coming up with brilliant Halloween ideas.

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! The past few years have been tough for me, too. Themes can be hard!

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  12. I love forcing my husband to dress up with me too! Last year we were Fred and Daphne from Scooby Doo...I mail it to you! ;)

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    1. Secretly he loved it, didn't he? I know mine does. Except for when I do eyeliner. He still whines about eyeliner. I love the Fred and Daphne idea!!

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  13. Those are great costumes! I love the Superhero concept and I totally want to win but I'm lacking ideas. Super Bowl? I like the Lois Lane/Clark Kent idea.

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    1. Super Bowl sounds fun but I'd be afraid that people would toss their trash into my costume all night. :)

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  14. If it were my husband and I, we would roll up as Super Boring Old Farts Who Did Not Dress Up. :)
    You could go as Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum! (Project Runway on my mind)

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    1. SUCH a good idea! PR is one of my favorite shows. Both Heidi and Tim are Super Fabulous.

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  15. How wonderful that you and your husband do couples costumes! Adorable!

    Maybe you could go as a Pilgrims, like the made out of construction paper, elementary school craft project kind of Pilgrims.

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    1. I love it! They were the original Super Heroes, weren't they?

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  16. Super tampons... that I've gotta see!!

    Your costumes last year were adorbs.

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    1. Thank you! Sadly, I think Super Tampons are out of the running. It's not you, it's me. :)

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  17. You need to both be Honey Boo Boo. Boom. Done.

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    1. Awesome! I always thought she was Super in her own special way.

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  18. You guys are an amazing Popeye and Olive Oyl. I'm sure you will come up with something equally fabulous for this year. You could just create your own super heroes based on personality traits - for example, I would be Super Neurotic Girl ;)

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    1. Made up Superheroes are a great idea - I love it! As Super Neurotic Girl, you could dress up like Woody Allen.

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  19. Love Popeye and Olive Oyl! That is so cute!
    I am no good at costume ideas at all. I am pretty much stuck in a cat and witch costume rut.

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    1. Thanks Kim! Cats and witches can be amazing, and I've never been either.

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  20. I love Jennifer's idea of super sizing!

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    1. All we need are those inflatable Sumo Wrestler suits.

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  21. Um . . . how about . . .

    oh gosh. I got nuthin.

    Nothing.

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  22. Yeah, I'm useless here. My costume of choice is a witch...don't even have to dress up!

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