Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween Reader Show & Tell!

In my Halloween post I asked you guys to share your costume pics over on the Epbot Facebook page, and I've been blown away by the response. SO MUCH GEEKY GOODNESS! Plus there's something kind of incredible about seeing all these awesome people and realizing, hey, they read my blog! Makes me want to have you all over for cupcakes and a Ghostbusters marathon.


Even just picking out a few of my favorite pics gave me tons of material, so I'm going to let your posts speak for themselves. Last time I edited out the last names, but since these were posted publicly on the Epbot FB page - where names are visible anyway - and since all that editing was a pain, I won't this time. If anyone here doesn't want their name visible, though, just say the word in the comments.

Now, on to the goodness!




 




















And it's hard to choose, of course, but I think Helen's post might be my favorite, because READ HER COMMENT:


Helen, I think I love you.


Now a couple of Halloween crafts:

(She means this tutorial from back in 2010.)




 (It's real metal! Fiona told me later her welder friend made it for her.)




And finally, since I know most of you don't follow me on Twitter, here's how my own Halloween night went:

 (No, he didn't. Maybe next year I can convince him. :D)



The best costume of the night:


And the best moment of the night:


Thanks for helping make my Halloween so happy, everyone! Hope yours was equally amazing.

Oh, and feel free to keep sharing those pics over on Facebook!

32 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I was soooo happy to see somebody did a REAL uni-kitty costume since mine ended up being very "based on". You and all of the EPBOT-ians helped make this a really fun Halloween.

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  2. WOW! Amazing, gorgeous, clever, fantastic costumes, everyone! So nice to see the level of creativity, artistry, and imagination that went into making all these.

    Jen, I bet that Haunted Mansion kid was thrilled to have someone finally recognize his costume. How lucky that he showed up at your door! What did he think of your Haunted Mansion wreath?

    KW

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    1. I think he approved! I didn't let him get many words in edgewise, though, since I was fangirling over his costume so hard. ;)

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  3. Unikitty is a fantastic idea! I love how that turned out!

    My favorite trick or treater this year was a tiny purple and black fairy (2 1/2 years old at most) who saw the full-size candy bars in our candy basket, which I'd set on the ground in front of her, and just started SHOVELING them into her plastic pumpkin with a very business-like look on her face. Her mother and I just stared at her for a few seconds and then burst out laughing. Her mom said "she didn't do this at any other houses!" and scooped her up, and the kid just smiled back at me. It was hilarious.

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  4. Our favorite was a little guy who, instead of knocking or ringing bell, just stood on the porch hollering, "Ding dong! DING DONG!!"

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  5. "... Did you see", oh, that's so cute.

    We had one who took the candy, and then tried to give it back. Too many sharing lessons. :)

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  6. Seeing me and my son up there just totally made my day. We are the death eaters. My son and I had small battles as we walked to houses. We kept yelling curses at each other and waving our wands. Totally fun. My daughters walked quite a few paces behind us.....Not sure why..... The thing is, I suffer from major self esteem issues and anxiety. I have never dressed up, and was extremely nervous. But once I got out there, it was really fun. I can see doing it again, for sure.

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  7. My little Super Elsa is home sick today and it just made her day that you put her picture in your post. :) Everyone had such amazing costumes!! And your story about the little girl dressed as a hot dog? TOO sweet.

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  8. I had one Treater who came up wearing a T-shirt like you see here:
    http://www.zazzle.ca/hello_my_name_is_shirts-235937758066640016

    with the word "Life" written in, she refused to take any candy and handed me a lemon instead then took off. Took me a minute, then I laughed my ahem off!

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    1. I seriously JUST got this, after reading it 5 minutes ago. I am dying. Best. Costume. EVER.

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    2. BAHAHAAA! I want to do this! And instead of actual lemons, you could hand out little boxes of those sour lemon candies. Hee!

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  9. My favorite trick-or-treater was one of the last. I gave out the full size candy bars, 'cause I truly want to be the Queen of Halloween. This year, I added a cooler of little Cokes and little bottles of water.
    He comes to the door, and as I offer the candy, he yells, "Oh my G*D, she has huge candy bars!" Then, offered him the cokes and he flips out. He yells to his Mom, "Oh my G*d! She's gots Cokes! This is the best house EVER!" I totally made my night, and I think my quest to be Queen of Halloween is complete!

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  10. I am drooling, drooling I say over that hobbit house. one day I WILL have a house that is a geeky paradise.
    My nephews were the cutest Totoros ever. so I have to say they were my favorites :)

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  11. Wow! I love every single one! I wish I was craftier/more creative with costuming. I really think the "homemade" costumes look the best. Amazing job, you guys!

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  12. I love Super Elsa!

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  13. (Oh gosh oh gosh)
    I love ya too, Jen.

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    1. I love that you had a Jareth coat you could throw on at the last minute. Jealous!

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    2. I love my coat. It was an Etsy find, and I went to find a link for you, but it looks like the store that sold it doesn't exist anymore. :(

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  14. My son is so excited that his Frodo picture made it on Epbot! Here's some more photos from the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit night: Albertson Halloween House 2014
    The family that put it all together is the Legolas, dwarf, and Bilbo crew - and that's a female dwarf in a home-made costume! Bilbo is their 4th grade daughter who is very proud of her geek status. :) Smaug's mouth moved, and he would talk from time to time. The eye of Sauron was a headlamp that rotated from side to side, making it look like it was really looking over everything. They did an amazing job with it, and we had a totally geeky time greeting trick-or-treaters!
    Now I'm working on my Victoria & Otto costume to wear to the Dickens Faire at Christmas time this year. I don't sew, but I have a friend who loves sewing costumes who is helping me put it all together. My son wants me to find a costume for him, too, but we still haven't come up with a good plan for his yet.

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    1. How about some sort of steampunk-ified Tiny Tim with tricked out crutches à la Lady Vadore's cane? I used to be one of the street performers (a caroler first, then Martha Cratchit two years running) Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin, TN. It was always so much fun. Then one Christmas my mom was watching some Christmas special on the Food Network and started frantically calling me, and sure enough, there we were featured on the show. Good times....

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    2. *AT Dickens of a Christmas (seem to have left that out) Also, the local police department always had a couple of officers in period costumes. Fagan and his band of ruffians would plant stuff on us then steal it so the cops could chase them. :)

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  15. I am so excited to see our picture on here (Umbridge and Luna). My daughter was almost in tears at the end of school because no one knew who she was! She's going to flip when I show her the pic up here!! I feel like Mike Wazowski "I'm on a magazine/EPBOT!!!" :D

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  16. My. Life. Has. Been. Made. :D
    I'm Epbot famous, what more could I ask for? (I'm Padme from the Star Wars family.)
    My babies had SO much fun dressing up and my son was over-the-top excited to get to tell everyone he saw "I'M LUKE SKYWALKER!!!"

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  17. OMIGOSH I'm on Epbot!!! I am cool!

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  18. Thanks for showing our group Wizard of Oz photo. We had a blast on Halloween and everywhere we went, people wanted their picture with us. We all had to make alterations or build pieces for our costumes - I think there was as much fun in the prep as there was in the actual dress-up!

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  19. I love Halloween! I rocked a corset and a red wig at work and when people asked me who I was, I replied, "A cooler version of myself."

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  20. I live in Canada, about 3 1/2 hours north of Toronto. I woke up on Halloween morning to falling snow - we had about a foot of it by the evening. My daughter was too excited to not go out and people were giving her double fist-fulls of candy because there were so few kids out. By the end of the night, I could barely lift her candy bag. I usually dress up with her to go out, but I was too busy being bundled in my snow suit to put on a costume that night.

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  21. I love them all but I LOVE Luna (particularly the glasses and the Quibbler!), the Toothless costume and Super Elsa - so cute!

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  22. Well my costume now seems half-arsed compared to those beauties! And Jen I think I'm not the only one who would be happy for an Epbot night of cupcakes and Ghostbusters (Can this be a thing? And, you know, in the UK at some point? Us British Epboters need some Jen and John too!)

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  23. So this is somewhat off-topic, but inspired by the first couple steampunk shots. I'm in the marching band at my high school, and this year our show was called "Sherlock", partly based off of the BBC show and partly off of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original tales. We had a Holmes and a Watson, as well as a Moriarty represented by the color guard, but we couldn't really pull off the theme. One of our instructors is the biggest nerd, and got the director to agree to having the sideline percussion (all of the percussion instruments either too small or too large to march properly go here) people, including me, dress up as 1860's Londoners, supposedly to help "sell the theme." The moms in charge of uniforms went all out, and for our next regional performance had us dressed in full steampunk fashion. Full length red ballgowns, suits and top hats, pearls and poocketwatches, everyone had their own unique and fabulous costume. I must admit, I wasn't crazy about the idea when us kids first heard about it. Looking back on the season, I think we looked pretty damn good!

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  24. Is it OK if I brag a little? I don't have a picture, but I'd like to brag a teeny bit, please please...at least about my mom who helped make my costume. I went as Starlett O'Hara from the Carol Burnett skit Went with the Wind. So, pink dress (which was my grandmother's from the '40s), hoop skirt, and the green curtains complete with curtain rod. It was glorious, if slightly difficult to wear. No trick-or-treating for me, but I did win the costume contest at work!

    I'm not sure what it says about my family that I had most of these pieces already in my wardrobe and just had to buy fabric and fringe for the curtains. My mom is awesome, though. She made the curtains from scratch, without a pattern. She looked at the video and said, no problem. She's super talented like that.

    Jen, you remind me of her in that way...that you can just figure it out and have it look awesome, no matter what crafty thing you're working on.

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