This is the first Halloween in several years that I actively participated in. There was the long dry spell where I did nothing – no trick-or-treating, no parties, no dressing up at work or home. But this year was different – for a few reasons.
First, Corbin. He’s my boy and I wanted him to enjoy the pleasure of wearing a costume and getting out in the community with other like-minded kids. Granted he’s only 11-months but its a fun tradition.
Second, we were home. Since our wedding anniversary is Oct. 23rd, we tend to be out of town around Halloween and don’t make plans for it. We just go hang out with our nieces and enjoy it vicariously through them. The last couple of costume parties we went to I dressed as a mob gangster (aka black dress pants and black dress shirt with a white tie) last time I even added a hat – wahoo! Add to that the firestorm of 2003 and 2007 and Halloween didn’t seem all that important.
Finally, my office has an annual Halloween decorating/costume contest each year (except last year due to fires). Sine I was here this time, I was able to participate. And thanks to some good brainstorming, team contributions and hard work, we pulled off a pretty good theme.
Thus I give you 101 Dalmations (Crazy Cute!)
We won both the office competition and the property management competition (which included $100 lunch prize)
The costumes were relatively easy. Purchased white sweat pants and hooded sweatshirts on line (direct), cut out black felt circles 3/4″ – 2″ diameter (11×17 sheet covers the top and another for the bottoms). Use fabric glue to attach dots to sweats (comes off in wash). Black felt for ears and red felt for collars. Paint noses black and bark a lot.
The trick is the accessories. Dog bowls, giant dog house cutouts, paw prints and images from the movie and one Cruella de Vil. We also had the movie playing on one computer and various dog-related songs on another.