Costumes We Never Did
There are loads of costume ideas we
considered and immediately discarded, but there are few that are ones
that were on the drawing board that we never got around to. Here
some of the ones that stand out.
Hellraiser: Pinhead and
female Cenobite - Dani vetoed this one every year, but I used to
bring it up anyway every time we talked about costumes. I started
talking about this literally the first Halloween we were together, long
before I started completely shaving my head. I doubt I could ever
talk Dani into shaving hers though.
Raggedy Ann and Andy - I vetoed this one every year, but Dani
used to bring it up anyway every time we talked about costumes. I
didn't like the idea of us playing brother and sister, but also I just
don't know anything about the characters, so it just doesn't resonate
with me the way almost every other costume choice has. Dani has
suggested this one for the kids now, but there's just too big an age
difference for it to work, never mind trying to get Stan to play the
Grandpa Munster - It would have been perfect. It just made
sense to have Grandpa round out the Munster
family in 2012 when we dressed the part (Yes, I know Grandpa
Munster is from Lily's side of the family, but whatever).
Unfortunately, my dad was reluctant to travel to Texas to join
us. Ironically, he ended up coming up anyway after having a bad
fall, and I took care of him for several months, starting right before
Halloween night... for which he was dressed up as an accident
victim. He had two black eyes and a bandaged forehead from his
fall, but I'm sure the Trick or Treaters assumed it was all make-up.
Schrodinger's Halloween - Leading up to Halloween of 2012, we
were planning to have a 2nd baby. Of course, we didn't know when
Dani might get pregnant. It took a few months longer than
expected, but I had plans written out well in advance for all
If pregnant: Aliens...
Ripley vs. Alien & Face-hugger (or Space Marine?) - The idea
was to have Dani as Ripley looking very "infected" by an Alien, that
way we'd incorporate the pregnancy in a humorous way. I was going
be the Alien, of course, having "infected" her and all. Stan
could have been a space marine, but I thought a face hugger would have
been funnier if he was willing to go along with it.
If not very pregnant: Frankenstein
and Bride & Igor or Dr. Frankenstein - If Dani wasn't showing
much, then I figured we could disguise her "bump" in a Bride of
Frankenstein costume. This Halloween coincided with Stan becoming
obsessed with Universal monster movies, which we watched every Saturday
night on Svengoolie during
this time. Of course, the idea of the Universal monsters
gradually evolved into the realization that we were basically copying
the Munster family (I believe Stan started talking about being a
werewolf or Wolf Man around this time already), and it just made sense,
what with this being the last Halloween he'd be an only child.
If we have a boy: Wizard of Oz - There are a lot of 3:1 boy:girl teams (e.g.,
Fantastic Four, Peter Pan with Wendy and her brothers, etc.), so I
thought it would be fun to go as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and
cowardly Lion. But the new baby turned out to be a girl
(thankfully!), so that was never an option in the end.
If we have a girl: Scooby - We
actually did get to go this route the following year when we had
Stellma. See that gallery here.