Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hark Or Treat! 2015


Trick or Treat in my neighborhood was last night, and I decided to write down all of the costumes I saw.

For the record, here's the list:
  • Iron Man
  • Blue Man Group Member
  • Bear
  • Cowboy
  • Zombie x3
  • Unadorned Baby
  • PennDOT Worker
  • Bride
  • Vampire
  • Bane
  • Pumpkin Princess x2
  • Disco Queen
  • Guy In The Scream Mask
  • Referee
  • Minion
  • Hooded Spider Menace
  • Cow (Baby Version)
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Little Red Riding Hood x2
  • Witch (Elvira-style)
  • Butterfly x2
  • Spooky Skeleton
  • Doll
  • Ninja
  • Candy Corn Devil
  • Neon Sailor Baby
  • Assassins Creed Dude
  • Batgirl x2
  • Supergirl
  • Maria Von Trapp
  • Angel
  • Elsa x4
  • Princess
  • Spiderman
  • Ladybug
  • Hobo x2
  • Clown
  • Nerd
  • Skeleton x3
  • NASCAR Driver
  • SWAT Team Member
  • Ninja Turtle
  • Pajamas x2
  • Pale Cloaked Weirdo
  • Skirt-wearing Soccer Player
  • G. I. Joe
  • Vampiress
  • Doctor
  • The Flash
  • Scorpion from Mortal Kombat
  • Football Player (possibly Detroit Lions)
A few notes:
  • It was raining like Patricia's Revenge, so our turnout was on the anemic side. We usually average 100-120 or so. One year we had almost 200. One year we had 30. Inventory control is challenging, but no candy goes to waste. (Burp.) This year it looks like it's around 64.
  • It was a little touch-and-go. Because of the rain, a lot of the kids were huddled under hoodies and umbrellas and weren't screwing around. As such, I had to judge a lot of costumes based on a few seconds of panic. It's entirely possible there were less hobos and more hipsters. Not that that would matter.
  • The top costumes were: Elsa (4), Zombie, Skeleton (3 each), Pumpkin Princess, Little Red Riding Hood, Butterfly, Batgirl, Hobo, Pajamas (2 each)
  • I don't know what a Pumpkin Princess is. Basically, some girls showed up wearing an orange princess-style dress. I figured "Pumpkin Princess" looked better on a resume than "Generic Halloween Dress."
  • I asked the ninja turtle, who was probably four or five, which turtle he was. He pointed a thumb at himself and said "This one!" and confidently walked away. Well, he's not wrong.
  • A note about Elsa: I have no idea if they were actually Elsa from Frozen or not. I assumed if there were wearing blue, had a braid and/or had a pendant they were Elsa. It's possible they were simply Princesses Who Happen To Not Understand Trademark Law, but I figured I'd play the odds and chalk them up to Elsa.
  • I have separate entries for Skeleton and Spooky Skeleton, which means that one Skeleton must have really freaked me out.
  • Cow (Baby Version): Not a calf, but a baby wearing a full-grown cow costume.
  • I put down Blue Man Group Member, but it was basically Green Man only in Blue. Take that as you will.
  • When I say "Maria Von Trapp," I mean "Girl in a dress that looked vaguely Germanic and there was no evidence that they were Austrian or Julie Andrews or anything."
  • Someone, somewhere, is going to tell me 'THAT'S NOT A NASCAR DRIVER THAT'S A STOCK CAR DRIVER UNIFORM." Not only do I not know the difference, I do not care. 
  • I don't think The Flash was actually The Flash. I know it was a superhero, and he had an emblem on his chest, and there seemed to be racing stripes on him, so I'm just going to assume it was The Flash. It could have been Spiderman, I dunno.
  • Candy Corn Devil wins Best Costume. I have no idea if it was intentional or not, but her horns were little candy corn kernels and that is the best. THE BEST.
  • Neon Sailor Baby is opening at The Rex next Thursday
  • Most alarming stat of the night: Number of Sour Patch Kid Things I Opened And Consumed: Too many. (Four.)
  • Biggest surprise: only one Minion.

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