The Water Cooler – Halloween Costumes & Memories

October 31, 2013 12:00 pm · 28 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

It’s Halloween, and today, we have a few questions….

  1. What are you or your kids dressing up as for Halloween? (if you have kids)
  2. What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever seen?
  3. What is your best memory of Halloween?

Feel free to answer one, two or all three of the questions.

Talk about it….

1 Patty October 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I don’t dress up, but last night I went into a couple party stores to see if they were discounting Halloween decorations for next year. Apparently so did everyone else. There must have been 100 people waiting in line to get a costume. Talk about waiting till the last minute. I think a lot of people left disappointed. And the store was NOT giving discounts. Maybe tomorrow.

2 Rob October 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

* What are you or your kids dressing up as for Halloween?
– A “Zombie Ninja”

* What is your best memory of Halloween?
– Running around the neighborhood and seeing so many other kids all running around getting as much candy as possible.

3 The Mamba October 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

My best memory of Halloween was meeting up with the girls we had crushes on in high school and running wild in costumes all night. We were all so innocent and fun back then.

4 Dragon October 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Just a memory here:

When I was 5, I was to be a ballerina for Halloween. I’d actually been a ballerina for a few years (my mum made a fantastic tutu). But that year, we got in three school-aged foster kids in mid-October and all of a sudden, my poor mother had to deal with five kids between 5 and 8. I have no idea what my brother or the two middle kids were, but my new foster-sister and I had become great friends, so she went as my end-of-show bouquet. We put her in a green dress and a crown of flowers from the garden. We were a huge hit in the kid-free neighborhood :)

5 Trick or Treat October 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

By far the best costume I ever saw was a couple of years ago at the Concord Halloween Parade at Todos Santos Park. There was a little girl there that was in a homemade “Cup o’ Noodles” costume! It was the so creative. I think the same family has won with their costumes a few times. I remember a “sushi roll” and a “gnome on a toadstool” too. I think it was the same family. Sorry if I’m wrong.

6 Mr. Pink October 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

As a kid growing up in Dana Farms, I just recall the streets swarming with trick or treaters. Granted, that could just be a childs-mind-view, but I know that there were a lot of us out and about on Halloween. Nowadays the streets seem deserted by 8:00.

7 Babs October 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I woke up to a 9 yr. granddaughter as a zombie boxer?!?!?!? And the 3 yr. old as a witch, so I put on a good screaming show!

8 Elwood October 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM
9 nytemuvr October 31, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Pregnant lady dressed as a basketball player with a hole cut out for her “protrusion” in the jersey. Painted her stomach orange like a basketball.

10 Clayton Squirrel October 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I sprayed black temporary hair color stripes on my grey horse and made her a zebra. I wore a fake leopard skin and carried a spear. Not something that I would do today but it was 1983. The year before I taped a glitter covered swirled styrofoam horn to her head and made her a unicorn while I wore a toga and cool lace up sandals. I am surprised that the gold bridle made out of bric-a-brac didn’t break. I think I still have it in a trunk somewhere. Miss my horse.

11 Anon2-U-2 October 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM

@Elwood – please take your politoco rant to the Politics thread.

In the early/mid 70’s we used to set up our front patio with black lights and cobwebs, and we would have bobbing for apples. I hated the week before Halloween, we had to stick one piece of change in the bottoms of the apples for the kids. I loved trick or treating, we would take a standard pillow case, but then our parents would combine all of the “loot” and keep the good candy for themselves, and give us kids two pieces a night. Tightwads…

12 Jillians October 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I remember a costume that I put on my horse one year for holloween–it was hilarius, I dressed it up as a sheep. Wool fabric and all. I miss that old thing.

13 Claire October 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM

The best costume I ever saw was at the 1976 or 1977 Tubes concert at the Pavillion. (I went both years, and can’t remember which year was on Halloween).

This guy must have been about 6’6 or so, and he was dressed as a “male genetilia.” I was a teenager, and it was so “distracting.”

14 Incognito October 31, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I don’t have children, but I’ve decorated my house inside and out, and I am looking forward to having a little get-together this evening with friends. We’re dressing up to greet the kids at the door. I lost a very good friend of mine this past Saturday suddenly, so it will be nice to do a little something to bring a smile to my face.

As for the best costume I’ve every seen… there have been so many spectacular ones over the years. I love those where parents have taken the time to make their own costumes for their kids.

And, I have fond memories of many Halloweens growing up in New England, dressed up with our costumes over our winter attire and walking through snow to trick-or-treat!

Happy Halloween!

15 Julio October 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I hate Halloween. Have since I was a small child. Maybe my older brothers scared me or something. Even if we had to dress up at work for Halloween I wouldn’t do it.

16 Rock Concert October 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

At a Halloween Y&T concert at the Pavilion back in the day, the band had a costume contest with people from the audience. The crowd got to decide the winner with the loudest cheer. The guy who won was a Flasher. Trench coat with skin colored clothes underneath and an over-exaggerated you-know-what made out of a leg of panty hose and a curly wig. Good times…

17 Shasta Daisy October 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

@Incognito #14…..Sorry to hear of your loss of a good friend. May you find comfort in good memories that you shared together.

Friendship is a beautiful thing, not to be taken for granted.

The best costume I ever saw….a good friend of mine dressed as a “sperm.”

18 Elwood October 31, 2013 at 5:39 PM

@ Anon2-U-2 #11

Lying President Buckwheat is still the scariest thing I can think of.

19 Killjoy October 31, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Clare, pretty sure that was Fee Waybill. Lead singer for The Tubes. He was known back in the day to be extravagant. :-)

20 Lorelei October 31, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Wow! Bigotry is alive and well in Claycord!

21 Walnut Creek Resident October 31, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Tonight the very first two kids that came to our door were two older kids with no costumes!! My friend thinks I am nuts for thinking that was ridicules. He thinks that is fine,, they just want candy so I have been thinking I guess that is ok too. I was just surprised.

22 ChampagneKitty October 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Elwood, stop it. Leave politics out of this.

Julio, I can sympathize with your feelings! I personally don’t have a problem with Halloween, but the holiday season–especially Christmas–is a difficult time of year for me. On Christmas day 13 years ago I had a bad accident with candles. I suffered 2nd & 2rd degree burns, spent 3 weeks in the hospital, and had to have skin graft surgery…it was pretty traumatic…it is hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit…so I understand that certain holidays are not fun for everyone.

23 Yolanda October 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

No kids, so I’m on candy distribution patrol this evening. :) So far only 8 kids have come to the door. We don’t seem to ever get many. I think 10 is our record. One of the best costumes I can remember was a few years ago on BART. A girl had a steering wheel around her neck and fake blood on her face. Pinned to her shirt was a badge that said, “Student Driver” haha!!!

24 Denise October 31, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Hey Claire, I was at the 1976 and 1977 Tubes Concert at the Concord Pavilion. I think they were both on Halloween.

And, yes, I saw the costume you’re referring to! I was in the 3rd or 4th row with my boyfriend and friends, and we were cracking up!!

Thanks for the back in the day memories! I don’t think it was Fee Waybill. I think he was a concert goer……

25 NotPC October 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I am “Dammit Man” and my son is “Dammit Boy”.

26 Dr. Jellyfinger October 31, 2013 at 8:57 PM

If any of you have candies that look like little bottles of liquor, don’t give them to the kids! They REALLY do have liquor in them. The police couldn’t believe I didn’t know that.

27 Antler October 31, 2013 at 9:15 PM

One of many funny Halloween memories:

The first year we were in this house (1965), our 5-year-old son was wearing a bumble bee costume I had made, his 4-year-old sister was in a devil costume I had made, and the 2-year-old daughter stayed at home with her dad on front door duty. For DAYS the two older children had practiced their “Trick or Treat” and “thank you” lines, and they were sooooooo excited when we set out. SO excited that our son galloped up to the first house, rang the doorbell, bounced up and down until the door opened, and then nicely asked, “Please, may we have some candy?” The homeowners and I had just the best laugh ever, and they put a handful of candy into each of the little plastic pumpkin buckets.

28 BCuzItzClaycord October 31, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Back in College a friend of mine and I were walking thru the Student Commons and a couple of guys shouted “there goes Lavern & Shirley”………….So for Halloween that year we were Laverne & Shirley…..And to this stay those that have known us since then still call us Laverne & Shirley.

Then a few years ago we went to a Halloween party and it was “dress as a TV character from your childhood” so I went as the Flying Nun………..making hat thing was quite a challenge, but it was a cool costume. Also someone came as “Gladys Ormsby” the old lady that Ruth Buzzi played in skits on Laugh-In….I had forgotten all about “Gladys”.

Didn’t get many kids only about 20. Since our “real home” is in a small town where everyone knows everyone we get tons of kids……really miss that……….oh well we will be there next Halloween.

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