Halloween might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t stop members of the Hurrdat team from enjoying this fall holiday. Since we’re working remotely and won’t be able to show off of our Halloween costumes in the office, we asked some of the Hurrdat team to share photos of their favorite Halloween costumes over the years, as well as the stories behind those costumes. Check out their favorites below!
Carlee Dlouhy, Account Manager
I would have to say my best Halloween costume was from 2000 when I was just four years old. I don’t know that this was my favorite costume at the time, but looking back at it now, this is by far one of my favorites!
That year, I dressed up as a little pioneer girl in a green floral dress and matching bonnet. I sported this costume pretty well…until we get down to the ole Nike tennis shoes. (You have to have functional footwear when it comes to trick-or-treating, right?) Like I said, I didn’t know there was anything special about wearing this costume then because I was so young, but now as an adult, I realize how much I loved this costume.
I think it was so special to me because of the backstory of where this little dress came from. When my mom was a little girl, she wore this exact dress and matching bonnet. My grandma spent hours making one for her and one for her sister. All the little girls had one and wore them to their town’s centennial celebration. This seemed to make the perfect Halloween costume when I finally grew into it.
I can still remember the look of excitement and happiness when I walked up to my grandparents’ door and said “Trick or Treat!” My grandma was so proud that I was wearing the little dress and bonnet that she had made for my mom all those years ago!
Kelsey Harder, Business Operations Specialist
My pumpkin costume has earned the title of my favorite Halloween costume. Although I don’t remember wearing the costume—actually, I don’t remember that Halloween experience whatsoever—I have enjoyed looking back at pictures of younger me in this costume over the years.
As you can see, I wore this costume in my youth when I was around the age of one-and-a-half, and I was a young, chunky child. Because of this costume, I’ve been given the wonderful nickname of “Chunky Pumpkin,” thanks to my friends and family who remember this costume—and I can honestly say I’m not ashamed of it!
Now that I have the blessing of being pregnant and getting the opportunity of dressing up my own child for Halloween someday, I can confidently say that my child will have the joy of also dressing up as a “chunky pumpkin” at some point.
Brittany Sampy, Digital Marketing Strategist
Coming from a small town, I have your typical tale of Halloween costumes known to a kid not into goblins or gore. I dressed as princesses, a sheep, and there was one time in middle school when my best friend and I dressed up as Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World, only to have our hats taken away due to school policy.
The one costume I loved that I returned to more than once came about during my high school speech (forensics) career. Each weekend, I’d be called “Karen from The Office” going into my rounds, and it became a joke between my school and one of our main competitors. I wasn’t all that into The Office, and this made me unsure of the moniker, but it eventually became fun and part of my persona walking into present.
It didn’t take much to run with Karen for two Halloweens since it didn’t require much more than an outfit I already had, a facial expression, and a witty quote from the show to make it work, making it one of my most fun and memorable costumes ever. That feeling of being something or someone else still embodies the Halloween spirit to me!
Araya Santo, Content Editor
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I’ve dressed as a grandma, Eileen from Come On, Eileen!, a black cat, a witch, and an ’80s workout instructor, among others. Last year, I went back to an old favorite: a witch.
Some backstory: I had been trying to adopt a cat, and I was scheduled to meet and subsequently adopt her on a Thursday or Friday. Of course, I was excited. I wanted to name her Binx, Bastet, or Nyx—something super cool and along the Halloween theme. Everything was set up, I had changed shifts at my second job from the weekend to the week so that I could have the entire weekend to spend with her. But something went wrong. They called me at 4pm on a workday and said if I didn’t pick her up that day, she’d go back up for adoption. So on Wednesday, October 3, 2019, I adopted Wednesday, who I named after the Addams’ Family’s hilarious, macabre daughter.
Fast-forward a few weeks, and I dressed up as a witch for the Best Holiday Ever™. My costume was five layers, and I brought a couple of props with me to the office. For the first time in my whole life, I was voted the winner of the best Halloween costume. OMG! To this day, it’s one of the highest honors awarded to me, haha!
But it wasn’t complete until I got home. And just like some of my favorite childhood books and stories of superstition and fantasy, my little black cat was waiting for me. It was a sweet feeling, and I think about it often. This year, Wednesday will be a lobster, and I’ll be a mask-wearing mermaid as we hand out candy!
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