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I know, I know, it's July. But I like to plan ahead :)

Last Halloween I tried to do a pair costume with my 3yo niece. She dressed up as Elsa and I dressed up as Anna. Unfortunately, the weather was terrible (cold + pouring rain) so my brother nixed my niece going trick or treating with me. I talked to her a few days later and she was *so mad* that her daddy wouldn't let her go with me, it was kind of hilarious.

I always dress up for Halloween when I pass out candy to the neighborhood kids. I live near a primary school and in an area with a lot of kids so I typically get 100+ kids every Halloween. In the past I have been: the tooth fairy, a pirate, wonder woman, the angel of death (I did my makeup to have kind of a skull look to my face, and though it wasn't that good, it was apparently good enough to scare a lot of kids), a vampire (the kids LOVED this one, loved the teeth, asked me a ton of questions like 'are those your real teeth?' 'were you born that way?'), little red riding hood, little bo peep, poison ivy, the queen of hearts, medusa, and the blue fairy from pinocchio. I have a box full of costumes and accessories :) This year my niece wants to be Ariel, so I *could* do Ursula, a costume I've considered doing in the past (when I told my niece this, she was bewildered at the thought that I might want to be the bad guy. She suggested that I should be the prince). However, she will probably change her plan 10 times before October rolls around, so I'll hold off on putting something together. For now.

Last year for our holiday card, Zen and I dressed up as Gandalf and Galadriel. We took a pic in the park by our house, I photoshopped us to have a Rivendell background (I'm not a great photoshopper, it took me like 3 days to manage it but it was good enough for me :)) and we put our holiday wishes on there in an elvish translation. I loved it, it's so us. We got tons of compliments on it. And then there was my mom, who (having never watched Lord of the Rings) said "I don't get it. It's weird. What's it supposed to mean?" Last night we were discussing our options for this year (after Zen said "you know it's July and 100 degrees outside right?"). We had considered Riker and Troi from ST:TNG but he thought it was too old and most people wouldn't get it (my mom certainly wouldn't, though she might recognize the star trek insignia). He suggested that we could be Luke and Leia as seen in The Force Awakens, but I said I thought he should be Han Solo if we were going that route cuz it would be a little creepy for us to be siblings (he disagreed). Then he suggested that we could be Pam Poovey and Sterling Archer from Archer (he knew I was considering a Pam costume last year), which is an idea I also love. And, sadly, my mom will not recognize either of those options either. And my mom would NOT appreciate Archer so I can't even just have her watch a couple episodes. I also said maybe we could go as Pam and Archer to DragonCon next year, and he liked that idea. So maybe we save Archer for next year and we do Star Wars this year. The good thing about that is costumes for both of those shouldn't be too complicated. I said if he really wants to be Luke, if he started growing out his beard now, it might be at the appropriate length by the time we take our picture ;)
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