Halloween Progressive Dinner and Costume Party!

If you’re not too old to carve pumpkins, then you’re also not too old to dress up for Halloween!

Every year, our friends get together for some kind of a costume party whether it’s a murder mystery party or a progressive dinner which is what we decided to do this year.

It’s so incredibly fun to plan a costume and to shop for it as cheaply as possible.  I’ve been planning my costume for a month now, and Allison and I have loved running back and forth between Target, Goodwill, and our local costume shop in search of the perfect accessories to complete our looks.

The Other Mother and Joan Holloway
The Other Mother from Coraline and Joan Holloway from Mad Men

I love how creative it all is. We both got our outfits from Goodwill, tailored them ourselves, and made our accessories. I glued large, black buttons to round pieces of foam (so I could blink), glued that on to a plastic frame, tied some clear elastic on to the sides, and there I had them—two button eyes I could actually (kind of) see through.

The Other Mother from Coraline

Allison had a heck of time trying to find a wig that didn’t look stupid and wasn’t too expensive. When I bought a $13 orange wig from the local party store, it definitely didn’t look as glam Joan Holloway as I wanted.

Carrie in the red wig
Well, the black mustache and goatee don’t help, I realize.

With just a few snips, some styling, and some brown hair spray (to tone down the orange), we whipped up an acceptable Joan Holloway wig.

My Joan Holloway hair

But the best costume was actually the most uncomplicated of all: Seth as Steve Jobs.

Before the shave and haircut
Before the shave

After the shave and haircut
AFTER the shave

Seth hasn’t been clean-shaven since high school, so it was quite a shock to see him all baby-faced.

The Other Mother and Steve Jobs
Seth (sans classic hat) as the late Steve Jobs and me as the Other Mother from Coraline

Halloween Progressive Dinner
Friends!

Allison and I were in charge of the main course, so we figured the table needed to be a little fancy.

Fall table

Fall table

Fall table

Place setting
Place settings

Glitter pumpkins!
Ahead of time, we made these glittery pumpkins. We just painted them with glue (we used Modge Podge) and sprinkled them with glitter. We ended up using them as centerpieces.

For our course, we served Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic and Braised Swiss Chard.
Forty Clove Chicken and Braised Swiss Chard

The Other Mother

Joan Holloway

Halloween Progressive Dinner!
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6 Responses to Halloween Progressive Dinner and Costume Party!

  1. Bexi says:

    “It’s so incredibly fun to plan a costume and to shop for it as cheaply as possible.”

    This is kind of funny…this sentence epitomizes my hatred for finding a costume. If you want it easy, it’s a $1000. If you want it cheap, it’s a GINORMOUS pain in the ass. This theory also does NOT work for hibitual procrastinator. Any tips for people like me???

  2. shortandhat says:

    My suggestion is this: plan for your Halloween costume NOW. You’re bound to see things throughout the year to complete your costume, and then you’re not super rushed. So what’s I’m saying here: don’t procrastinate.

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  4. Bexi says:

    Yeah right. 32 years of procrastinating…here, let me flip the switch! *flip* LOL!!!

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