Halloween Nerd Alert!

by Brittany on October 12, 2012

in Crafts, Marriage

For years I have been begging Andy to do a couples Halloween costume. He finally relented our sophomore year of college; we were to be Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson. I had the best blonde wig and push up bra, and Andy had spent a whole 6 hours growing a thick black mustache. It was going to be epic. The day we were set to make our big debut, I began to have side pain. By the evening, I was horizontal in a hospital bed with appendicitis.

It was the worst Halloween ever, and we never couple costumed again.

John Bender and Claire from The Breakfast Club.

Pee Wee and Miss Yvonne.

Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone.

Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe.

The Olson Twins.

All denied. Andy hates Halloween and wants to ruin it for everyone. Come to think of it, I haven’t even seen Andy dressed up as anything since preschool.

I was a Wuzzle. It was apparently a really popular costume in 1984. Andy, however, went on to hate Halloween and spend the holiday bitter and lonely, throwing eggs at policemen and putting bologna on cars.

Once kids came into the picture, Halloweens became less about me wearing a trampy version of something otherwise benign while Andy drove me home to puke my candy corned guts out, and more about me wearing something marginally festive (this is how sweater appliques happen) as I schlepped the little ones door to door. Andy was on a night shift and missed out on the Halloween experience entirely, which he loved because he thinks it’s a fake holiday and hates going to stranger’s houses, and I loved it because it meant I didn’t have to share candy with him.

That sounds selfish, but not everyone gets a trophy, y’all.

The kids were so happy to finally have him tag along last year, he even humored them by wearing a Darth Vader mask to match his two little Jedi’s. Between their contagious excitement and me being turned on to the hilt (there’s just something about watching guys be cool dads outside of your house where you’re otherwise annoyed with them, amirite?), he cautiously agreed to couple costume this year (he said it out loud in his sleep. I recorded it.), with the promise that it couldn’t be something that required him to wear fake boobs, learn a made-up movie language or be religiously or ethnically offensive.

That only leaves one thing…

I can’t believe he’s letting us do this, either!

Why Mr. Potter… what a big wand you have.

Ok, we’re done here.


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Audra October 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

Suck it Chang- nice touch!! Happy Candy Harvesting!


E October 12, 2012 at 8:48 am



ShadyCatLady October 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

my dream come true…….
Plus you guys look WAY like them.
I always have to be Luna


Brittany October 27, 2012 at 9:04 am

I feel like next year we have to have to gather a group and go as Dumbledore’s Army. (SAY YES TO THIS.)


Shadycatlady October 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

I am ALWAYS down for Harry potter shenanigans.


JenniferG October 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

Suck it Chang!? <—- Best line ever.


Jenna C. October 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

I think maybe this makes up for the years he wouldn’t participate. Because you guys are effing rocking that costume.


Teaps October 12, 2012 at 8:37 am



Sarah Webster October 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

This is spectacular news! oh and i busted out laughing at last comment. You so dirty ;)


Rachel October 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

Mrs. Potter, you look fierce!

(Are we still using fierce? I’ve been in a house with toddlers since 2010 and I’m out of the loop.)


Lindsey October 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

Love. Love, love, love. Best ever.


AJ October 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

Me, hubby, and my daughter are all wearing Hogwart’s gear this year!


Shannon October 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

Love it! You guys look great!!


Big Girl October 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

I just adore how you’ve known each other so long that you have Halloween pics together from the early 80s!!!


Jessica October 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

Why do I read your blog while drinking hot beverages?? I should know better by now!
The wand comment was the BEST! It made me burn the inside of my nose with coffee.


Tiffany October 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

Best costume ever!!! Mine won’t do couples coustumes either so I just wait until he decices what he’s going to be then I pick something to go with it. :) Oh, you want to be the Mad Hatter honey?! Such a coincidence, I’m going to be Alice. :)


Kristi October 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

Mine LOVES costumes in general – but I have a hard time getting him sold on my idea of what we should be. A couple years ago he was an awesome zombie (I did his makeup – of course he was awesome).

This year – if we even get the night off together – he’s going to be Two-Face and I’ll be Poison Ivy. Basically for me, that means wearing a green shirt and buying some plastic vines. For him, it means I get to sew two old suits together, and sew two old ties together, and do something to half his face and hair. Wait a minute – this sounds like a lot of work.


imperfectmomma October 12, 2012 at 9:26 am



Kate October 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

Ooh!! Adorable!!

And the “suck it, Chang!” Made my morning–I actually LOL’ed.


Johanna October 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

I had an appendicitis a few days before Halloween my freshman year in college in New Orleans. It kind of ruined Halloween for me.

And your couples costume is awesome. I think the only way I could get my husband to agree to a couples costume was if it was something gory.


Becky (Princess Mikkimoto) October 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

Too cute!! I heart you both.


Rachel October 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

Are the kids going to be James, Albus and Lily??? That would be the best family photo op EVER.

I was going to be the Black Widow this year (because we all know I would make a great ass kicking Russian spy), and all my friends were like “oh yeah! You already have the hair.” And then last night, I had my stylist dye my hair violet. So there goes that. However, I now pretty much look like Angelina Jolie in Salt. So really I can still be an ass kicking Russian spy!


Heather October 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

Love it! And how cute that you 2 went to preschool together. I don’t think I knew that! Andy and Jeremy are going to be BFF’s. Whenever I ask what he wants to be for Halloween, he says “a grown-up”. He REFUSES to dress up and also hates Halloween and also has missed ever trick or treat night until this year, because of work.

I’m still dressing up though, I don’t care if he wants to be a party pooper.


Louisiana Meredith October 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

Why not Rosalie & Emmett….then some hot Halloween role play?!? :p

Seriously, you had me at

“That sounds selfish, but not everyone gets a trophy, y’all.” AND “Suck it, Chang!”



jenn October 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

connected dads are definitely hot. you guys looks great


Isa October 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

Best couple costume ever!!!!!


Katy October 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

Best couple costume EVER!


Andrea October 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

AWESOME! I have husband envy. My husband wants nothing to do with Harry Potter and I’m obsessed *pout*


jaclyn @ www.lilmsadventures.blogspot.com October 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

awesome costume idea!! totally look awesome!!
happy halloween!! going to be so much fun!!


Sara S October 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

The scar! He needs the scar!

I love this :)


Kristin October 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

Omg I love you guys! Brilliant!


meleahrebeccah October 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

totally hilarious!


Kait October 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Ah!!! I’m being Luna Lovegood this year… my boyfriend decides by Voldemort… so we’re kind of enemies


Jennifer October 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Don’t forget the lightening bolt.


Jana Frerichs October 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

HAHAHA! FUNNY!! How cute is that picture from preschool?


Emily October 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

This just made my day! haha! So clever!


Staci October 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Too. Effing. CUTE!!


Chris October 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

You are an awesome Mrs. Potter. Nice hair color!


Hilary October 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

What?? You two aren’t going as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey??? You both still look adorable . . .


Elizabeth October 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

HA!! I love it. Super cute.


Becky October 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

The only couples costume we have ever done is Parents Following Kids Around the Neighborhood.
We are so original.

Way to go Andy!!


Vanessalillian October 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Best. Costume. Ever.


Amanda October 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

You are awesome. I want to figure out the couple costuming, but, despite a profession that requires imagination and can-do attitude, I fear we’ll just be us.


Michela October 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Last year hubby had to work… :/ A friend and I got those cheap colored reason ponchos and ehistles and went as football penalty flags.


Nikki Mohamed October 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

Fabulous! And how “Harry Potter-Andy” manages to pull off the whole “OMG I’m so bored/Ain’t I studly in my Gryffindor tie” look in both photos is unbelievable!


erica October 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

It’s perfect! Even though Andy has a “seriously she made me do this” look on his face.


ClevelandPoet October 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm


This year I am going as Bob Ross and the wife is a painting of “happy little trees”


Sarah October 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Two things:
1.) LOVE this costume idea! You guys look great!
2.) Aaaaaand I would punt a kitten in the face to have hair like yours. Seriously.


Ben (MyRadDad) October 16, 2012 at 12:23 am

My wife is always trying to get us to do couples costumes, I usually decline. One year we were a Cowboy and a Cowgirl. We conceived our first child that night.


Rachel B. October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

That is too cool!!!! Totally just cheered me up from hearing that Halloween is postponed for a full week here in my town!!! :) Thanks!


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