So, I was Luna Lovegood for Halloween. Luna Lovegood is a secondary character in the Harry Potter books and movies, though she becomes increasingly important as the series comes to a close. All night long, everyone kept calling me Hermione. Hermione would NEVER deviate from the approved Hogwarts dress code by adding Spectrespecs. ;)
Joel is, of course, Harry Potter, mostly because it was an inexpensive last minute option that kind of coordinated with my costume after abandoning his previous costume, as discussed below... Only the geekiest of Harry Potterphiles will know that J. K. Rowling has shared that Luna ends up marrying not Neville, but Rolf Scamander, the grandson of Newt Scamander, author of the Hogwarts Care of Magical Creatures textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The adult Luna and her husband travel the world studying magical creatures and identifying new species. They have yet to find evidence of the Crumple-Horned Snorkack, but Luna still believes. I actually think that going as Luna Lovegood-Scamander and Rolf Scamander would have been AWESOME. Imagine the costumes: Dragon gloves! Spectrespec omnoculars! The Monster Book of Monsters! AND this is how people end up going to CosplayCons. I kind of get it now. ANYWAY...
We started out by swinging through Queens.
Zak is the ideal Shaggy from Scooby Doo, isn't he? I know the goatee is super-fake, but you can really see the man he's growing up to be. Spooky...
Oscar is a person from a role-playing scenario where the attendants at a masquerade ball go insane. Bloodshed and creepy masks abound.
The only photo I have of Melanie from Halloween is a shot of her with another little girl whom I don't know at all, and I have no idea how her family feels about Internet photos, etc., so I'm not going to post it. But Melanie was there, and she is awesome. The rest of the year, Melanie is all about Bratz, glitter, and girly-girlness, but on Halloween she went for scary. Love it!
We went into Manhattan after that for a Halloween party with Joel's softball team. Dan and Heather were Ghostbusters, and yes, by request, I PhotoShopped in the Proton Pack lasers for this one.
Don't cross streams!
Oh, man, I cannot WAIT for their wedding next month. Hee!
After that, Joel and I made our way down to the Financial District to my friend Amy's apartment. Someone actually came to Amy's party... as Amy.
There was also a guy there who was dressed as... well, as a guy with absurdly long arms.
Seriously, if you ever get to play around with a pair of absurdly long arms, you must do it. You MUST.
The only thing is... You get a bunch of newspaper employees crashing from sugar high and give them Jell-O Shots at 3 a.m.... Wanna know what happens? No, you don't. It's depressing as hell.
It's a good thing we had a pair of absurdly long arms around to cheer ourselves up.
Aw, man. This was a good Halloween. It really was.