As I mentioned previously, I just didn’t have it in me to do a whole lot for Halloween this year. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because there’s no stress and I love to dress up but a complicated costume was just not something I could, or wanted to, pull off this year. Even before I had gotten myself knocked up, my friend Stefanie and I had been contemplating costumes together. Specifically, couple’s costumes we could do together. Specifically, we wanted to go at this scene from Star Trek: TNG. She was going to be the long-and-lean, devastatingly beautiful redhead, Bev Crusher, and I was going to be the petite, raven-haired sensitive beauty, Counselor Troi. Although Bev looked like she was going to go deer hunting on the holodeck in her cammo-colored leotard, I think we can all agree that Troi got the shorter end of the Jazzercise stick with that weird bondage thing happening up top. Once I found out I was pregnant I lost all desire to bind my body in metallic pink lyrca and promised Stef that we’d do this another year. I’m still holding out that if I do this costume with her she’ll agree to be the Lursa to my B’etor and we can officially go as the Undaboob Sisters.
It was obvious that I was going need a costume that accommodated not only myself but my growing belly, too. I did the only rational thing in this situation: I decided to still go as Counselor Troi but instead I’ll be the Counselor Troi who gets impregnated by a glowing ball of light while sleeping and then gives birth to a small hobbit the next day. At this revelation Anthony said, “Well, I guess I have to go as a glowing ball of light, then,” but I told him that was a really bad idea since that would also make him my hobbit-son, a fact I did not relish.
After I completed my costume (which was simple and consisted of a a wig, gold headband, communicator pin, and a bluish maternity sweater that looks vaguely like the one pictured here), I tweeted a photo of me as her to the Betazoid goddess herself, Marina Sirtis, and she made my life by not only responding to me but sending her congratulations and telling me I looked great. It was a Halloween miracle.
I didn’t bother to dress up while taking Isobel out trick-or-treating, I still had a fantastic reason to dress up: my friend Scott’s Most Awesome Halloween Party Ever. And it was. He had transformed part of his garage into a photbooth complete with a TV for participants to review their pose before clicking the remote. It was awesome, and although we didn’t get pictures of everyone all at once we did manage to get photos of several of us in the booth at one time and I think everyone got their own photo time before they left the party. Here are some of my favorite shots to the night:
I have so many favorites among these photos, it’s impossible to choose. Last summer Anthony purchased a vintage phaser and a tricorder since we had bought these costumes two years ago and knew we’d be wearing them again. They made excellent photo props, and I especially love all the photos of the two of us together.
Here’s a list of the costumes shown in the photos, in no particular order:
- Scott – Wreck It Ralph, from Wreck It Ralph
- Angela – Red, from Orange is the New Black
- Justin – Classic Archer, from D&D I’m assuming
- Melynda – Peacock, from Nature
- Lisa & Zack – Mages, Also from D&D
- John – Jesus, more frequently referred to as Funky Jesus for his dancing, from the Bible
- Valerie – La Calavera Catrina (along with Jose & Laurel), from the Day of the Dead
- Rachel – Secretary Bird, from Nature and puns
- Anthony – Lt Hot Stuff Engineer, from Star Trek: DS9
- Me – Pregnant Couselor Troi, from Star Trel: TNG