Anybody who is too old to dress up once a year is too old to hang out with me.
Kat and I have something of a reputation now for halfway decent costumes. (And Kat gets most of the credit; without her, there's little I could do on my own.) Here's the reverse-chronological breakdown for the curious.
Revenge of Drinky Mouse
Same spandex, new bottle, more disturbing. I once again wandered around swearing at everybody and slurring my speech in a high-pitched voice.
Cyndi Lauper & Mr. Monopoly
Kat got jammed by deadlines again this year so she opted to revive her earlier Cyndi Lauper outfit, albeit with even cooler silver sparkle shoes. I am an established Monopoly fiend and I had a top hat already, so it didn't take long to find a used tux jacket online and a handlebar moustache that absolutely refused to stay in place, and wham, I was Rich Uncle Pennybags. I bought some spare Monopoly money off eBay to give out to people who complimented my outfit (the better the compliment, the bigger the tip) and made the money bags with fabric and packing paper.
Princess Generica & Sir Not Appearing In This Film
Combine deadline woes with the trepidation of a new job's unknown Halloween customs and you get...not much. A Monty Python knight was my backup idea for a long time--I got a white bunny puppet five or six years ago and said "Someday I'll do this." And that was this year. The rest of the outfit was simply my wedding tunic and the rest of my standard medieval garb (sword, dagger, boots, etc). Kat got the princess dress last year on sale and was happy to use it, and she loves that wig, for whatever reason...
A little late, maybe, but they were still on the air, and we thought Shelly Reimer looked an awful lot like Sharon with the wig on. Kat did Kelly, I did Ozzy, and Gabe Graziani went as Jack (that's also him apply the Ozzy tattoos like a true artist, using Crayola washable markers). For extra effect, Kat and Gabe fought with each other in British accents. I had a big Brother P-Touch labeler that looked like Ozzy's infamous befuddling remote and shuffled around screaming "SHARON!"
NBA Jam & Princess Packinheat
GamePro had a massive color printer so Kat and Shelly printed out equally massive logo scans and a screen shot of Knicks legend Patrick Ewing going up for a monster dunk (thank you MAME). Kat took a high-res digital photo of a coin door. I intentionally did not cut arm holes in the sides because I wanted a clean look, which meant I could do nothing but waddle around in the thing screaming "Boomshakalaka!" and "Is it the shoes?"
I found a box to wear as the hat/marquee. I built in one of those "wash your baseball hat in the dishwasher" plastic cages in the headpiece then wore a black ski cap below that for a snug fit. I am really proud of this costume (I won best overall costume at the office party), and now rather regret selling it the next year (the new owner cut armholes in it too).
This was about the only year that Kat and I did not work together on our costumes. After some discussion about damsels in distress and possibly using one of her existing ren faire outfits, Kat grabbed an AirSoft machine gun and a grenade and went as on original character, Princess Packinheat.
These pictures are kind of shitty but they're all I have.
Dead Frozen Leonardo DiCaprio & The Powerpuff Girls
Mickey Mouse, Alcoholic