I was always a big fan of Halloween as a kid. My Mom is a whiz with a sewing machine (which seems to be the sole creative trait that I do NOT possess), so she made most of my childhood costumes, like this witch costume that was recycled through most of my family over the years:
Add to that, my flair for the dramatic, and Halloween was practically made for me. I trick-or-treated well into my teen years (you wouldn’t have wanted me to send my little brother off alone, would you?), but I was much more interested in showing off my costume than eating the candy I received.
There aren’t quite as many opportunities to dress up as an adult. This year, though, Jessica threw a Halloween party and gave me a great excuse to go all out for the occasion. Kids get to dress up as their favorite Disney characters or action heroes, so I decided to dress up as one of my favorite characters:
One Tree Hill’s resident “Tutor Girl” Haley James Scott. Of course, if I dressed in regular Haley clothing and went around correcting everyone’s grammar all night, I probably would not be easily distinguished from my every-day-self. So, I elected to go with Haley’s cheerleader look (circa season 4).
So, I enlisted Mom’s help yet again to turn me into a bona fide Tree Hill Raven.
I put on my tattoo (I’ll not be posting that here on the world wide web, but trust me, it was there). I’ll let you see the “R” I put on my face, though.
I designed myself a snazzy “Tutor Girl” notebook (and even put some official things inside, for authenticity’s sake):
Since I was dressing up as a 17-year old, I figured I better bring her fake ID to the party, so I recreated that in Photoshop. I also made a replica of Haley’s Cracker Jack bracelet, so it would be clear that I was a particular Ravens cheerleader. Kelli’s cousin in NC provided the perfect blue and white pom-poms. And I donned a wedding ring, too, of course.
So, after a great deal of planning, a lot of Mom’s sewing and me adding the ribboned-details (thank you, stitch-witchery), I was very pleased with the end result:
There was only one small detail that I had to do without. The real Haley, you see, has a hot husband to cheer for:
But, as they say, “The Show Must Go On.”
The party was a blast, and there were lots of great costumes represented. First, our lovely host Jessica went all out with a 1920s era Flapper costume. She looked hawt.
Her daughter, Thai, dressed up like Cleopatra, and was pleased to be “older” than her Mom for the night.
Brandon, or “Bubba” as he is more affectionately termed, was a very affable convict.
His girlfriend Eleanor, was apparently the officer assigned to his case, ready to keep him in line by all necessary means:
Lenard could be spotted sporadically sporting his gorilla costume, but it was a little hot in there!
B.J. donned a Strawberry Shortcake costume, and I called her Strawberry Short-skirt all night.
Here’s our pre-party girl-group photo.
Even Jessica’s dog, Molly, got in on the costume action. Her costume took only a little more fabric to make than B.J.’s.
Soon, guests started to arrive, including Kelli, aka The Wicked Witch of the West:
Jessa arrived as a very cute Alice in Wonderland:
And she set her sights on Hugh Hefner (Jessica’s Dad):
Some of the other great costumes that dropped in through the evening included…
Shrek and Fiona (Tristan and Michelle, I think):
And a football player and referee combo (Steven and Mary):
The kids had their own party in the basement…
…While the adults carried on upstairs.
A great time was had by all!