Most Random Costumes, Ever

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Happy (almost) Halloween!


I was so excited to go out tonight – we thought we were going to have to miss the parties.  It would’ve been a shame to waste these epic costumes!


We’re German Bavarian.  Never thought I’d see the Husband in lederhosen.  Maggie was my wienerschnitzel. 


We rented our costumes from a local costume shop called Morris Costumes – and they were ONLY $25 apiece.  I didn’t think we’d be able to find a fun costume set at the last moment (the Husband is big into going as a pair) but Morris came through,  Although, admittingly, the traditional German thing is a pretty random Halloween costume!  They were clearly costumes from a play or choir (names were sewn into the collars) and were a big hit at the parties.  Especially when we filled up our giant beer steins.   


Other stand-outs included:  Thor and a Dark Fairy (Isaac and Nicole).  Nicole had a “Magic Wand” app of her iPhone that she waved to make wooshing wand noises.   So 2011 Fairy.


Undecided and a Bunny:

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Mario and Olive Oil + a Vampire and Thor (again):

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But my FAVORITE costume of the night goes to Michelle, who was the Black Swan!  Wish I had gotten a better pic of her outfit (she’s in the back left).  So demonic. 


Michelle threw one of two parties that we attended.  She had an amazing chili bar with meat-based and vegetarian chili, as well as cheese, sour cream, onion, and other toppings.  At the second party, I filled up on chips and dip.


Times two.


Some dessert, too!


Mmmm.  Apple crisp.


I made my sister-in-law try candy corn (she’s from England and has never even HEARD of candy corn – for shame).  She remarked, “This kind of tastes like ear plugs coated in sugar.”  Ha!


All in all – a very silly Halloween indeed. 


Gute Nacht!  Glücklichen Halloween!



  • Sana October 30, 2011, 12:21 am

    Bhahaha I love that your husband loves pair costumes!

  • Liz October 30, 2011, 12:25 am

    Funny story – I have a REAL Dress like that…with a very tight corset. My boyfriend is Austrian so we all have traditional clothing! I could definitely use it as a costume!

    • CaitlinHTP October 30, 2011, 12:38 am

      The corset was SOOO tight. I could barely breathe!

  • Katie October 30, 2011, 12:46 am

    Hahaha, you and the Husband are too cute 🙂

  • emily October 30, 2011, 12:49 am

    You guys look awesome!

    I got Adam to wear tighty-whities and a leaf one year as Adam to my Eve, but I’m not sure he’d love me enough for those short-shorts. Your husband’s a trooper!

  • Khushboo October 30, 2011, 1:02 am

    Hahah awesome costume and I agree with your SIL’s description of candy corn!

  • Julia October 30, 2011, 5:02 am

    Hi Caitlin, i am from germany and i read your blog an few months now,but never post a comment. it so fun to see how other countries see my country : )
    i´ve never worn something like that and i´m sure i never ever will do 😀 i think your costumes are a mix from traditional clothes from bayern and the schwarzwald!
    i wish you a lot of fun and “happy halloween” (this is what we are saying,isnt it ironic?)

    Julia : )

    • cookie October 30, 2011, 5:40 am

      I agree. It’s more Bavarian than German. I think it’s a little funny that this is what foreigners have in mind when thinking about Germany. Lederhosen, Schnitzel and Sauerkraut :D.

      • Marie October 30, 2011, 10:43 am

        Cookie, – I was going to say the same thing. Our friends in Hamburg would find this hysterical.

    • CaitlinHTP October 30, 2011, 12:00 pm

      Hahah I love this. I would LOVE to know what an ‘American’ costume in Germany looked like. Probably a cowboy hat and chaps 🙂

      • Marie October 30, 2011, 2:16 pm

        We asked our German friends what food they typically associate with America and they said barbecue!

  • Sarah October 30, 2011, 6:15 am

    I love looking at all the dressups! I’ve never had candy corn either. I used to think it was some type of popcorn.

    My husband and I dressed up last night as Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler. He didn’t even need to buy a costume:)

  • erica October 30, 2011, 6:20 am

    omg! loooove your costumes! you guys look so cute!

  • Muesliviki October 30, 2011, 8:07 am

    Hey Caitlin,

    this is so funny! I am from Germany and think that it is the best costume ever:-))

    I hope you know that this is a typical Bavarian (especially black forest) outfit and today people don`t wear it excpet for a traditional holiday. But nevertheless I really like it!

    Best regards from Germany and fröhliche Halloween or as we say Allerheiligen!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 30, 2011, 8:25 am

    Haha I love your costumes. Very unique! 😀

    Also I want to dive into that bowl of chocolate bars! I’ve been cooped up studying all weekend and I think I need to go out and buy some candy to fuel me through the rest of it!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 30, 2011, 8:32 am

    i never would think to RENT a halloween costume… genius! you guys are super cute… and maggie just makes the outfit 🙂

  • Amanda October 30, 2011, 8:48 am

    You guys look great! Maggie really completes your costumes. 😉

    I kind of want to dive head first into that giant bowl of candy!

  • Hillary October 30, 2011, 8:50 am

    That “undecided” costume might be one of the best I’ve ever seen. Fantastic!

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets October 30, 2011, 9:14 am

    I love how Maggie could be an accessory! Such fun (and new?) costumes!

    & I love Jen’s Clemson shirt, but it was a sad game last night 🙁

  • Jen October 30, 2011, 9:26 am

    Ha! I just tried candy corn for the first time ever a few days ago (it’s pretty popular here in Canada, I’ve just never thought it looked appealing). My impression is pretty much on par with what your sister in law thought…blech! Why waste calories on crappy candy corn when there are soooo many other delicious choices out there?! (Gummy bears, I’m lookin at you!) Looks like you guys had a fun evening!

  • Diana October 30, 2011, 9:44 am

    I LOVE your costumes! I studied abroad in Austria and am still kicking myself 4 years later for not picking up an authentic lederhosen outfit, to be worn each Halloween on repeat. Y’all look adorable!

    Also, I’m American and I hate candy corn – your sister-in-law is not alone! 🙂

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 30, 2011, 9:58 am

    Great Costumes! Happy Halloween!

  • Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy October 30, 2011, 10:10 am

    Those are the most random, yet cutest costumes ever!

  • katie @ KatieDid October 30, 2011, 10:34 am

    renting halloween costumes… brilliant idea! I wish there was a place like that around here. I got by without purchasing a single item though and I somehow put together 3 pretty awesome costumes!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me October 30, 2011, 10:42 am

    Looks like a fun night. We had our Halloween party this weekend too. It’s fun to get dressed up. Thinking of a costume is always the hard part for me though, haha!

  • Jen October 30, 2011, 10:47 am

    Does your husband talk German?

    Love the costumes. Very cute. I’ve never tried candy corn either.

    • CaitlinHTP October 30, 2011, 12:01 pm

      He can speak a little – he took German in high school. He can say his name, how are you, where is the bathroom – stuff like that. LOL!

  • Sarah October 30, 2011, 10:57 am

    Hahaha my father is German and his mother sent him to elementary school in lederhosen.

  • Army Amy* October 30, 2011, 11:19 am

    I love your hat/head piece!*

  • Kristine October 30, 2011, 11:30 am

    okay, seriously adorable! Where did you get that cute costume and can I buy it from you?! 🙂 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 30, 2011, 12:44 pm

    hahaha I love your costumes!! Random Halloween costumes make for the best ones. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 30, 2011, 12:46 pm

    Haha very cute, love that your husband wanted to wear that! And I can’t believe she’d never had candy corn! I guess that makes sense since it’s an american thing, but I LOVE the stuff!

  • Amber K October 30, 2011, 1:02 pm

    The costumes are so adorable! I haven’t been to a Halloween party since I was in high school. I don’t even know anyone who throws Halloween parties. Although I am looking forward to trick-or-treating with my nieces and nephews tomorrow night!!

  • Kristin October 30, 2011, 1:28 pm

    ear plugs coated in sugar?!?!?! bahahahahha! I love her and your costumes!!!! that is soo something i would say!

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife October 30, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Ha! I have that exact same ballerina costume in blue. It’s from high school! I wore it for halloween last year.

  • hippierunner October 30, 2011, 2:16 pm

    I have a friend from Germany and when he visited last month he wore what your husband wore! It was random but I think he likes the attention lol.

  • Jill @ Just Focus Well October 30, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Awesome costumes! I bet that was alot of fun. Looks like you had a blast at the party 🙂

  • Lauren October 30, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun! And yet another person I know IRL shows up in your blog photos. The world is SO SMALL!

    • CaitlinHTP October 31, 2011, 10:37 am

      Who do you know? 🙂

  • Christie October 30, 2011, 3:48 pm

    I’ve never tried candy corn either! Halloween isn’t really celebrated in New Zealand, and I’ve never seen candy corn in my life! Only ever heard about it through blogs, but now I really want to know what it tastes like! I think it sounds yum.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 30, 2011, 4:03 pm

    AHHH, you guys look AWESOME!! What fun costumes.

    I’m loving that Undecided costume–and I might have to steal that next year! Much easier than picking an actual costume, and so funny!

    I was actually surprised by how many people did Black Swan as a costume this year. I’ve already seen a bunch of photos on Facebook (ahh, good old Facebook) of various people at my college who dressed up as that this past weekend. Who knew it would be so popular?!

    • CaitlinHTP October 31, 2011, 10:36 am

      I totally forgot that I wanted to be black swan until I saw Michelle!

  • Jen October 30, 2011, 4:42 pm

    Love all of the costumes! You & the hubby look adorable!!!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness October 30, 2011, 4:43 pm

    Lol! 😀 Your costumes are AWESOME! 😀 That it all 😛 xyx

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 30, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Super!! Das ist wirklich toll 😉 Haha.

    Looks fun!

  • Carin October 30, 2011, 5:30 pm

    Love the Bavarian outfits – we went to some friends’ joint birthday party in Sydney last year held at a Bavarian Club and all wore those outfits too. It took us a long time to get a taxi dressed like that and we got lots of funny looks! Turned out to be a surprise renewal of our friends’ wedding vows, so it was great to be there and the photos are hilarious.

    P.S. Maggie appears to have no rear legs…?!

    • CaitlinHTP October 31, 2011, 10:32 am

      Heheh they were hidden by her giant belly.

  • Kellie October 30, 2011, 9:41 pm

    My favorite part of Halloween parties is seeing everyone’s creativity and challenging myself for next year to have a better costume. I wasn’t blessed with that creative gene, so I’ll continue to compliment others! 🙂

  • Chelsea October 30, 2011, 10:50 pm

    I think getting ready and all the outfits are my FAVORITE part of halloween :)!

  • Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn October 31, 2011, 7:23 am

    Oh I really love your costumes! I’m not usually a fan of fancy dress, it’s often too tacky for my taste but I would so wear your outfit!
    Everyone looks fantastic actually 🙂
    And the food looks great too, I really love party food, I think it’s the child in me!

  • Emily October 31, 2011, 8:45 am

    Your costumes are phenomenal… I have often wondered if renting would be worthwhile, but then again, you most likely won’t wear them again anyway, right? Thanks for the inspiration. Hubs and I have a costume party to go to NEXT weekend, so I still have a smidge of time to come up with something!

    • CaitlinHTP October 31, 2011, 10:31 am

      I like renting over buying because they end up being the same price, renting is better quality, and I never repeat costumes 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 31, 2011, 9:35 am

    Looooooooved your costumes! $25 is pretty cheap!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 31, 2011, 6:11 pm

    I’ve never tried candy corn either :'(

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