The Ghosts of Halloween Past: Advertising Mascots

Every year we have a crazy adult (if you can call us "adults") Halloween party with a theme. We usually start at our house & then get a limo out into Georgetown where the streets are mobbed with costumed-people. I just LOVE IT!!!! (This year, being pregnant, I just wasn't up for the crazy night out, so we had a fun kiddie one instead.) But, I thought I'd share with you one of our past themes: advertising mascots. The first one up is the Sunmaid Raisin Girl:

The box of raisins inspired the whole party. I've always thought my friend Lindsey looks like the Sunmaid Raisin girl & would always suggest she dress up as her for Halloween. Then, I thought of all the other advertising logos & how my other friends could dress up as them. Here's Lindsey, aka "The Sunmaid Raisin" girl in her costume I made from Goodwill finds. (The bonnet is the sleeve of a red button-down shirt and her corsette is from a suit.)

And next is Chiquita Banana:Marcela's costume is AMAZING. She paper mache'd the basket on her head & meticulously glued all the fruit down. She was such a trooper & it stayed on all night!!!! I made her dress out of cheap t-shirts from Michael's:

And here's our Chiquita's husband, Juan Valdez:

Billy, AKA "Juan Valdez" actually made his entrance to the party by knocking on the window and handing in a cup of coffee... It was perfect!!! The mustache got a bit crooked as the night went on & Billy is just hysterical:

And who can forget the Land O Lakes Butter Girl?
Mo was adorable!!!

And even though she's underage, we decided to let the Morton salt Girl join the party.
Erin was perfect! Check out that little mary-jane-clad foot kicked up just like the real Morton Salt Girl:
And we can't have a party without the beer! (ok, we totally can, but let's just pretend! ;)

Here I am as the St.Paulie Girl with a costume made from Goodwill finds:
(I'd originally tried making a "Chicken of the Sea" costume but it was just way too hard to walk around in!) And of course my husband, Sam Adams, was there to help host:

Here he is posing with his friend The Quaker Oats Guy (married to the Morton Salt Girl- what an age gap!! shocking!! ;):
There were a few more gusts I don't have pictures of .. argggg.. Anyway, we've had lots more of these crazy parties & I'll share some more next year. I can't tell you enough how much fun I have on Halloween. We usually start planning in September and my best friends & their husbands come in from out of state. Everyone stresses like crazy about not "having a costume" and in the end they always look awesome. I'm so lucky to have friends who will go along with my silly plans & I love them for it.
ps- the hanging scarecrow wasn't visible at night so no one noticed it (phew! ;) and the kids loved the ghost & taking pictures with him.


mb said...

So cute, and your friends are great sports to dress up like that. What a darling St. Paulie girl you made.

I just realized that you live in suburban DC. DC is a great town. My husband and I lived there for 7 years. Our three girls are all born in DC.
This time of year it is so pretty.

I don't visit nearly enough. Miss it.

Now living in Dallas,

Janean said...

refreshingly original!!!! too cute.

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Great costumes and love the theme (I am in advertising). Happy halloween!

Velvet and Linen said...

Too funny!
Happy Halloween Lauren.


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Pat said...

How fun! You are so creative with the costumes...and great friends to join you. Thanks for sharing!

pve design said...

Was "Mrs.Butterworth" there? I always loved her.
...and what about Uncle Ben's Rice? But I bet he only stayed a minute....
Very fun party!!

Betsy said...

It's been fun looking at the costumes in this post. This was just a neat idea.

Cristin said...

Very cute costumes! Hope your Halloween was a safe and fun one.


Haven and Home said...

Great idea for a themed party! Hope you had a great Halloween!

LindsB said...

That is such a great idea for a theme party! My friends and I were thinking of themes last night for parties and we totally forgot this one, I'm going to have to save it for my use because its great!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Love it!! Fantastic costumes!!

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

What a great, adorable idea! Love it!!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Lauren- all so cute!

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

How fun!!
I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Please check out my blog for all the details!

Maria Killam said...

Your costume is the best, but I'm totally biased of course :)

Alicia B. Designs said...

These are just TOO CUTE! I have nothing more to say b/c i'm in love!

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh, those costumes are amazing and so creative. I think I just got some ideas for next year :-)

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea! I love it and I'm gonna totally copy it next year. This year we are doing a Clearance Costume Party. It is this weekend so that everyone could buy their costumes on clearance!

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea! I love it and I'm gonna totally copy it next year. This year we are doing a Clearance Costume Party. It is this weekend so that everyone could buy their costumes on clearance!

nannykim said...

wonderfully cooooooooool ideas!