For the past four years my mom, who's 80 this year, and her three BFF's have been holding a Halloween party for all their friends and family. Each year they rotate who's house it's at and each year it's gotten bigger and more people show up. These ladies have more energy at this age then I do now! This year will be the fourth Halloween party and what a party it will be! They find all the costumes online at Costume Kingdom , they have great service, do exchanges for size and you'll find great prices if you are on a budget.
The first year (2008), they were all in nun costumes. They did a little show for the party goers, about 10 people plus themselves, with a recording of that song from the old movie,The Singing Nun, that "Dominica, nica, nica" song or however it goes. It was priceless! They even did the skit at the Methodist church they all go to, for a talent contest and won. Insane!!
The next year (2009) they all went as bananas (a bunch of bananas, get it?). Full banana suits, yellow faces and each of them accessorized the costumes the way they wanted to. One added a ton of jewelry and high heels, One walked around carrying a box of Rice Krispies because everyone has a banana on their cereal. It was just a riot! That year they had about double the amount of people plus the foursome.
Last year (2010) they were all chickens, each in a giant chicken suit (a hen party, get it?). When everyone got there, the gals all lined up, put on a CD of "The Chicken Dance" music and off they went, Chicken Dancing away! It was great and the party gets bigger every year with people that they know coming to see what they are dressed as this year. That year they had about 30 guests.
Well, this year (2011) it's The Wizard of Oz! My mom is the Cowardly Lion, one of the others is Dorothy and the other two are the Scare Crow and Tin man. No one is telling what this years theme is going to be so everyone will be surprised when they walk in and hear "We're off to see the Wizard" playing while these four skip around the house. They are drawing the limit at 35 people this year because they just can't fit anymore in any one's house. Next year, if they are all going strong, they are talking abut renting a hall for the party.
We get most of our costumes from Costume Kingdom.com them as well and they are great to work with. So try out this year and you know you'll have the most unique costume at whatever party you go to! I wish I was able to go to her party but she lives across the country from me. We did get her started off with all the reusable glasses, plates, utensils, bowls and decorations that we could. Each year now I send her some cash so it doesn't have to come out of her very limited budget. She'll still be doing this for another 10 years, at least I hope so!