“Hippy with a wig [and tie-dye]. [I picked the costume] because I’ve always been bald and conservative.”

Avery Dyer, Mount Vernon

“My mother’s lingerie and her high heels and her curlers in my hair. [I wore it] probably when I was 9. [I got a lot of reactions], because she let me have a cigarette in my mouth. It wasn’t lit but I looked like my mother in the mornings, lets put it that way, except I had her high heels on — I insisted on those. She just couldn’t afford a costume. She said go in and get something. I did. Her pink slip.”

Connie Kidwell, Apple Valley

“Flo the insurance girl. Just to be quite frank, my husband didn’t want to dress up [last year] and he needed something really simple. So a red shirt and ‘Jake’ name tag suited him just fine. So he was Jake from State Farm and I was Flo from Progressive. Everybody just thought it was cute.”

Amberly Frye, Apple Valley

“Gumball machine. [It was] a couple years ago for an event at church. Everybody loved it. I just put those little red dots or different colored pom-poms, you know, that they sell at the craft store? Just glued them all to my face and put a little can up here [on top of my head] and decorated it as a hat. I saw it done on TV.”

Kelly Bales, Mount Vernon

“It was a costume made by my mom. She put burlap around rolled up rugs or carpets you know. I have no idea what I was — this was probably 75 years ago or more— but I won a prize. I wore it again the next year, too, but I don’t know if I got a prize for it that year.”

Wally Thomen, Centerburg

“We went as nerds once, that was pretty fun. I got the crazy teeth and just absolutely crazy clothes, [I had the glasses] with a piece of tape on them. I think that was three years ago at a house party. It was a fun night.”

Brian Bauer

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