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How much are you willing to spend on a Halloween costume?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 28, 2005

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Photo of Amanda Burke

“A hundred bucks if it was the most fabulous costume ever. I was just contemplating buying a pair of $43 leg warmers to be Jane Fonda.”

Photo of Myo Kim

“I’ve never spent any money on one. I always put something together from what I already have.”

Photo of Shirlee Beckner

“The most I’ve ever spent was $100 to be a big gorilla at a neighborhood Halloween party. Nobody knew who I was for weeks afterwards, so it was worth it. That’s definitely the most I’ll ever spend though.”

Photo of Sandeep Rangineni

“I’d say $15. It forces you to be creative if you don’t spend very much money, but my parents probably spent around $40 on my costume when I was a kid.”


thunderbuns 12 years, 7 months ago

No way!! The OTS people asked a question on Mass Street! Whoa!! That's creative!

Oh, as for the question: $32.13...........and not a penny more!!!!


GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 7 months ago

I spent $78 on my Pinocchio costume, hat, lederhosen and all. It's gonna be SO bitchin'!

jayhawktownie 12 years, 7 months ago

how is this newspaper in business? Here we are, more than 12 hours after the miers nomination was withdrawn and the "latest stories section on the front page" has no mention of it and is headlined by a survivor update. WOW, that's all i can LJW is wow.

jayhawktownie 12 years, 7 months ago

sorry put those parentheses around "latest stories"

b_asinbeer 12 years, 7 months ago

This year, I already have a lot of the clothes and materials at home for what I'm gonna be. So, $0 for this year. If I wanna get a bit more creative, I'd need to spend a few extra bucks next year.

Here's an idea waiting to happen if someone can materialize it as a costume: Roundabouts. (How would that happen?)

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

harley, git 'er done! Maybe if you were carrying your foot in a pail and not sticking it in your mouth----you might be from Lawrence.

jonas 12 years, 7 months ago

My costume this year cost about $300. Of course, $285 of that is for my cream-white suit, and I bought that to get married in.

Gonna be the best Satan ever!

. . . well, maybe not ever.

enochville 12 years, 7 months ago

Addresses not to visit on Halloween

I just got through reading this LJW article about Halloween rules for sex offenders in the area:

That is scary and reminded me of two websites that list the locations of sex offenders. Please chaparone your kids on Halloween.

Family watchdog will show you a map of Lawrence or your town and the location of sex offenders homes and workplaces. I believe it gets its data from Accesskansas:

Accesskansas is the official sex offender registry site. It has pictures and addresses.

Out of curiosity, how many of you still take you kids door to door on Halloween versus just take your kids to a church or other organization's Halloween party? And was it different for you a few years ago?

Also, when you look at the map of Lawrence at watchdog, you'll see that no registered sex offenders live in the richest neighborhoods. Do you guys think there is anything to make of that?

bankboy119 12 years, 7 months ago

Enochville my church's party was no good when I was growing up, we got apples. It's Halloween! I want candy dangit!

Marion, that crap should be removed. It goes to a thread that is complete crap. "Any post that supports the city will be removed." Ridiculous. If you want to put the real story up there then do that but not to some site that isn't going to help get the real story.

Topside 12 years, 7 months ago

NOTHING!! I am a Halloween scrooge. I hate dressing up I sit home and pass out candy with a ratio of: one for you, one for me. :)
BUT, I might put up about 3 dollars and wrap myself in a roll of foil. Word on the street is if you have an aluminum foil, or aluminum foil based costume you get a FREE burrito at Chipotle on Halloween. Boo-Yah!!!

juscin3 12 years, 7 months ago

EM, too funny, cheap though. Good idea for being a roundabout. As for the pic of the dog, that is pure tasteless...but that's my opinion. I agree with bankboy, I deffinately hand the person that typed up that web page a dictionary and some typing lessons!!! LOL maybe they need to dress up with the bubba teeth, a pitchfork, and dress up in old farmers clothes...hmmm, good idea. :)~ Just my opinion on this so don't come hounding me!!! :) Have a GREAT FRIDAY EVERYONE!

juscin3 12 years, 7 months ago

OOPS, forgot to answer the question for the day, hmm...are you nuts??? I would NEVER spend alot of money for a costume. Why?? You only wear it maybe once if you are lucky it might be more...Just not into dressing up for halloween. Kids are daughter is goin to be a Renassance (sp?) gal, sorry can't find my dictionary! My son is goin to dress up as a Monk...Spent about $40 on them together..

craigers 12 years, 7 months ago

bankboy and enochville when I was a kid our church Hallelujah night was full of candy and soda among many other sweets including bobbing for apples.

However, we have homeless in lawrence and kids are starving and you people are spending $100-$300 on a Halloween costume. Oh the humanity. Give up your costumes and donate the money. You should have no fun if you know others are suffering. (Insert sarcasm)

galfromku 12 years, 7 months ago

well juscin3 ... you don't ALWAYS only wear it once... for instance, I still have have a playboy bunny costume & a french maid costume from other years, and this year I am gonna be a HOOTERS girl! Who says a person can't do a little creative role playing with the one they love? HA HA HA HA . When you get to wear them again... under "special" circumstances.... they can be worth every penny! ;)

staff04 12 years, 7 months ago

What's the best costume you've seen in Lawrence? A few years back, I saw someone out walking in a very detailed costume of a hard pack of Camel Lights. His face was wedged in between a bunch of foam butts. It was pretty amusing.

I've never really spent that much on a costume for myself. I think that one year, I will rent some really elaborate costume that people will talk about and really do it up though. Before the sex offenders ruin the holiday for everyone...

bankboy119 12 years, 7 months ago

Hey juscin, or anyone else that agrees with my 7:56 post, please suggest removal of that. It shouldn't even be up.

Manson 12 years, 7 months ago

As rediclous as Marion may be to some people the story does speak for itself. I can't blame the guy for being passionate for what factualy is a damn shame for killing that dog. I perfer people that react that way about issues that are a glaring injustices.

trinity 12 years, 7 months ago

and gosh darnit, due to a crappy computer connection i missed the boat on the dog story...and now it's gone.

halloween? not sure what to "be" yet, but this thread sure has given me ideas! think i'll start working on either a pack of marlboro or a bottle of bud lite costume, lmaooooooooo

Manson 12 years, 7 months ago

Anyone check out the Fred Phelps picket of the Tongie man's funeral?

bankboy119 12 years, 7 months ago

I just read that he was protesting it and saying God was on the side of the terrorists. I say we ship him to Iran.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago


I plan to take my lawn chair and sit either at the curb or on the retaining wall along the sidewalk outside of our neighborhood's vilest sex offender [crime against his disabled granddaughter ### and yet he lives #%@&^]. Haven't decided if I want to use a sign or just warn passerbys. I recommend those who are not actively involved with escorting children around town spend their evening "observing" their morally challenged neighborhood sex offenders.

Be sure to catch Tuesday's LJW, they may arrest me for violating either his civil rights, privacy or some crap like that :) "Grandmother arrested for stalking," film at 11:00

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

e_m: The roundabout costume suggestions were terrific -- I can just picture someone wearing it, LOL! Cold weather warning -- people should make use of their cuddley dudleys :)

o_m_b: If I recall, you are prepared to be quite wizardly.

Lawrence will never rid itself of the foot in beer bucket image!! Dueling Banjos comes to mind. (da da dum da dum)

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

TOB: Are you psychic?? You must be -- I deliberately left out the part of my plan that included using a 357 if his gray little head peeped out of the door!! It's scary how well you can read minds :-o

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

I really can't believe all you people are serious about this costume business. Please, someone enlighten me, do you adults down there really dress up? Or are all you posters under the age of 16? IF, I were to don a costume it would be to wrap myself in a hundred signs reading BAN HALLOWEEN! I hate the dang thing. If my husband felt the same there would be no candy handed out to greedy little fists from my house. I get truly irate when the door bell rings at 10pm and it is some goofy 16 or 17 year old with a pillow case so heavy he can hardly carry it and he has not even the decency to wear a mask. Tell me, please, what is good about that? And I am deadly serious. I guess most of you would dress me up as Scrooge, eh? Some moms in my church have a bang up party planned though for the neighbourhood kids as well as our own.

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

Through successful sugestions to the grandparents of a particularly beloved grandchild, we spent ZIPPO on this year's halloween costume. Part of it comes from clothes we have, part is a toy from loving grandparents, part is some adorable hand-me-downs from a young uncle that have plenty of life left in them, and finally a sacrificed pair of old jeans that don't fit anyone in my house anymore, and a little time with the sewing machine.

Shazam, we have a tiny cowgirl!

enochville 12 years, 7 months ago

Did you guys see this article: "Body hanging from tree mistaken for Halloween decoration"

That is just tragic.

I know a lot of us, perhaps not MsCanada, think trick or treating is harmless fun and a time for community cohesion, but what do all of you do to counter the glorifying of violence and Satanic images?

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

So, then, if you adults dress up, where do you wear these costumes? Do you go trick or treating or do you wear them to workd or school or the bars? This is totally foreign to me. We Canadians do not do this. Well, maybe a few do and go to the bars. Sorry folks, for my ignorance, but I have never heard this before.

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

Lots of adults wear costumes to hand candy out to kids at their houses. My husband is going to dress up as a farmer when we take our little cowgirl around on Monday evening. Some dress up for work (depending on the employer).

As for satanic images, in my mind, just like many things that have unglorious origins (a father walking his daughter down the aisle has its roots in the idea that a father hands his daughter over as property to her new husband in exchange for $, etc.), the most important thing is how it's viewed today. I see Halloween as a fun opportunity for kids to be creative with costumes, have fun visiting neighbors who they might not regularly encounter (granted, not visiting the sex offenders, who we hope never to encounter...), possibly an opportunity to enjoy the last of the beautiful fall weather (depending on the year), and an opportunity for a good time with family and friends. It's all how you view it.

I doubt that very many of the kids who dress as ghosts, devils, etc. are doing it to be evil. They're doing it because it's traditional.

It's all relative.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago

Ms_C, You are with my Mom on Halloween (she always detested it and saw it as begging for candy). Funny that she leaves her porch light on, though. And, yes, we dress up. Last year I went as a "brain donor", and I stuck tons of baby ducks all over my hubby and he went as a "Chick magnet". (I like puns)

funny story: My big bro could not go trick-or-treating growing up (physical reasons). Anyway, all the neighbors knew this so at every house we went to, the rest of my siblings and I would get one piece of (usually yucky) candy and then they would give us a whole sack of chocolate and McDonald's gift certificates to take to my brother. Every year, he made out like a bandit...always ended up with WAY more than the rest of us put together. He'd just laugh his head off while we all sat around afterward begging him for a piece of the "good stuff". I guess we could have robbed him of his loot but I think him torturing us was part of our fun as well. :o)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago

Ms_C, We usually go visit friends, eat together, and then dress up and hit the streets (Usually just a dozen or so houses). Then we go visit friends that are expecting us (one's that just stay home and pass out the candy). They LOVE to see what we are all dressed as and if we don't show up, we will hear about it. Our last stop is usually Grandma's (she has her camera out) or our neighbor who gives chocolate to the kiddies and a tequila shot or a beer to the "big kiddies". Then it's home to bed by 9:00. Just fun!

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago

OMB, Had to look that one up. Too weird not to be true!

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago

OMB, where do you come up with this stuff? :oP

I gotta get away from this life sucking computer. Later!

italianprincess 12 years, 6 months ago

Spend????????? Hmmmmmm.......not sure but I better hurry as tomorrow night is the Halloween Party here at my house.

Not sure what I may want to be yet but the mind is working wonders right now.

I'm a bit under the weather from the benefit clean up in the cold and rain, but the party is still a go here. I'm hoping to fell a bit better by tomorrow.

Have a great weekend everyone.

staff04 12 years, 6 months ago

Off topic again...I seem to be doing this a lot lately.

I just won a game of solitaire (just the regular game) on my computer in one minute, twenty-seven seconds. I've never done that before...

beatrice 12 years, 6 months ago

ms_c: Adults tend to loosen up when dressed in costumes. It can be great fun. Where I work, there are people in amazing costumes -- not only individuals but departments pitted against each other for best group. Knights of the Round Table, the entire gang from Scooby Doo (including styrofoam van!), dead rockstars, etc.. Creative stuff here, with plenty of big smiles spotted today. The free-flowing chocolate doesn't hurt, either.

I am going with the basic bloodied goth-zombie look. I'm ashamed of my lack of originality, but it didn't cost me a penny.

staff04: I hope the guy in the Camel pack didn't spend a lot -- since he won't be allowed into the bars any more.

Be safe everyone!

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

Halloween is a time for kids to have fun with their imaginations and their favorite treat...Candy!! When my kids were little we always had a party at the house for them and their friends. I don't believe in door-to-door though. We teach our children ( I hope) of strangers so I wouldn't want them to go to people that they would consider strangers. I have spent at least $40 per costume per kid.

thunderbuns 12 years, 6 months ago

I go to work as the "invisible man" on Halloween. Costs me nothin'.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

I generally don't spend too much on costumes 'cause I make them all myself...but, the least expensive costume I ever "made" was the year I went to a chem-physics club Halloween party in high school and "dressed" as Heavy Hydrogen. No costume was needed other than 2 good friends that were willing to circle me all night and intermittently jump towards me while turning on flashlights in the process. All the geeks got it.

beatrice 12 years, 6 months ago

e_m: Wear a water-proof watch, and tell people you are a marine biologist. No muss, no fuss, and you can still claim to be in costume.

staff04 12 years, 6 months ago

Nice one, e_m.

OTS, happy day edition...

beatrice 12 years, 6 months ago

e_m: Do you mean because they didn't go after Dick Cheney, the real felon in this case?

bearded_gnome 12 years, 6 months ago

Ceallach="warrior maiden"

in celtic...right on, need some one to go your bail?

bearded_gnome 12 years, 6 months ago


never liked Halloween, even as a kid!

now, costume as roundabout...very good!

Sounds like somebody's gonna get lucky on halloween night with GALFROMKU! pictures?

and, was wondering, if I wanted to do a costume as a lawrence city commissioner: one hole in the head; one wacky tobacky rolled; one failing sewer pipe [on my back?]; blinders.

other suggestions?

happy halloween. if any crum crunchers come to our door, unlikely, they get mini butterfinger crunch bars.

bye bye and check back later.

beatrice 12 years, 6 months ago

Poets are with us Humorous words for strangers Sent by computer

Ceallach 12 years, 6 months ago

You gotta love this board, you guys are great!!

gnome: Needing bail is always a possibility :) I just hope they allow me internet access so I can call you for the moolah :)

It is Ceallaigh that is the clan name. Ceallach is the "daughter of Ceallaigh." Many celtic women were warriors, some even led their clans. Maiden might be a stretch but I can still war when necessary.

Gotta get out of this place before they lock the doors and I am trapped here all weekend. :-o

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

I want to thank many of you who did not throw rotten apples at me as the old carmudgeon. I must clarify one thing, though. I do hand out treats at the door and I do so with a smile on my face and a nice word about some of the clever costumes. I am not that bad a person. And I must say to sunny sue. Your halloween sounds like a lot of fun and I hope that you enjoy it as well this year. Truly I do. I think this board is getting quite grand lately, no nasty stuff, and I hope it will stay that way. I did not mean to be nasty this morning.

beatrice 12 years, 6 months ago

We think you are swell though you come from the northern land, ms_Canada

Jclarkson 12 years, 6 months ago

I'd sure like to know what was said by posters that results in the posts "being removed by staff." Maybe someone could give us a reason.

Jclarkson 12 years, 6 months ago

and another thing, I wont pay anthing for my costume this year. ....I've gone ahead and made my costume a Kissing booth out of a box I used to move.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 12 years, 6 months ago

I'm spending $0 this year. I'm at least 80 pounds over "obese", which is scary all by itself (call me 'FatEnuf2BYurHeadCoach').

This year, instead of handing out candy, we'll be handing out pepper spray for the little tykes who have to dodge all the molesters.

Actually, we get so FEW kids that we have turned to giving out really good candy. Big candy. And why not? After running the gauntlet of dirty old men, they all deserve steak dinners from "Ten".


Carry on the proud tradition, little dudes! Diminutive crusaders in seach of the Holy Grail of sugar highs! Painted clowns in society's sick rodeo of Satanic holidays! Tighly grip your hopefully empty pillow case in your left hand, and your taser even more tightly in your right hand! As you head out alone into the dark, frosty night, remember to practice the words "YOU ARE NOT MY UNCLE!" over and over again until they roll naturally off your lips! Carry on Spidey, Hulk, Britney Spears, hobo, and kid who just wore his old uniform from his Pop Warner football team! Be brave, be strong, and remember: don't eat the ones that have have no wrapper!

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

You poets and ode makers crack me up. Careful Oldenuf, Bud light will get a hold of that and turn it into a commercial!

Ms_C, If you were down here, I'd personally make you a costume and drag you along trick-or-treating. Do you prefer "pregnant Nun " or "pregnant polevaulter?" (Either would go over like a lead balloon.) :o)

To those who just go to a few houses like we do: Last year we found a "Haunted treehouse" on Alabama Street. (700 or 800 block) Hope he's got it going again this was great fun!

One of my most vivid memories from childhood was this lady who used to dress up as a witch (bubbling cauldrin and everything). She'd cackle and carry on. Always gave gumballs and called them "frogs eyes". Said if you ate them before morning you'd turn into a toad. She was awesome. Almost makes me wish I was a city dweller so I could do that now...ALMOST.

oldfashiongirl 12 years, 6 months ago

Zilch, nada, neits, rein!! I still could whip my son, then 20 who "borrowed" my credit card and bought him a Halloween mask for $16.99, plus tax. I still hate that and am sure KU-law would indeed think I'm a cheapskate . Never went to a Halloween party in my life, but our church did have something for the kids way back in 1936. They would show you a bowl of real live worms and then put a blindfold on you and put your hand in a bowl of ice cold spaghetti and kids would scream and I threw up thinking I was handling worms. I can't even put a worm on a fish hook!!

Ceallach 12 years, 6 months ago

e_m: Your prose seem to have brought out the poet in other posters as well -- good job! (Just as I suspected -- beneath it all lies the soul of an artist :)

I've never been gaga over Halloween, although I have friends that waited all year to have a costume party. I always walked either with or near (as they got older) my girls when they went trick or treating. I usually dressed up just to be in the fun of things. I did require them to be creative and choose costumes that were not creatures of the occult. I bought a few special effects things, make up, sparkles for their hair, etc., (I have all girls :). We spent very little money -- they loved putting their costumes together themselves.

Now, my granddaughter only goes to friends and family around town. But that's more candy that a kid needs anyway.


bearded_gnome 12 years, 6 months ago

$#86 post here.

Good night Ceallach, I did see your comments about your name.

mine has nothing to do with the travelocity gnome-wheenie; instead, is motivated by the gnome of zork, my folk hero.

happy halloween all.

just ha d a good talk with my girl in pakistan. yes, she's actually pakistani but we have some very important things in common.

still a few aftershocks there sometimes.
bye and good night.

oh, for the woman in Kansas city this morning: [in the news]

"men don't buy pajamas, for pistol-packin' mamas, oh, you cain't get a man with a gun!"

bearded_gnome 12 years, 6 months ago

well, Ceallach, ya' snuck that one, so you're actually #86!

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