November 02, 2011

Candy Casino

My family started a Halloween tradition 3 years ago (right after we had moved to Mass), called Candy Casino. Here's the run down:

1. You bring candy to participate in casino games.

2. You cash in said candy for casino chips.

3. You then bet the casino chips at one of the casino tables: Roulette, Blackjack, or Craps. (All of which we have sweet setups for).

4. We take turns being a dealer or gambler.

5. At the end of the night you cash in your chips for candy.

*We all dress up in halloween costumes, per a theme.
*You aren't allowed in the party without a costume.

It is a fun way for adults to get in on some candy action.

This year's theme was "Nostalgia". After much consideration, KC decided to go as a lego and I decided on a character from 'Jones in the Fast Lane' a video game from my childhood. (Family...did you catch that link???'s to the video promised).

Basis of Main Costume
Basis of Sub-Costume
Basis for KC's Costume

KC, being a perfectionist, spent probably 60+ hours over the course of a month making his costume. I spent about 1.5 hours; half an hour playing the game, 1 hour making the costume.

After I got home from the race on Saturday afternoon, I found KC, sleepless and an unfinished lego costume. We scrambled to complete the project. And an hour after the party started, I finally left him to wrap up the finishing touches.

I showed up at the party and was happily greeted by family that recognized and loved my costume (and my costume within a costume). I knew I wouldn't be able to walk around the whole night in the barrel, so I incorporated the other dude from the video game, too.

Then as we waited for KC to arrive, we gambled. I loved being a roulette dealer, I think I could do that for a living and be completely content. It's much more fun being the house. You never lose.

KC finally arrived and I helped him into his costume. Then the trouble of getting him up the step into my mom's house and then down the step inside her doorway was interesting. Me and my sister in law were the only witnesses of this event. And it's a shame, because it was fuuuuunny!

We then figured out KC couldn't fit through the kitchen doorway and thus I went and grabbed the family to see his costume. And it was a hit! Well, for everyone but Scratch who immediately took one look at the giant lego man and ran off to hide in my sister's room. But everyone voted that he won the costume contest (well, except for Joff who said mine was the most original and fitting of the theme...yes!)

KC as a Lego and Me as the broke Jones in the Fast lane character.
Don't I make a handsome man..snicker, snicker. NOT. 
When all was done, KC and I crashed from an exhausting day. But I can say, it was easily my most favorite Halloween...a holiday that is quickly growing on me.


  1. I couldn't believe it when K told me about KC's costume. It is so awesome! And now I totally want to play that video game. Good job guys!

  2. Best post EVER!! Not only do you have pics from the party, but a FREE copy of Jones in the Fast Lane! I am so playing this this weekend.

    Gen, your costume really was one of my all time favorites!

  3. OH MY GOOD HEAVENS! WOW. You've gotta tell me how he made that Lego costume. That was insane! And your costume was pretty darn awesome too. Is your hair short, or are you wearing a wig? Seriously though, what did he make his costume from?! That was crazy!