The Joke Is On Who? + Giveaway!

Posted at Oct 10, 2013 2:47 pm


I love Halloween! I love going into haunted houses! I love scary (not gory) movies!

So with three exclamation points you get the idea. I decorate the inside of my house for my own enjoyment but I’ve always wanted to decorate my entire yard so all the kids will want to come and get spooked. Problem is I live out in the country where you have to drive your kid to the neighbor’s house. There are only about 15 houses in the area and none of them do the trick-or-treat thing. So you have to take your kid to a subdivision to get the goodies. It’s a bummer.

And then there are those years where you spend hours trying to find or create the perfect costume. I’ve worn some doozies. Like the time I dressed up as a Hershey bar and wore a big garbage bag with white tape lettering. I never could really figure out if people were laughing at me or with me. Okay, I’ll admit, it was a last minute costume but I thought it was a creative five minute solution.

Today I’m giving away a print copy of Anything But Sweet, the first book in my Sweet, Texas series, a Sweet, Texas coffee mug, and a box of Anything But Sweet candy conversation hearts, plus bookmarks and cover flats for Anything But Sweet and Sweetest Mistake (available for pre-order now).

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me about the best Halloween costume you ever bought, made, or designed.

Winner will be randomly selected. Giveaway ends and winner will be announced Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:00 (MST) pm. As always, this giveaway is open to my international friends.


25 responses to “The Joke Is On Who? + Giveaway!”

  1. Ashley says:

    Last years costume was fun for my family. My husband is really, really, really into Halloween. We decided to dress my 2 year old up as Jesse from Toy Story. Since he’s such an amazing dad and would do anything for his little girl he dressed up as Woody. They were so cute! Of course at times his costume could be a little tight in places so we had to make sure that it keep all the “goods” in place. Lol!

  2. Candis, don’t include me in the giveaway. I’ve got enough stuff to move right now! 😉

    I miss Halloween. Like you, we don’t have trick or treaters because we live in the country. I used to decorate but gave up. Marco will get to experience his first Halloween as we’ll be in a subdivision. Yikes!

    My mom always made our costumes when we were kids. I once wore a hobo costume that she threw together last minute and actually won a contest that didn’t even have an age category for a two year old. I had a five o’clock shadow and big fat belly as part of costume! It was great!
    When my kids were little, I did the same thing and created costumes from whatever was available – yarn wigs, foil swords and such. I often thought, since I do know how to sew, that if I ever planned ahead they could’ve had amazing costumes, but they were always pleased as punch with whatever crazy thing I created.

    Oh, once I went as a cat in college – my costume consisted of a blue leotard, blue stockings, three inch heels, drawn on whiskers, and a tissue paper tail and ears. 😉

  3. Karen j says:

    This years costume for my 3 yr old granddaughter is going to be adorable I think. She decided that she wants to be the tooth fairy so were taking a fairy costume and adding some extra sparkles and felt teeth. And a tooth shaped purse and wand. Its very cute in my head, I just hope I can get it the way I “see” it. 🙂

  4. cindy r. says:

    I was an RN for 37 years before I became disabled and in all those years, I always wore scrubs. I remember when I was a kid, I always wanted to dress up as either a princess or a witch (Bipolar much?). The last Halloween party I went to was 10 years ago and I dressed as a nurse = scrubs, clogs and stethoscope! Yeah, I know I’m not very imaginative, but it was the only thing I could think of since I was way past the princess or witch stage and it was the most comfortable costume I’ve ever worn!!!

  5. Sue Peace says:

    One year a long, long time ago (pre children) my husband and I had the funnest Halloween at a party at the rugby club. I was a devil in a blue dress…thrift shop shiny blue dress, cut up a bit, added a tail and horns to my head, fishnet stockings, etc. He was a monk, ha, ha… We had so much fun! For my kids the costume I loved the most was a little sheep costume I made one year when my daughter was about 2 I think…it was adorable! I happened to find the perfect material and it all came together so great and she was soooo cute! I wish I’d kept it, I gave it to my sister for her daughter and I am pretty sure she sold it! Great times!

  6. Shari says:

    When my kids were little, I made them their Halloween costumes. Two of best years was:
    1. Disney- I made Belle for Jenny and Cinderella for her friend. My son was Mr Sneed and his friend was Peter Pan. Yes I made them all.
    2. Ninja Turtles for my son and his friend again. Jenny was a prairie girl with a matching outfit for her American girl doll.
    I miss those days. Now I just decorate my house. I love fall.

  7. Lisa Slock says:

    Halloween isn’t a tradition over here. But it is slowly getting known. We have parties for the little Kidd. So last year we dresses up my then 2 year old nephew as a vee. Man he was so cute, buzzing around and getting a sugar high..
    I also paint all the kids in my class their Faces in something scary and then we go haunt a real medieval castle and read a scary story over there. The Kids love it!

  8. Hi Candis,
    Halloween is always so much fun in our family. We don’t do many costumes anymore but we did, even as adults, for a long time. My mom did great costumes with us (we were martians, convicts, mummies). And I sewed fairly elaborate costumes for my kids when they were small because they used them for dress-up all year long. We did knights, dragons, wizards. At my son’s first halloween, he was Roo and my daughter was Kanga! My daughter’s favorite was when she was Rainbow Brite–she wore that costume to play in for at least three years! My favorite costumes however, were when my family went as the castaways from Gilligan’s Island — my mom and dad were the Howell’s, my daughter and her then-boyfriend were MaryAnn and the Professor, my hubby was Skipper, my son Gilligan and I was Ginger. Total fun!

  9. Suzanne Riley says:

    I always made my daughters Halloween costumes and my oldest was nine and wanted to be the Hamburger Helper Hand! It was turned out so great! People cracked up when she went door to door!!

  10. Rachel Hill says:

    Love, Love, Love Halloween…I decorate my house and yard, even though it’s just us that see it…since I live out in the country and take the kids to a subdivision to Trick or Treat!
    My best ever costume was my hubs in an Oberon T shirt and me walking next to him in a blue sheet with cotton batting glued on..I had a spray bottle of water…we were partly sunny with a chance of rain. 🙂

  11. Pamiam says:

    We haven’t dressed for halloween for years (probably at least 25) but when we did my husband took the brunt of my imagination. He’s not very tall so one year I dressed him in a green sheet toga style and wrapped him in Ivy. Voila! Little Sprout. Next year he was blue for Papa Smurf. Those were fun days 🙂

  12. Karen Harvey says:

    I love to dress up to shell out at Halloween, even now when my kids are adults, I still enjoy it. One year I dressed up as Suzanne Pleshette from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. I had plastic birds in my hair which I teased up for the messy effect with a torn up dress and ripped nylons, fake blood all over me and a fake eyeball hang in on my cheek…quite impressive if I do say so myself! Most of the kids who came to the door had no idea who I was supposed to be but a lot of the parents caught it and we had some laughs…

    Good times Halloween!

  13. Elizabeth McKillip says:

    I have always loved Halloween and now that my son is turning 3 I can’t wait to do more with him. I was always a witch growing up. I would love to help design and make my son’s costumes. This year he is going as Woody from toy story.

  14. Connie Fischer says:

    Hi, Candis! I’m not very creative when it comes to costumes but I can certainly appreciate a good one. My husband was on travel one year during Halloween and went to a party at the home of a client. The man had on a trench coat and when he would go up to a woman, he would open the coat quickly. Under it he had on a tight fitting nude body suit and as he opened the coat, a long, stuffed dong would flop down at last to his knees. I think he had used a nude panty hose and stuffed it with something. He attached it around his hips somehow. My husband said the women all gasped and then laughed their heads off. A really good one!

  15. Jamie Steadman says:

    The best costume was one I had made when I was in my teens to go to a party. I made up a witches costume by borriwing my granny’s black dress and making a witch’s hat out of posterboard and crepe paper. I had black shoes and black tights. The costume was so great I won the prize for best costume.

  16. Candis Terry says:

    Congratulations to Elizabeth McKillip! You won my giveaway. Please email your mailing address to me at

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