Surviving Sandy & Candy

Well, so far this week I have weathered two storms . . . Frankenstorm Sandy and a tidal wave of children hopped up on sugar.  These are the after effects of both . . .

The hurricane came and went with very little damage to yours truly, although watching the news and speaking to friends and family, we were the lucky ones.  We never lost power for more than a few seconds or so, and did not experience any excessive damage to the house.  That was, of course, because we had a brand new generator, had the bathtubs and huge pots in the kitchen filled with water, and all of our flashlights were in working condition.  You’re welcome, Maryland. 

Granted, my front window did decide to take this opportunity to start pissing rain water into my house, so I was on “dog towel” duty all day Monday and most of Tuesday, but that was minor in comparison to what we could have experienced.


Although, watching the news, I saw that the coastal areas of the East Coast got hit pretty hard, with some major flooding.  This is the restaurant/bar my family and I frequent when we go down to Ocean City, MD every year:

Yeah, it’s not normally an island of it’s own.  And then, of course, in our neighboring states of New Jersey and New York, there was quite a bit of flooding as well:


Somewhere in New York City.

I understand people in those regions still are without electricity and phone service.  I hope they get their services back and running as soon as possible. 

One fun aside was some of the news footage of the storm.  While watching flooding and people who have lost their homes and electricity is never fun . . . watching the idiot reporters try to report from out in the middle of a hurricane always makes my day.  This guy couldn’t even stand up to talk to the reporters in the newsroom.  Safe and dry reporters I might add:

I’m sad to report . . . I mean happy, happy to report he did not get blown away as he was still standing the next morning, reporting from the beach again.  However, I feel this would have been an appropriate Darwin moment.

Once the storm had passed, we then had the onslaught of Halloween festivities, beginning with the costume parade at my son’s school.  There were some interesting costumes there.  Some of my favorites:

Hey look!  It’s a (sing it with me now, peeps) One eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater . . .

Not sure what these guys were supposed to be.  But I appreciate the all over body suit type costumes for ease of posting on my blog without worrying about showing kid faces! 

My favorite part of this ostrich riding outfit was the jaunty fedora the kid is wearing. 

If I had known someone was dressing as a laundry basket, I would have brought some of mine to sneak in there with her load!

STAY PUFT!!  And then there was this . . .
Uh-oh.  Dude, I bet it got ugly out on the playground at recess that day.

The teachers dressed up, too.  This was Cruella and her Dalmatians.

I think this was the principal.  I was a bit too freaked out by this costume to ask, though.

This was my favorite costume that came to our house for trick or treating.  I love the homemade creative ones.

My kids dressed as the obligatory Avenger superheroes, thus necessitating that their parents join in on that theme.  Last year they were Things One and Two, so I got a striped hat and big red bow tie and went around as Suess.  This year, they were Iron Man and Captain America, so I wore black and donned a red wig, ala Black Widow.  I also made the hubs dress the part this year as well, much to his chagrin.  All he had to do was wear khaki shorts and a green shirt, and I got him this knit hat with hulk hair and eyebrows on it.  So, we were a family of superheroes. 

Which lasted just long enough to take pictures of it, then my youngest took the mask and gloves off, got cold when we went outside, and ended up trick or treating in two sweatshirts, one so big (it was his dad’s) that it covered his entire body down to his feet.  I just told everyone he was going as Sweatshirt Boy!  His powers are legendary. 

And yes, he was also eating a cupcake while we were trick or treating.  He likes to get a nice sugar coating around his tummy before he hits the big stuff later in the night.


How did you fair in the storm?  What did you (or your kids) go as for Halloween?  What was the most creative costume you saw?


23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. She's a Maineiac
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 09:45:25

    So happy to hear you guys are okay and with power!

    Loved the vending machine costume.
    I went as myself with a Luigi mustache and at one point I wore my daughter’s flowing red Brave wig. All photos of me will be destroyed.


    • mistyslaws
      Nov 08, 2012 @ 13:06:25

      Thanks. We were lucky.

      Oh man, Luigi’s mustache with Brave’s wig? Why oh why would you not share such majesty? I’ll make a deal with you . . . I’ll send you the pic of my family all dressed up (indluding me and the hubs!), if you send me yours. I think the “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” effect is at play here. What do you say? 😉


  2. madtante
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:45:26

    The purple people eater is AWESOME! Glad you’re okay.


    • mistyslaws
      Nov 08, 2012 @ 13:07:54

      I know! Ok, confession time. I was stumped as to what that was at first, and first wrote “anyone have any clue?” And then as I was writing the rest of the post, I found myself humming the purple people eater song. It was like my subconscious was trying to tell me something. And that something was, “Dude, you’re an idiot. Duh!”


  3. Leauxra
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:57:58

    I would love to see your whole family’s costume (although I understand why you can’t post it).

    You know what I went as this year?

    Yeah, nothing.

    ((hangs head in shame)). To my credit, though, I did give out candy. I know. I know. New Orleans is going to disown me for not taking an opportunity to dress up and running with it.


    • mistyslaws
      Nov 08, 2012 @ 13:09:03

      We were the superest of the superheros!! 🙂

      You didn’t . . . you didn’t dress up? As anything? But but . . . it’s Halloween! The one time of year you can be anything and look ridiculous ON PURPOSE. For shame, Leauxra. :p


  4. Slobber Tales (@SlobberTales)
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 12:46:40

    Glad your damage was so minor!!! Also, those kids are TOOOOO cute!


  5. Inappropriately Nat (@natsnaughty)
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 12:47:53

    Goddamn it. Wrong profile. Sorry. ^^ That’s me ^^


  6. Rachel
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 15:13:33

    I’m almost certain that the kids with “no faces” were supposed to be Slenderman. I don’t know that much about him, but he’s some sort of urban legend made up on the internet about a faceless man in a suit who stalks you before killing you. There’s also something about leaving notes (“Always watching – No eyes” is a popular one) but I don’t really know details. You could probably Google it.


    • mistyslaws
      Nov 08, 2012 @ 13:10:45

      Um, thanks? And I think I’ll pass on the Googling. Just your description pretty much freaked me out. But at least now I know what all those faceless kids were trying to be. Apparently, my worst nightmare.


  7. Andrea
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 16:14:14

    I saw a girl dressed in a box that was made into a Redbox—very cool! My son’s gangster costume was questioned as a: lawyer, businessman, and Dean Martin or the Blues Brothers (he had another gangster friend with him). Luckily having “Crayola” pinned to her didn’t leave much to question for my daughter.


  8. Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd
    Nov 03, 2012 @ 15:21:49

    I’m so glad y’all made it through the hurricane safe and sound!

    I love Sweatshirt Boy! He almost looks like a ghost.


  9. Valentine Logar
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 07:45:28

    Love the costumes! Thanks for the pick me up, the purple people eater was awesome but the homemade costumes are just great.

    Glad my all made it through the storm with so little damage.


  10. thoughtsappear
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 07:54:47

    That vending machine looks like one where everything gets stuck.


  11. Vesta Vayne
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 09:10:34

    Sweatshirt boy is too cute! Our friend’s kid was a whoopie cushion for Halloween.

    So happy to hear you guys made it through the hurricane safe and sound!


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