Northrup’s Got Spirit

When it comes to Halloween, the folks in our Northrup apartment building commit. It’s serious stuff. With the recent addition of Andy and Catherine, who seem equally if not more into Halloween than the rest of us, we’re a little four-plex of hot bubblin’ love for the holiday.

Enter if you dare

Enter if you dare

First step: pumpkin carving. We and the other building residents gathered last Monday evening – despite the fact Jeff and I just got back from Indiana at midnight that morning – for a potluck and carving party, just like we did last year. Jeff and I stepped up our game with our pumpkins compared to last year’s embarassments.

Second step: passing out candy. For our third year in a row, we celebrated Halloween night by ordering takeout, drinking holiday brews and hoisting candy down to kids from our building’s shared front balcony. This year’s setup totally trumped prior years; we had spooky Pandora music jamming from our portable speaker; cobwebs, lights and severed extremities galore; a laser to guide kids to our front door; and later in the evening, Andy’s freakishly realistic-sounding cougar roar to startle the older kids.

Third step: Halloween costume party. Our friends Jessica and Todd eagerly volunteered for party hosting duties, which took the burden off us after last year’s soiree in our backyard. Lindsay, Daniel, Jeff and I thought long and hard about costume ideas to follow our particularly awesome KISS costumes from Halloween 2012. Well, we couldn’t come up with anything better than Batman and villains, so Jeff took the Joker, I was Poison Ivy, Lindsay shimmied into a Catwoman outfit, and Daniel led the crew as Batman. The rest of the costumes at the party were pretty legit – check out some of them below. We jetted before the clock struck midnight though, since Jeff had a Amsterdam-bound flight (work trip) leaving the next day. That means I’m flying solo this week – dealing with the very scary reality of having to cook for myself for the first stretch in years! Eek!

Me, hacking away at my pumpkin

Me, hacking away at my pumpkin (credit: Daniel Stark Photography)

Our upstairs neighbor, Andy, carving like a pro with a headlamp

Our upstairs neighbor, Andy, carving like a pro with a headlamp (credit: Daniel Stark Photography)

Jeff and his albino pumpkin

Jeff and his albino pumpkin

Newlyweds Kent and Miranda working as a team

Newlyweds Kent and Miranda showing some teamwork

Relaxing around the fire as Jeff finishes up

Relaxing around the fire as Jeff finishes up (credit: Daniel Stark Photography)

Cozy.

Cozy.

Proud of our work!

Proud of our work!

...so of course, taking lots of pictures.

…so of course, taking lots of pictures. (credit: Daniel Stark Photography)

Beauties! (Guess which one's mine?)

Beauties! (Guess which one’s mine?)

Ghosts in the backyard!

Ghosts in the backyard!

The apartment building all decked out for Halloween night

The apartment building all decked out for Halloween night

Rawr. Guess who?

Rawr. Guess who?

Daniel manning the candy basket on the balcony

Daniel manning the candy basket on the balcony

Our spook house

Our spook house

Catwoman and Batman (aka Lindsay and Daniel)

Catwoman and Batman (aka Lindsay and Daniel)

The Joker and Poison Ivy (Jeff and me!)

The Joker and Poison Ivy (Jeff and me!)

The Golden Girls (Jessica, Erin, Katie and Lindsey)

The Golden Girls (Jessica, Erin, Katie and Lindsey)

Leah and Todd (Tammy and Ron Swanson), with Jeff photobombing

Leah and Todd (Tammy and Ron Swanson), with Jeff photobombing

Kristen and Jesse, who started dating at our Halloween party last year

Clemson alum Kristen and Jesse, who started dating at our Halloween party last year

Woody and Jessie (Stephen and Jen)

Woody and Jessie (Stephen and Jen)

Party people

Party people

Golden Girl Sophia (aka Erin) taking a nip from the Fireball...and her sis Sarah lovin' it

Golden Girl Sophia (aka Erin) taking a nip from the Fireball…and her sis Sarah lovin’ it

Me, Lindsay, Anne, Sarah, Matt and Eddie

Me, Lindsay, Anne, Sarah, Matt and Eddie

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

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