This is Nikki, a first-year member of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders.
With Halloween nearing an end and Thanksgiving on its way, I’d like to take some time to talk about my second favorite thing about Halloween — COSTUMES! (I’ll have to agree with Tara that candy is clearly the best thing about the spooktacular holiday!)
I had the opportunity to check out nearly 900 costumes as kids of all ages passed through INVESCO’s haunted underground at the annual Broncos Bunch “Trick-or-Treat” party last Tuesday.
I also had the chance to see what was “in” with 600 girls at this year’s Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Halloween clinic. Now that’s nearly 1500 costumes I saw this year!
All these festive getups got me thinking about a) What should I be next year? and b) What is it exactly that makes for a “good” Halloween costume? Is it solely the idea? Does it depend on group coordination and creativity? Or is it a battle between the “homemade” vs. “Party City’s?” I’d love to know what you think!
As for my evaluation of this year’s “most popular” costumes, it definitely went to the following: Lady Gagas, insects (lady bugs and bumble bees), candy corn variations (witches and fairies) for the girls. Iron Men, Wolverines, and Buzz and Woodys were popular choices for the boys (must have been the release of Toy Story 3).
As far as creativity goes, I’m going to personally have to award one of my Junior Cheerleaders with her tulip costume (homemade, pink face and all!). Another Junior Cheerleader wore a hot pink fur gorilla suit head to toe (keep in mind this was a 10-year-old girl — hysterical!). My other favorites were a magician who had his baby brother as a magic rabbit in a hat (a HUGE hat that is and a very little brother) and an iPod (cardboard draped in front and in back, light blue, with a displayed playlist of her favorite artists: Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Hannah Montana, of course!)
Now you may be wondering what some of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders sported this season. Some of our alumni strutted fantastic renditions of Gaga. Christina was an inflatable pumpkin (so funny to watch her dance in this). Janelle, Lauren, and I were “Snap, Crackle and Pop” and Bri was Elvis (chest hair and all!)
So again I ask, “What is it that makes a costume an ‘unforgettable costume?’” I’d love to hear your opinions and what great costumes you saw this year, so please share! Because I don’t know about you, but I need to start thinking about what I’m going to be next year!
Thanks, Broncos Country!
Look for more thoughts from Nikki and other Broncos cheerleaders throughout the 2010 season.