Last week we asked you to send us picture of your Halloween costumes, and did you ever! Picking our favorites was no easy task. Leave it to our readers to get creative on Halloween; no off-the-rack costumes here, and a minimum of blood and gore, to boot. Not that we don't fully embrace blood-'n'-gore here at the floss, but I've seen so many Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, Scream guy and Jigsaw costumes over the past few 'weens, it makes me wonder why instead of dressing up like fictional serial killers people never cross that line and dress up like real ones? You'd think a Jeffrey Dahmer costume would be pretty easy to whip up, for instance: just put on your mid-80s rapist glasses and carry around a few fake body parts for the evening. (No? Oh, well.) Unfortunately, I'm a bad role model -- my costume was unspeakably lame -- partly because I had already put together a costume for John Green, who was in LA doing a book reading and needed a last-minute costume. Since it was up to me, I dressed him as Walt Whitman:

(If he doesn't look like he's about to loose any barbaric yawps, it's because he kept swallowing bits of the $5 beard which was, by all accounts, the centerpiece of the costume.) Now without further ado, on to the reader-submitted costumes!

Well actually, first we'll do a blogger-submitted costume: Stacy and friend went all-out as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett (at Disneyland?) -- and even had this talented person make her pie purse!sweeney and lovett.jpg

Reader Kyla dressed as her favorite non-Charlie-Brown Peanuts character, Lucy Van Pelt. She writes: "I built the booth so I could wear it at my desk and carry it around with me when I walked. It was a lot of fun, and the best part was every one who walked into my office on Friday and saw me sitting there in it had to smile (I'm a receptionist.) Not to mention people kept putting money in my jar (not pictured!) The costume ended up paying for itself!"

Kate Bryant came up with a flossy twist on your typical "sexy" female costume (sexy witch, sexy cop, sexy vampire, etc) -- sexy Abe Lincoln! Hey, Kate: you can emancipate us anytime! Hubba hubba!sexy_abe.jpg

Megan and her friend Arnie dressed as a cheap romance novel cover, which I assume only makes sense once they're photoshopped onto said cover, as they are here:romance novel cover.jpg

But because Megan refuses to repeat a costume, even if it's at two parties on the same night, she also dressed as Carmen Sandiego:

... as did Victoria Gonzales, complete with cheap ploy to get us to print her photo (it worked):carmenn.JPG

Bryan Yerman went as Waldo ...waldo.jpg

... while Jeannie and her husband went as Carmen Sandiego and Waldo. OK, we get it -- our readers love missing persons costumes! What, no Amelia Earhart? No Jimmy Hoffa, no Steve Fossett? (Oh wait, they found him. It woulda been funny, tho.)
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Finally, reader Peter Donahue couldn't bear to pry himself away from his Facebook page to go trick-or-treating ... so he took it with him. (We just hope he didn't superpoke anyone.)facebook.jpg

Thanks again for all your great entries -- we're looking forward to next year!