Halloween Spook-tacular and Cinematic Costume Contest

It's never too early to start planning for one of the best times of the year . . . Halloween! You don't have to be a small child to enjoy this spooky, fun, and festive holiday. Like a fine wine, Halloween gets better with age.

We will return to the John Wayne room of Vintage Brewing for our 2013 Halloween Spook-tacular. We will enjoy a private room with cash bar and appetizers. Costumes are encouraged but not required, and of course, we will have a costume contest with fabulous prizes!

If you plan to come in costume, please choose whatever you like. However, if you'd like to participate in the contest, we are paying homage to the silver screen by awarding a prize for:

"Best Costume for a Character from the Movies"

Choose ANY character you want from ANY movie. If you think about it, most Halloween costumes are based on characters found in movies (historical, fact, or fiction). Have fun with it and be as creative as you like. We can hardly wait to see what you all come up with. As per usual, though, please keep all personal anatomy covered--nothing X-rated.

We will post more details as the event draws nearer, but in the meantime, start thinking about your most memorable movies and characters as inspiration for your costumes. Hope to see you at the party on October 31!

This meet-up is also cross posted with Madison Area Single Professionals and Movies and Meals meetup groups. Please RSVP only once through one of those groups. Thanks!

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  • Diane

    Loved all the costumes. Thanks for organizing it.

    November 2, 2013

  • kim p

    A BIG "THANK YOU!" to Jean and Lori for yet another awesome Halloween gala! Lots of fun!

    November 1, 2013

  • Didi

    Thank you Jean & Lori for everything that goes into making this event totally spook-tacular!!

    November 1, 2013

  • Diane

    Thank you Jean and Lori for the great event. Nice to meet new people too. Had a great time.

    November 1, 2013

  • Val

    Thank you Jean and Lori for organizing! The food was great and I loved to see the creativity in the group.

    November 1, 2013

  • Anita

    Thank you Jean and Lori for a well organized and very fun event!

    November 1, 2013

  • Liz T

    This was a great party and really well organised so thanks and great job on the photos Lori.

    November 1, 2013

  • Dave D.

    Great Party, Many thanks to Jean and Lori S. for doing a fantastic job of organizing this event!

    November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A special thanks goes to co-host Lori For her stellar photography and to Dan for carefully counting the ballots to determine our contest winners. You rock!

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Nate

    I want to thank the organizers, and everyone that dressed up in costume too. Good time.

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Sue

    Thanks Jean for organizing the Spook-tacular it was great fun!!!

    October 31, 2013

    • Sue

      Oops Thanks to Lori too!! You are quite the photographer! :)

      October 31, 2013

  • Linda

    Thank you, Jean and Lori, for hosting a fun spirited evening!

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fantastic turnout! Wonderful time, everyone, and thank you again for your enthusiastic participation. Congratulations to Terry and Kim for winning the costume contest as the shower scene from "Psycho" and to Sushi Guy for his second place finish. Both costumes were especially creative and innovative. But there was some great competition in the room-- you all really stepped up and captured the spirit of the occasion. We'll do it again next year!

    2 · October 31, 2013

  • Dorothy G.

    Do I have to have a costume...will potentially becoming directly from work...

    1 · October 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You don't have to have a costume, Dorothy, we'd be glad to see you just as you are.

      October 31, 2013

  • Naomi M.

    I hope someone can go in my place. I have come down with a bad cold and I need to take care of myself. I look forward to being at the next event.

    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only one more day to our meetup Halloween Spook-tacular! Can you feel the excitement?!? When you arrive at the Vintage, please head directly to the back area. The hostess can direct you if you need. Also, in order to help pay the event's expenses, a suggested donation of $5 to $10 would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, in advance, for anything you would care to contribute. And as always, thank you for your enthusiastic participation--it will be a wonderful party. Happy Halloween to you all, and see you tomorrow night!

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, everyone. Can you believe it--only two more days to our Spook-tacular! We are so looking forward to this event and to seeing the fun, creative costumes many of you will have. Since this year's theme pays homage to the silver screen, the prizes for 1st and 2nd place for "Best Costume for a Character from the Movies" will be dinner and a movie.

    Top prize: $40 gift certificate for Madison Originals and a $20 gift card to Marcus Theaters. You can use the Madison Originals gift certificate at your choice of 49 local privately-owned restaurants in the Madison area.

    Second prize: $20 gift certificate for Madison Originals and a $10 gift card to Marcus Theaters. See you on Thursday!

    2 · October 29, 2013

  • John C

    It would help those on wait lists if those who are in multiple groups only RSVP to ONE group.

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First grandchild being born in Germantown on Friday morning, 11/1. I'll be dressing up like a grandma and getting out of town.

    6 · August 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, I have an idea: I should form a Sexy, Sassy Grandmas group!

      4 · September 24, 2013

    • Willie W.

      Congrats Sheri! It's an exciting event. I hope all goes well! FYI, it's been in the low 90's this whole week here in Phoenix. I'm lovin' it.

      2 · October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, folks! Thank you all so much for your interest in the Halloween Spook-tacular at the Vintage. Lori and I are both ecstatic about the turnout and are excited to see your costumes if you choose to dress up. Also, since we have this meetup posted on three sites, we request that you need only RSVP on one site to make room for those popping up on Wait Lists. We want to give as many people as possible a chance to participate. Thanks again for your enthusiasm, and we'll see you at the Vintage on October 31!

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I received a tip that Costumes with Character in Sun Prairie has announced that there will be a ten percent discount for anyone mentioning that they are a meetup member. I am not familiar with the business personally, but the costumes are supposed to be good quality and are for sale or rent. This is a single private owner.

    Costumes with Character (CWC)
    819 West Main St.
    Sun Prairie, WI 53590
    Jennifer Cleereman Owner
    (906)[masked]
    [masked]

    Of course, there are a number of places you can look when choosing your costume including the internet, thrift shops, attics, and closets. You all always come up with some really creative things, and I can hardly wait to see what comes to the Vintage this year!

    September 24, 2013

    • Ann

      Jennifer is great to work with! She's no longer in her former Main St. location. I wondered where she went, and just found a 299 Linnerud address. You might want to email or call just to find out where she really is these days!?

      September 24, 2013

  • Kathryn

    I have Braden, and my guess is that this is for adults only. Plus, I think he would shoot me if he missed trick or treating....or at least mentally want to. :)

    September 20, 2013

  • Michael R D.

    Boo all you hob gobblins

    April 15, 2013

  • kim p

    WOW! Over 6 months to plan our costumes! Looking forward to it already :)

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Brenda

    RE: PHOTO--- what a couple of beauties!!! I would not mess with either of you!! :)

    April 15, 2013

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