Popeye & Olive Oyl

Popeye and Olive Oyl

I Yam what I Yam!

One of the positive things about being an empty nester is that I now have time to put together Halloween costumes for Jim and I.  Dressing up for Halloween has become a fun tradition for us the last three years.

We never dressed up when the kids were home but now that I don’t have to make and put together costumes for four kids I can do it for us!

I think half the fun for me is deciding what famous couple we are going to be and then putting the costumes together.  The majority of our costume comes from Goodwill so the hunt is half the fun.  I also like keeping who we are going to be a secret from our friends and neighbors.  It is fun to show up at our neighbors Halloween party each year and have everyone surprised!

Popeye and Olive Oyl

This year we (or I guess I should say I, as Jim isn’t really allowed much input!)  decided to go as Popeye and Olive Oyl.  Although I have to say I definitely prefer myself as a blond!

Popeye and Olive Oyl

I lucked out and found the perfect Olive Oyl wig at Goodwill on my very first trip there to look for costume pieces.  I guess it was just meant to be.  I also found my skirt and red sweater at Goodwill along with Jim’s royal blue pants and navy shirt.   I purchased his yellow belt, corn cob pipe and Sweet Pea’s outfit on Amazon.  I borrowed a baby doll from a friend and Popeye’s muscles were also borrowed.  A bit of yellow ribbon sewed along the bottom of the skirt was the perfect Olive Oyl touch.  We already owned the sailor hat and my white ruffle blouse.

Popeye and Olive Oyl

About an hour before the party I realized I had no white ruffly socks or red earrings so I made a quick run to Target and found the ruffly socks in the children’s department.  Good thing I have little feet and I bought some round gold earrings and ran home and spray painted them red real quick! I may still have a little red paint on my ear lobes!

Popeye and Olive Oyl

So I’m already thinking about next year  and what famous couple we should be – have any suggestions for me?

The night of our neighbors party Jim and the boys were at a Duck football game so I had to recruit my teenager neighbor to be my stand in Popeye!  He was so kind to oblige me and he looked so cute!  He was such a good sport!

Here are our costumes from the past two years:

Cruella De VIL and Horace

Cruella De VIL


Mary Poppins and Bert

Mary Poppins & Bert

So who should we be next year??

 Happy Halloween!


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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Donna says

    That is SUCH a cute idea! I think I’m going to file this away for hubs and me in a few years when our nest is empty!

  2. Elisa Bash says

    Leigh Anne,
    Your husband and you a beautiful couple. Love this year’s Halloween costume. I have been following your blog for a few years. It is always fun to see what ideas you come up with next.
    Happy Halloween!

  3. Valerie H. says

    Oh how funny! This was one of the ideas that I suggested for you for this year. You both look really great! Ha ha ha! Happy Halloween to the Wilkes!

  4. Erin says

    I love seeing your costumes! So cute and fun.
    How about Charlie Brown and the girl in the blue dress….totally just slipped my mind what her name is…

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