My annual tradition of ranking my friends' Halloween costumes continues!  And this marks the fourth year I've been doing this.  I honestly never have the time or desire to dress up, so I live vicariously and enjoy this particular holiday through my friends.  And, here are the Top Ten Halloween Costumes for 2017. My friends (and their kids) just careered it this year.  We've got Ashley Judd, Colonel Sanders, Rosie the Riveter and, yes, April the Giraffe!


HONORABLE MENTION- MARYANN & PAUL COOK

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You know you're singing the Smurfs theme right now.  Go ahead.  Admit it.  You just "La-la-la-la-la-la" your face off.  My friends MaryAnn and Paul Cook were freaking awesome as Smurfette and Papa Smurf.  These costumes are so right on, it's entirely possible they'll be terrorized by Gargamel.

 

#10- KRISTYN HUMPREY

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Kristyn Humphrey and her kids turned Halloween into a massive DIY project and they knocked it out of the park.  Kristyn mentioned that, after creating these looks, they wished they had entered a costume contest. Little did they know, they kinda did.  Kristyn did all the makeup and accessory work by hand and Grant, Lilly and Tyler look amazing in this awesome tribute to El Dia de Los Muertos!

#9 TRACI DAVIS

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WBKR sales manager Traci Davis went back to World War II for her inspiration.  Her take on Rosie the Riveter was . . . well . . . riveting!  This modern-day working woman pays tribute to one of true legends of the female workforce!

#8- AMY JACKSON AND HER McCOWORKERS

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Chad, would you like fries with your annual Top Ten list?  Why, yes I would, thank you!  Amy Jackson and her coworkers from First Security Bank took a creative approach to becoming an order of McDonald's French fries.  And, naturally, I'm lovin' it!

 

#7- JOJO GESSER

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Josephine Gesser, one of my favorite Girl Scouts on the planet, decided to put a little "doe a deer" into her Halloween.  She basically became a shifter and transformed herself into a deer!  Love the makeup.  Love the antlers. But, be careful if you're near the woods, Jojo.  It's deer season and this is a little too convincing.  I'd hate for some random hunter to pop a cap into your pumpkin!

#6- ANGEL, KENDRA, ASHLEY AND JASON

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My coworkers Angel, Ashley, Kendra and Jason decided to go as The Golden Girls.  I'm not sure where Angel got her Betty White-inspired dress, but it's perfection.  Kendra's Sophia gown is a scream.  Ashley's take on Bea Arthur's resting "b" face is on the money (Shady Pines, Ma?).  And Jason as Blanche . . . is . . . well . . . alluring and seductive.  And the foursome get bonus points for launching into the theme song at our company Halloween party!  Thank you for being a friend.

 

#5- TARA NOEL ESTES

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Tara Estes nearly always makes this list.  She LOVES Halloween and will tell you that she lives for becoming other people.  And this look is a scream.  Remember Ashley Judd's recent unfortunate encounter at the airport.  She claimed a security worker "touched" her after calling her "sweetheart" and telling her she had on a "nice dress."  Well, this is what she looked like in the video she posted on social media.  And Tara nailed it.

#4- SAMMY TANNER

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I say this all the time.  My friend Sammy's drag alter ego, Patti Melt, is one of my absolute favorite things in this world.  But this year, Sammy . . . oops . . . I mean, Patti . . . served us up a twist.  Patti attended a party celebrating the divas of Broadway and she morphed into Liza Minnelli.  Werk it, Liza.  Werk it, Patti.  Sammy slays.

#3- CHARLIE JOHNSON

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I literally laughed out loud when I saw this photo pop up on my Facebook feed.  My buddy Charlie Johnson is serving up Back to the Future realness.  This look is everything.  The hair.  The glasses.  The costume.  The expression.  Priceless!!

#2- NATHON MIDKIFF

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I told you the kids rocked it out this year.  And I absolutely love this costume worn by my friend Mary Reed Midkiff's son, Nathon!  He brought Colonel Sanders back to life . . . bucket of chicken and all.  This is hilarious!

#1- SHELBY LIGHTON

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Shelby Lighton makes this list nearly every year.  She is a riot, insanely creative and always thinks outside the box.  This year she morphed into everyone's favorite webcam guilty pleasure, April the Giraffe!   By the way, she made this costume!!  And, naturally, April, because she became so media-obsessed during her never-ending pregnancy, is holding a selfie stick!  LOL!

Huge shout out to all my friends who made this year's list!  Unbelievable creativity and work!