I have a confession: I LOVE everything about planning, making and wearing a costume and therefore, Halloween is my favorite holiday. This was fine when we were all seven and everyone just did what they had to do to get a pillowcase full of free candy, but now that I’m an adult, I find that asking my friends to dress up for Halloween is met with the same degree of enthusiasm as asking them to help me move. That’s why I had a major “bee girl in the Blind Melon video” moment when I arrived at last year’s Annual HallowMEME Costume Contest and Party at the Bell House to find hundreds of Internet-savvy kindred spirits clad in elaborate, homemade costumes inspired by memes and viral videos. Sure, a lot of the references went over my head, but these were my people, and I spent the rest of the night admiring an expertly painted Gotye and Kimbra, a bronzed tan mom, the Jesus fresco, and about a hundred Psys, all of whom were just as into the costume thing as I was. I’ve already sent my rsvp for this year’s party, which starts at 8:30 this Thursday night—you guys better get cracking on your getups! –K.H.