Justin’s Jawa Halloween

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At Fireside Games we LOVE Halloween! Like, REALLY LOVE Halloween.

For our fearless leaders, Anne-Marie & Justin, it is a time to deck the hallowed halls with an elaborate Halloween display in their yard and throw a big party for their friends with costumes and special themed foods.

For Kris & Maureen it is a time to break out their mad costume and prop skills and the best time to shop for home décor they use year ‘round. Kris’ obsession with black cats is highly rewarded this time of year with all sorts of themed goodies and Maureen is basically made of sugar so the candy options are of particular interest to her in October.

Sweeney Todd Halloween costumes
Justin & Anne-Marie dressed as Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett for Halloween

Today we are going to feature Justin and let him share one of his favorite costumes & memories from a childhood Halloween.  We invite you to share yours with us in the comments below.


“My 1979 Jawa costume was my favorite one as a kid. Obviously, I was nuts for Star Wars and wanted to be a Jawa. My Dad spray-painted a Casper the ghost mask black and then attached two small, red led’s to the mask. They ran off a 9 volt battery that I kept in my pocket all night long. My Mom sewed the entire costume including the sash which had little boxes of stuff attached. The hood was done with Velcro so I could get it on and off easily.

“I grabbed a toy laser gun and it was time for trick-or-treating! The costume was amazing. I was pretty short, and in the dark, where you couldn’t see my face, all you saw where those 2 beady red eyes. It was super fun to run around in that thing. My dad took me trick or treating that year, and every door had the same reaction of ‘WOW, great costume!’ followed by a big scoop of candy. At least that’s how it went for a while.

“About halfway through our neighborhood, I go up to knock on the door, and it’s just me, not a group of kids or anything, just me. An older woman opened the door and at first she didn’t see me. Then she looked down and before I could even say ‘Trick or Treat!’ her eyes got huge, she screamed and slammed the door in my face.

“I was stunned. I could hear her screaming on the other side of the door for her husband and I had no idea what to do now. I turned to look at my Dad who was back on the sidewalk waiting for me, but he was doubled over with laughter. Right when I turned back to the door, it opened and there was her husband with a huge grin on his face, and the woman cowering behind him.

‘It’s just a kid!’ he said, as he handed me my goodies.

‘What are you supposed to be?’ the woman asked.

‘I’m a Jawa!’ I said proudly.

‘A what?’

‘A Jawa.’ I replied again.

“The husband chuckled and wished me a happy Halloween as he closed the door and I turned to walk back to my Dad. That was all we talked about all night and for the next few days. ‘Dad, I really scared that lady!’

“I was elated that I had actually managed to scare a grown up, but also a little sorry that it had really scared her. In the end I decided that was the perfect mix of Halloween and that’s why my Jawa costume is my favorite costume ever.”

Justin Jawa costume 1979

Now that’s a fun memory! Share your favorite Halloween story with us in the comments, and have a safe and Happy Halloween.

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