Getting Excited...

Las Vegas + Halloween = Love. The first year that we went to Las Vegas for Halloween was in 2007.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from this year, but we stayed at the classy Excalibur Resort and Casio with our friends, Sarah and John. Sarah and John dressed up as gold and silver.  Doug and my costumes were far less awesome and not even worth mentioning.  Sarah won $80 at the penny slots, John got kicked off of the Casino gaming floor for having a painted face, and we danced our socks off at a nightclub (Doug and I are dancing machines). 
We have to practice a lot to look this good.
In 2008, we had talked up our previous trip all year. This was all part of our foolproof plan.  By the time Halloween rolled around, we had a few more friends who were desperate to come along with us.  That year, three of us dressed up as characters from Scooby Doo.  The highlight of the trip was when Doug used his "Scooby Snacks" fruit snacks to bribe a bouncer into letting us into a nightclub with a hideously long line.

Doug, Lizzie and Brent as the Scooby Doo gang.

My brother, Jimmy, as a Spartan, me as Daphne, Doug as Shaggy, Sarah as a ladybug, Steve as a Tootsie Roll, Jennifer as a cowgirl and Brent as Freddie.  Oh... and Scooby, of course, as himself.
This was also the year that we discovered the breakfast buffet at Mandalay Bay.  Give us a pile of crab legs, a bowl of butter, and all you can eat dessert, and we are the happiest people alive.

In 2009, we got even classier and stayed 5 people to a room at Hooters Resort and Casino.  Eight of us dressed up as Alice in Wonderland characters.

Brent as the Caterpillar, Matt as the King of Hearts, Sarah as the Queen of Hearts, Rachel as the Mushroom, Jennifer as Alice, Mike as the White Rabbit, Lizzie as the Cheshire Cat, and Doug as the Mad Hatter.
Jimmy chose not to participate in the group costume and instead went as a "gay fish."  I think you need to see South Park to understand the reference.

A very happy group after the breakfast buffet.
I think my brother put it best when he said, "As soon as I get off the plane in Las Vegas this year, I am going to explode with happiness."  He is flying all the way from Law School in Virginia, four of our friends from Northern California are flying down, and I am so excited that I can hardly stand it.

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