Around Halloween every single year since its start, there is a local group of Boise State friends dedicated to having the best costumes around. They get together, and decide on a theme and go nuts. Many of these people go to or have graduated from Boise State, not that anyone would recognize them while in costume.
“Chris Gibbons and I, we were on the wrestling team at Boise State, and the annual wrestling Halloween party is huge. To get in, you have to have a good costume,” said Bowser, or Levi Holt, a Boise State graduate. “The costumes got pretty competitive. We started compiling all of our friends and we made the X-Men that year and it was huge.”
The gang had such a blast that year that they decided to keep the new-found hobby alive. Another year, the group went as villains from the mega popular superhero comic Batman. The tradition has been going on for four years.
“Eventually it stopped becoming a wrestling thing, it became more of an us thing,” Holt said.
This year, the group dressed as characters from the popular video game Mario Kart. To make matters even better, they went go-karting in the Mario Kart fashion. It’s no surprise that children and parents swarmed the team for photos the moment they stepped into the building.
“We usually do about a week’s worth of stuff,” Holt said. “We put all this money and work into our costumes; we might as well get the most out of it.”
This year, almost every major character from Mario was represented. Decked out from head to toe, not one single detail went unnoticed. Mario, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach, Daisy, Bowser, Toad, Yoshi, Waluigi and Shy Guy were all in costume and ready to race.
After planning the theme and deciding who gets to be who, it takes about two months for each person to make their costume, which they do completely from scratch.
“We all have crazy schedules with work and school and everything else, so to make it look decent, you need to have a little bit of time,” said Toad, otherwise known as Kaycee Holt, an accounting graduate student.
The members of the group are all very good friends and are all smiles in their costumes.
“We are the weirdest friends on the planet,” Levi Holt said. “If you take every person here and single them out individually, we’ve always been kind of loners. It’s crazy we all found each other.”