This Halloween, country stars are a little preoccupied getting ready for Thursday night’s CMA Awards in Nashville. Even so, that doesn’t mean they won’t take time out to celebrate the holiday with the little ghouls and goblins in their lives. Others reflect on memorable Halloweens past in these stories we’ve rounded up:
— Taylor Swift fans everywhere will be dressing up like her this Halloween, and there’s one look of hers they copy the most. Taylor tells ABC News Radio, “Easily it’s the ‘You Belong with Me’ character — the girl with the t-shirt. I have seen so many people with that — the t-shirt that’s been drawn all over.”
Since she has her name on everything from greeting cards to pizza boxes these days, it’s no surprise Taylor immediately thinks of a way to market that t-shirt idea. She says with a laugh, “We really should have made that into a merch item so people could buy that. We should have just recreated it.”
— Jerrod Niemann is one of country music’s more imaginative stars, so it’s no surprise he got creative with his Halloween costume a few years back. He went to the costume store at the last minute and picked up what they had left — a prisoners’ outfit and a Santa beard — to create the costume “Santa in Prison.”
His girlfriend at the time was dressed as a provocative Cinderella. Jerrod tells ABC News Radio, “That’s the great thing about Halloween is girls can dress really provocative as some of our favorite characters throughout time.”
That Halloween was memorable for more than Jerrod’s costume. As he and his girlfriend were walking along that night, a few guys yelled a disrespectful comment at Jerrod’s girlfriend, and he had to take matters into his own hands. “You know, you gotta stand up for your girl, and if something bad happens, you did the right thing,” he says.
After Jerrod yelled something back at the rude carload of guys, they got out and started fighting with Jerrod. He hung in there punch for punch, but says, “Every time I was struck, I thought, ‘You’re beatin’ up Santa! And he’s already in prison! I mean, gah!'”
It all turned out OK in the end, though, although Jerrod and the suggestive Cinderella eventually broke up. As he puts it, “Santa survived, and our relationship didn’t.”
— Dierks Bentley‘s Halloween costume is picked out for him by his oldest daughter, Evie. Last year he dressed up as Swiper the Fox from Dora the Explorer at her request. Dierks actually made the costume himself: he says, “I used spray paint to make it, so I was inhaling spray paint like the whole time.” This year Evie is going as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, so Dierks may be dressed as the Tin Man or the Scarecrow.
The Bentleys usually celebrate Halloween with a friend of theirs who lives on a street that shuts down for the holiday. Dierks says with a laugh, “There’s kegs in the front yard for the adults. The kids run around and eat all the candy they can. It’s kind of chaotic, but it’s a good time.”
— Lee Brice‘s fiancée Sarah is crazy for Halloween, so their house is fully decked-out with carved pumpkins and cobwebs. Their son Takoda is going as Spider-Man this year, and Lee is making a point to be there to take him trick or treating even though he has a show late Wednesday night. “That’s really, really important, ’cause those are the times, you know, that I remember [as a kid] that were really special,” Lee says. “I have to miss a lot of times. I don’t want to miss those especially.”
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