These Parents Became Our Halloween Heroes With Their Dirty Couple's Costume

Halloween is the holiday when couples can shine — they get to rub everyone else’s singledom in their faces and flex those creativity muscles with cute and punny couple costumes! And, let’s be honest, the best couple costumes tend to be sexually suggestive in some way. 

…But usually, X-rated couple costumes are relegated to college parties and bars. That’s why everyone is loving 22-year-old Brooke Bogin’s parents’ Halloween costume. 

The 22-year-old senior at James Madison University tweeted the following photo of her parents, complete with an explanation for their costume:

That’s right, her middle-aged parents were a “dill-doe.”

“This is one of the first years they are ’empty nesters’ so they have a lot more time to devote to fun things like this party they went to,” Bogin told BuzzFeed. “I always joke that they have more of a social life than I do!”

Obviously, she had to reward her parents’ creativity with a Twitter shoutout. 

“I thought the idea was hilarious and I was really proud that they are my parents and doing something so witty, so I just wanted to share it with my friends,” she said. “I’ve always tweeted funny things that happen with my family and my parents always joke, ‘You’ve got to tweet that’ when something funny happens.”

As it turns out, the rest of Twitter was also pretty proud of her parents — the photo was retweeted over 20,000 times. 

We are wondering how that conversation went.

 Honey, what sexually suggestive couples costume should we go with this year? Personally, I’d prefer something including a sex toy pun, but I’m open to suggestions. 

Clearly, the Bogins win parents of the year. 

TBH, this kind of couple costume was giving us major #RelationshipGoals.

We should all aspire to a love like this…. A love that allows us to dress up in wildly inappropriate and punny Halloween costumes when we get wild after our children leave the nest. 

And people even had some ideas for Brooke’s costume, as she is the product of her parents….

What a perfect holiday card photo that would be! (h/t buzzfeed)

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Toni Lynn Chinoy has written multiple texts on leadership, bullies, power games and more. She is the founder of Harlan-Evans, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in effective organizational change and coaches senior leaders on how to respond to crisis. Her book, Handling Critical Moments with Grace which takes the reader through many examples of how to handle critical, life defining moments with GRACE, can be found, along with her other books on the Harlan-Evans, Inc. web site leadership books.

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