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The Best Thing in Texas: An Austin Couple Transform Their House Into a Whataburger for Halloween

Cheri Horner and Nicole Jensen turned their home into a Whataburger restaurant for their Halloween party.
Cheri Horner and Nicole Jensen turned their home into a Whataburger restaurant for their Halloween party.

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WHAT: The most delicious Halloween party of all time.

WHO: Austin couple Nicole Jensen and Cheri Horner

WHY IT’S SO GREAT: It’s no secret that Whataburger means a great deal to Texans. And Austin couple Nicole Jensen and Cheri Horner took that devotion to the max this Halloween season. They didn’t just wear their pride, they dressed their house to match. 

The pair adorned their home with a custom-painted winged Whataburger “W” and rolled out the orange carpet for the guests at Whataween, their, well, Whataburger-themed Halloween party held this weekend.  They made their own vintage-looking uniforms, complete with matching Whataburger socks and hats. And most impressively, they managed to employ the help of a local franchise for genuine menus, trays, Spicy Ketchup, and other Whaccoutrements, including a massive banner advertising the inarguably delicious Monterey Melt, which they hung on their porch. And you won’t believe what they served! Party goers enjoyed around $500 worth of genuine Whataburger fare.

“Cheri and I love dressing up and planning themed events so naturally Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. We always try to think of ways to outdo ourselves each year and decided this year we would need to turn the entire house into our costume to really get the impact we wanted,” Jensen told Fox News.

Jensen and Horner made their own matching, vintage-inspired Whataburger uniforms.

Jensen and Horner made their own matching, vintage-inspired uniforms.

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The couple got the help of a local franchise to get authentic Whataburger items like trays and menus for the party.

The couple got the help of a local franchise to get authentic items like trays and menus for the party.

Courtesy of Austin Tour Company

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Jensen and Horner made their own matching, vintage-inspired uniforms.

Courtesy of Austin Tour Company

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The couple got the help of a local franchise to get authentic items like trays and menus for the party.

Courtesy of Austin Tour Company

Last year, another Austin resident, Ron Garcia, decorated his Christmas tree with Whataburger memorabilia (table tents, ranch dressing, Fancy Ketchup, a fanny pack) he’d collected for over three to four weeks, and the result was magnificent. He even left Santa a full meal in lieu of milk and cookies. Garcia said he wanted to “give back to Whataburger for a change” after all the fast food joint had given to him and his family. There’s not doubt that the creators of “Whataween” had a similar sentiment.

Although Whataburger has recently been used as a political pawn by both Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke—see O’Rourke’s familiar-looking logo and Cruz’s cryptic comment about his opponent being a triple-meat Whataburger liberal—this party serves as a nice reminder of the truly nonpartisan nature of the restaurant. Only one question remains: why weren’t we invited?

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