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|Written by Culture Staff|
|Monday, 31 October 2011 16:31|
What is the best Halloween Costume you have ever seen?
Costumes eh? Well, I've marvelled at the unique and creative designs some of our fellow halloweeners have come up with, but there was one year where unique meant a whole other thing. Now, I don't know if this constitutes as questionable parenting, but the funniest costume I have ever seen was a guy dressed up as a whiskey bottle, and his son as a pack of cigarettes. The costumes were either purchased or rented from a costume shop, but it makes me wonder who in today's society would make a kid-sized cigarette costume. Regardless, they scored high points for laugh-out-loud shock value, and get an extra shake of the head for shamelessly bashing wholesome family values.
The most memorable costume I have seen in recent memory was a group costume (well done group costumes are really the best, aren't they?) of Mario Kart. There were probably 5 or 6 people in the group, all different Mario Kart character costumes, Mario, Luigi, Princess, Yoshi, Wario etc. and each person had a cardboard kart held up by suspenders. It was adorable. All night I would see these people navigating their way through the crowded bar in a line, which really looked like they were racing and jockeying for position. I was also just impressed that they all were able to keep those karts on all night.
So true, Taryn! I feel like the more complicated costumes fall by the wayside as the night wears on, so I'm going to give it up to simplicity: a dude with no shirt on. And no, this was years before "The Situation" was something to be understood as another human being. Nope, a guy who came in his pants. Get it? (He's a premature ejaculator). But since I am unlikely to find an image of that guy, here's one of a hot dude with no shirt on. You're welcome!
I'm drawing a blank on amazing costumes I've witnessed, so let me tell you about the best costume I ever went as myself: a bag of jelly beans. I was around 10 and my mom helped me cut arm and leg holes in a giant clear garbage bag, put it on, fill it up with multi-coloured balloons and write "Jelly Beans" on the front. Cute, right? I thought so. So much in fact that I was excited to wear it to my tap-dance class where all the other (smarter) girls were dressed as cats or pumpkins, or something they could move in, rather than a giant bag of balloons with limbs splayed awkwardly in all directions. After a bit of dancing around the balloons started to escape the leg holes and travel around the floor, tripping other children, and it was somewhat of a disaster. This goes down in family lore as maybe the most obviously terrible idea that no one caught until it was too late.
If only I had my camera with me on Saturday night! I saw a woman who dressed up as Psylocke from the X-Men, and the costume was absolutely perfect right down to her replica katanna blades. Now, the costume does not leave much for the imagination, but I was truly in a state of Marvel (get it? X-Men, published by Marvel) at how the party goer managed to make a costume on the page literally come alive (and defy the laws of gravity... and perhaps decency).
Halloween costumes on adults seem to fall into three categories: awesome and inspired, blah and possibly ill-conceived, or disappointingly awful (a hat and jeans does not a cowboy make). Last year, I attended a party with someone in a costume that definitely fit into the first category. This guy came dressed as a sock monkey. Now it could have gone ten shades of wrong, but he had clearly spent many labour-of-love hours on a sewing machine (or his mom had) stitching together a plethora of brown, white and red sweaters. The real selling feature was the giant, removable head made out of papier-mâché and covered in material, which moved the costume from cool territory to all-out awesome, since many who try this costume come off as mummies with skin tight sweater apparel (thereby looking creepy and not cuddly...see pic). In the end, it was clear that this guy went all in and walked away with the best costume of the night.
One of my favourite commercials of all time is the MasterCard series of, "There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard." (YouTube is giving me 40 spoof options and no original commercial, but I bet you know what I'm talking about. Anyway, one year my friend put on a bunch of clothes and stuck tags with prices on each item. Then, she had a sign that said, "Skirt: $40. Shoes: $100 [etc.] There are some things that money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard." And I just thought, gosh, how creative. She is going... as an ADVERTISEMENT. That's pretty hard to pull off!
The best Halloween costume I have ever seen was a guy who dressed up like Mike from Monsters, Inc.. If you are unfamiliar with the character, he is a cyclopoid green monster (of course) with spindly limbs and a knack for stand-up comedy. The person had crafted a kind of green circle of fabric that encompassed their whole head and torso, with a hole cut out with sheer fabric over it, so that they could see. What made this costume just over-the-top awesome was that this dude played an entire, full-field game of soccer wearing it. It was insane! Best. Costume (and commitment to). Ever.
Tags: advertising, ask the writers, candy beans, costumes, halloween, inappropriate, jack and smoke, jelly beans, luck, mario kart, monsters inc, mrs. eric northman, not richard, psylocke, scaaaaaaarry, sock monkeys