November 1, 2004

I’ve coughed up scarier stuff than that

Filed under: Halowe[']en — tomemos @ 3:45 pm

Gentlemen, behold: My 2004 Halloween costume! Duffman! OH YEAH!

By my reckoning, my top 10 Halloween costumes:

1: 2002. Aquaman. Bleached hair, dishwashing gloves, tights, green underwear, orange shirt with drawn-on scales.

2: 2004. Duffman. Trucker hat, sunglasses, cape, muscle shirt, runner’s belt with Budweiser.

3: Circa 1989. Shark. Full-body cloth shark costume.

4: Circa 1987. Trapjaw (villain from Masters of the Universe). Papier-mache Trapjaw helmet.

5: 1998. Georgie (droog from A Clockwork Orange). Top hat, white shirt, white jeans, jock strap and cup (as a codpiece), steel-toed boots, cane. Accompanied by Alex, Pete, and Dim.

6: Circa 1992. Serial killer. Plastic knife, fake blood, Albert Einstein mask with balloon inside (held as a severed head).

7: 1999. The Dread Pirate Roberts. Black head scarf, black eyemask, black gloves, black shirt, black pants, boots, sword.

8: 2003. Waldo. Round glasses, red-and-white striped shirt, jeans. No hat.

9: Circa 1991. Death. Red plastic skull mask with cowl and hologram eyes, robe, scythe.

10: Circa 1990. Pirate.

Man, what a great holiday. A number of my friends have already outgrown it, which strikes me as such a shame. Admittedly my maturity level might be a little low on this score–for instance, Halloween is the only time I enjoy clothes shopping–but a really well-chosen and well-executed Halloween costume is a chance to show off your craftiness (D+) and nerdiness (A+) all in one. Some people customize their computers, I dress up like superheroes.



  1. Do you realize how much I’d pay to see you in a full-body shark costume?

    Comment by Julie — November 2, 2004 @ 3:18 am

  2. Sweet!

    I was a dark jester. Go Hallowe’en!


    Comment by Brian — November 2, 2004 @ 8:20 am

  3. Julie: Hey, there are pictures somewhere. I’ll try to dig them up the next time we’re both in Berkeley. Cash up front, please.

    Brian: I’ve always wondered, what does the apostrophe in “Halowe’en” stand for? “Halloweven?”

    Comment by Tom — November 2, 2004 @ 9:28 am

  4. I’m sorry, Tom, but Trapjaw just rocks the house. That is so awesome.

    Comment by Pat K. — November 2, 2004 @ 10:48 am

  5. Very nice. I forget, what was 2003?

    Comment by kindle — November 2, 2004 @ 7:50 pm

  6. Pretty much. It’s short for “All Hallow’s Eve”, basically Saint’s Day Eve, like Christmas Eve. So yeah. Hallow Evenin’. If i write hallow a few more times, it will lose what little meaning it has. Hallow. Hallow. Hallowed sacred meaning.


    Comment by Brian — November 2, 2004 @ 10:11 pm

  7. Karen, 2003 was Waldo (#8), but you didn’t get to see it since I was down in Irvine and you were way up there. Incidentally, I currently have a painting of your Halloween costume from that year up on my wall.

    Comment by Tom — November 3, 2004 @ 1:13 am

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