I love planning out and creating Halloween costumes, but it has been years and years since I had the opportunity to really get into it again. Last year, I spent a couple weeks engineering a Corona costume and then everything ended up being cancelled so I didn’t really get a chance to wear it anywhere. So this year I’ll make a few accessory tweaks and grace the office Halloween party as Ms(ars). Coronavirus II (aka Rona)
Really depends if I want to be scary or not. It takes a really good costume not to scare the children, or I just go as I wake up in the morning and watch the little ones run in terror! (sometimes the parents run faster)
I’m in a trick-or-treating inaccessible area so… But when kids have been here I have taken them and find the Halloween dance oddly fun. them and doing the whole “no its ok” “say trick or treat” “did you say thank you?” “Can you go back and say thank you? They were too scary? ok”
The houses that really put it on or dress up are definitely the most interesting. So hats off to your effort
I want to make a clown suit and do a makeup job with the wig and all and then finish it off with a mouthful of blood stained teeth and my whole lower face and front soaked in blood. Nobody will ever come down my street again.
Hmm…now I’m wondering if I should carry a leg from a lifelike baby doll around. Too much?
@macromeh… 1st place was a cool costume that incorporated the childs wheelchair that wore it… it was a box painted like sky and clouds and had a stuffed superman costume on top but the childs head was supermans head… admittedly it was cool and deserved 1st place
I haven’t dressed up in years, I miss it. It was so much fun. I love putting on wigs, costumes and makeup. My dad always was really big into Halloween and got dressed up every year for work, he had some awesome costumes.
I’ve slowly changed my costume over the years, but I’ve dressed up as a reaper forever. The hardest part was making the wings actually move. I originally had a pair of static wings. I made my scythe on Halloween day one year. I made the robe and the cowl. I repainted the mask. It used to be blue. I made the horns.
@Kyeh so that’s actually at my friend’s house. I’m on a dead end street so I don’t get trick or treaters.
I’m scary to all ages. Teenagers get super cocky and that’s usually the ones I scared the most. I love scaring adults though. I’m silent while in costume. Some people don’t realize I’m a person. They would pass me to go up the driveway to my friend to get candy. I would very carefully walk up behind them and just stand there. When they turned around… Man, I got so many people that way.
I’d scare people that wouldn’t get out of the car by just creeping up against their windows.
The wings though… That probably gets the most. They are cable driven. I made a hinge essentially and there’s loops that I wear in my hands. People don’t usually notice them. I’ll stand and have a stare down with people and when I’ve had enough, all I’ll do is take a step forward while simultaneously pushing my scythe forward which flips my wings open as fast as I can move. When all of a sudden a 12+ wingspan appears, they usually dip. I’ve had people run down the street from me. I get a sadistic giggle every time.
@RiotDemon It’s just such a shame that your street doesn’t have a ton of kids come down. In the center of a residential area you’d have a string of cars and families streaming by (and go through a zillion dollars in candy) and probably be on the news for your decorations and spookiness.
@Kyeh we haven’t filmed anything the last few years. Normally my friend’s wife would come out and record but she hasn’t been hanging around as much. Even the year she caught it, she only recorded for maybe 20/30 minutes and it was just blind luck that person came by then.
For me, it depends on whether I can get into the mood to do the costume at all, a factor which has been largely absent in recent years. In the past, I’ve done some relatively complex stuff, but my enthusiasm kind of walked off the end of the pier when I had to work on the relevant weekends several years in a row, and then spent two consecutive years being the primary caregiver to someone who was slowing losing the battle with cancer. 2019 was a recovery year, mostly spent not really recovering, and 2020 was, well, 2020. I’m not even sure I know what a party looks like at this point, I have zero ideas for how to get festive, and I’m working that weekend again. So it looks like I’m skipping it once more.
I know grief is a long journey where the periods of intense grief eventually get further and further apart and last a shorter and shorter period of time although the intensity, when you get hit with it, can be nearly as intense. I think it took me 6 mo to even laugh after my brother was murdered by his wife (at the time we thought it was suicide) when I was in my 20’s. It was around 2 years before I even remotely felt “normal” and didn’t think about him every single day. When dad died, even though we knew it was coming over a 4 month period, and did a lot of grieving in advance, it was the same thing. I don’t think there is any way around that. As I am sure you already know you just have to keep walking, putting one foot in front of the other, even though you don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t think there are any short cuts. I wish you strength.