Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sometimes, Hello is Unnecessary

This past weekend, Denise and I attended our friend's Halloween/housewarming party in his new 4,000 sq ft home. For those who aren't good with numbers, I'll make it easy for you: into his house I could fit two of my house, one large RV, three backhoes, and an industrial strength gazebo. Plus, an inflatable bounce-house in the basement.

Oh yeah, and they had an inflatable bounce-house in the basement.

This is the same friend who hosted the comic & cartoon-themed party last Halloween, where I lost the award for most obscure costume to a member of the Justice League. This time, however, there was no theme.

With no theme to inspire me, doubt about how weighted the party was toward housewarming, and not wanting to repeat my failure from Halloween night, I decided to go simpler. As in: one accessory.

I entered wearing this:
This led to a fine array of Princess Bride quotes, and culminated in the following exchange with a fairy nymph:
Nymph: You can't be Inigo Montoya without a rapier.
Inigo: A what?
Nymph: A rapier.
Inigo: You keep using that whord. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Half an hour later, I stepped away and changed into this getup:

People barely recognized me. I then proceeded to switch guises about every twenty minutes.

(2007 movie)


(Not what you're thinking; 2010 movie)


(Percy Bysshe Shelly sonnet)


(1st song on Weezer's 1st album)

(Saturday Night Live skit)

(Personalized birthday song in the '70s)

Okay, I'll admit I didn't stick with only one accessory the entire night.
At one point, I used three:

There you have it. In one night, I portrayed Mandy Patinkin, Jason Lee, Rivers Cuomo, Mike Myers, and Eminem.

But no, I never did use the bounce-house. Even Bruce Campbell has his pride.

So, tell me Dear Readers, what's the simplest costume you ever tried to pull off?
Did it work?

And just so Maureen doesn't complain...1

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  1. My costume is the same I use every year these days. That of a slacker.

  2. I've ripped off Wednesday's costume from the Addams Family movie at least once: "I'm a homicidal maniac. They look just like everyone else." Of course, nobody would know you were even in costume without an explanation, so I don't know if it counts.

  3. I went as a human pack-mule/jaded computer tech.

  4. i once made an awesome faun costume. It was only obscure because i ended up not actually going to the party

  5. Thanks for all the great costume ideas! I admit I had an ulterior motive for asking the question; I know at some future Halloween I'll be too lazy to come up with my own costume.

    Of course, I won't copy your ideas exactly, since I like to pretend I'm original. But next year, I may just dress up as a slacker/homicidal maniac/human pack-mule/ a sombrero!