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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Hallowe'en Countdown

Complete randomness, or clever costume?

Corpses, blood, severed heads, death, the stench of rotting flesh, and something creeping around in the dark. Yes, October 1st is here and the Halloween countdown has begun. If you're like me I know you're thinking, "I won't be able to sleep" and it has nothing to do with those eyes staring at you from outside your bedroom window.

But for me Halloween started a long time ago. It started in April, when I ordered goodies for half price. And then it continued into August and September when I began working on my costume for 2008.

This year I'm tackling the biggest, most ambitious costume project I've ever attempted. And if things continue the way they're going, it's also going to be the most expensive costume I've ever made.

Supplies have been rather difficult to come by, but I'm doing my best to find cheap items that will work.

A trip to Michaels Arts & Crafts store ran me a total of $13 for magnets, glue, wooden popsicle sticks, and a wooden doll head. Zellers did me proud by offering an $8-dollar garbage can. A $10.50-trip to Home depot netted me some Polyfilla, a roll of duct tape, and some incidentals.

Things were getting expensive so to remedy the problem the Dollar store saw some costume action. There I purchased two micro remote controlled race cars that say absurdly logical things like "Power", "Speed" and "Momentum". I also bought two salad bowls and some snacks.

Finally, I snagged a courduroy deal at Fabricland, taking home the last 2 metres of material for only $7. For secret's sake, I've left out 4 items which total $24.

My running total is up to about $66.50 with work done on my costume clocked in at about 8 hours. And there is still not one single part of it that is wearable. That's not bragging - this thing looks worse than Roseanne Barr sounds.

When the results are fantastic, putting this much effort into a costume makes me proud. But if this turns out as crappy as I think it might, it makes me think I should cut my losses, hop in my Time Machine, go back and start over with something a lot more simple. Like hiding under the bed all night and pretending I went as the Invisible Man.

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Blogger SJ said...

Can't you just go as yourself? Just kidding!

2:03:00 AM

Blogger Monogram Queen said...

You know I lurves me some Hallowe'en! I just wish we had a decent party to attend :(
Can't WAIT to see your costume!!! I'm intrigued.....

8:44:00 AM

Blogger mmat said...

i kind of wanted to do a trailer park boys halloween theme this year, but now that i'm working in the most boring place on earth it's not likely that anyone else will have any halloween enthusiasm around here. and although i'd think it was funny walking around the office all day with a rum & coke, my boss may not approve.

and i'm totally looking forward to whatever your costume may be. sounds awesome so far.

11:19:00 AM

Blogger Akhor said...

Sounds like your costume will be quite unique. I hope it turns out for you.

I once spent 6 hours making a Knight costume out of tin foil and cardboard. In the end it was almost too embarrassing to wear.

Nothing booze would not cure though!

11:43:00 AM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

have you ever considered attending over-halloweeners anonymous meetings? :o)

10:42:00 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I just got done decorating the front yard for Halloween. It's sadly done, but I put an effort forth! We're looking for a nice haunted house to go to for halloween.

10:48:00 AM

Blogger Velvet Ginger said...

So what are you going to be??? When I saw the garbage can I thought of R2D2! lol
I am hanging Halloween decorations outside tomorrow.

9:15:00 PM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

So far I have most of the ingredients for my bad-ass costume and it has cost me $0! Good thing I work for a makeup company.

4:40:00 PM


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