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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

From Cartoons to Vegetables

Some folks don’t take Halloween quite as seriously as T-Rock. I’ve survived just as many last days of October as my blogmate, but I cannot go into quite as much detail as she. With that, I leave you w/ my top five Halloween costumes (in descending order).

5) Go-Bot, 1985 – Don’t get me wrong, this costume was awful. I think of that year every time I listen to the Seinfeld bit on Halloween, when he mentions the plastic mask w/ the cheap rubber band holding it on, and it keeps breaking and the mask keeps getting tighter until you can’t breathe. I just remember panicking that night as trick-or-treating hours loomed (in New York City, you do not exceed the set hours for fear of gunshot wounds). My mom and I were desperately trying to make a robot costume out of a cardboard box. The box was too wide, however, and resulted in me walking around the room w/ my arms out like a muscle-bound frat guy looking for freshman girls. Then my dad came home w/ a yellow Go-Bot costume he bought on his way home from work. And that, my friends, is how my dad saved Halloween.

4) Roger Rabbit, 1989 – My mom made the entire costume from scratch, and it was awesome. If I still had the rabbit ears, and a girlfriend, I’d give them to her for a Playboy bunny costume. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about either.

3) Kobe Bryant, 2003 – Just before the NBA season tipped off, I decided to finally take the easy way out and dress as a pro athlete. After his tumultuous summer, Kobe was an easy target. I constructed my own Lakers jersey and wore it w/ matching shorts. I then found some leaves and women’s clothes and made a scarecrow, its head a balloon w/ an “expressive” face. I sewed the back of the dummy’s waist to the front of mine and met my fellow party-goers, being sure to keep one hand around the dummy’s neck. Much like my personality, everyone either hated it or loved it as I received high-fives and disgusted looks throughout the night.

2b) Superman, 1999 – Less than two months into my Elon career, some friends were headed to Chapel Hill for the famous Franklin Street Halloween festivities. Needless to say, I needed an affordable, creative costume. I ended up wearing a girl’s Superman t-shirt (waaaaay too tight on me), blue windpants, long red socks, red Filas, red boxer briefs (over the windpants), and a shiny nylon cape w/ a beautiful “S” on the back. Looking back on it, the costume wasn’t that great. Then again, neither were those friends.

2a) Superman, 1983 – Again my mom made the entire costume by hand, and it was dead-on. I have a picture of myself that night, for some reason, and the resemblance is uncanny. If Superman had white-blond hair and an ‘80s haircut, Lois Lane wouldn’t be able to tell us apart.

1) Eggplant Man, 2001-2002 – Easily my most famous creation, Eggplant Man was born at summer camp 2001. During a counselor skit, I fished out a full-body purple spandex suit from the drama closet and immediately became Britney Spears (check out her Oops, I Did It Again video, over and over and over…). So two months later, when my friends and I decided to hit up Franklin St. our senior year, I racked my brain for a costume that involves purple spandex. I luckily found a green beehive wig at Walmart, and instantly became Eggplant Man. The logo on my chest said it all, and may very well be the only eggplant I ever draw. I wore it again the next year during the AmeriCorps Halloween bowling party. Days later I nabbed the best g/f ever. Coincidence, or power of the giant vegetable? We may never know.


At 9:53 PM, Blogger Gregg M. Schmidt said...

I've heard about Eggplant Man...I'd like to see some pictures. The purple spandex must've been GREAT.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Balto17 said...

Much love and many thanks go out to the Mazz for lending me the green beehive wig for a French presentation shortly after Halloween. I still remember acquiring some Mazz mystique when I wore it. Of course, I did feel like a damned fool. But maybe that's part of the mystique.

Also, it didn't fit on my head, which made for even higher comedy.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger T-Rock said...

If you think I take Halloween seriously, you should see me on Martin Luther King Day!!!

At 3:56 PM, Anonymous JB said...

What about the California Raisin?

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Jen Guarino said...

I was there and I have photos of the infamous Eggplant Man... but I can't figure out how to post them. Justin, I'm e-mailing them to you.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Balto17 said...

Seeing all those pictures made me well up with tears until I started balling like a little school girl. I'm so full of love.


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