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Every year I go as "adult who would rather put his time and money into drinking".


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:26 AM
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1: At the Halloween seder, swift's kids ask "Why is this night the same as every other night?"


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:28 AM
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If it ain't broke...


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:35 AM
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I'ma be rule #63 Klarion the Warlock Girl. my hair is doing this exact derpy thing on its own. I will be unable to convince our cat to be Teekl, because cats don't give a fuck. I can't remember if I'm on a lot of sewing duty for other people or not; I better check.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:43 AM
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Huge cotton batting turban, with embedded photos of famous naked celebrities, maybe Morris or Flipper for a family setting.

No time investment, not fragile.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:51 AM
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Previously:
Angry birds (I'll sell you our set of homemade costumes)
Muppets (including my serious effort at Beaker)
Harry Potter
The above are all available for viewing elsewhere.

My plan for this year is to do a deck of cards- print out the patterns on a number of sheets of paper, mosaic together on cardboard front and back and wear like a sandwich sign. If I'm ambitious I'll make it a card trick, have small pieces of velcro that hold up a different card and when you turn around you can release the velcro and change which card you are.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:54 AM
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That is one of my favorite Klarions, along with when he was in Peter David Young Justice as Klarion (BUM BUM BUM) The Witch Boy, which is always how I think of him even when he's being a gothy Puritan. I don't think I ever did finish reading Seven Soldiers or maybe his story just didn't make sense and that's why I don't remember.

I'm not planning on a Halloween costume, though I should probably have something at the back of my mind in case the girls insist. I won't make it to the neighborhood party, so none of that.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:56 AM
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Selah is being Batman, Nia swears she's sure this time that she wants to be a vampire (I'm thinking I can find a red prom-type dress she'll like at some thrift store), and Mara changes on a daily basis but at least no longer wants to be the Katy Perry Firework avatar from Just Dance.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:58 AM
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We had big plans for Zardoz's costume, but for the second year in a row a reasonably awesome costume just fell in our lap as a hand-me-down, so we're doing that.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:03 AM
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They had the best costumes possible last year, so I think I get to coast forever now.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:09 AM
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Are we supposed to come up with matched costumes for Kraab and Motch?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:18 AM
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Level 4 biosafety suits might be a fun, easy idea in Texas this year.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:21 AM
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11: Probably. Have at it!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:54 AM
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This is the fourth Halloween since I started at my current workplace, and this year they've got the bright idea for a costume contest. I'm wavering between ignoring it altogether or going the Oz route.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:59 AM
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We don't have a costume contest, thank god, but we do have a pumpkin carving contest. That generally gets pretty fun, because people get crazy elaborate.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:04 AM
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11: Actually, I guess the obvious answer is a Basic Bitch and a Douchebag.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:06 AM
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yeah, his arc in 7 soldiers started out AWESOME but then the whole thing went off the rails completely which is why you don't remember what happened. but he looked great! and had something humorous to say to his mother when he was tied, upside-down, about to be burned at the stake...'you're being unreasonable'? understated, at any rate (and the chapter opens at that panel, without preface.)


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:28 AM
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12: And you can probably get used ones cheap in Dallas!


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:28 AM
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Sir Kraab could be a BI SKARAB!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:59 AM
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18 => 16


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:27 AM
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my serious effort at Beaker

I commend you.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:19 PM
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Are we supposed to come up with matched costumes for Kraab and Motch?

Bonus points, but not necessary.

Past costumes have included:

- GOP rat (me) & sinking ship (him)
- For a space-themed costume party, Red Giant & My Space
- The Bureaucrat Who Stands Between You and Your Doctor & Ennwii
- Sexy canvasser
- National Park closed due to the sequester


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:28 PM
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Level 4 biosafety suits might be a fun, easy idea in Texas this year.

Ugh. We're going to 3 parties this year. I'm pretty confident there'll be a hazmat suit at one of them and think we're relatively safe at the others, but I'm not sure. Mockery of scaremongering by cable news is one thing, but I dread the possibilities of anything else Ebola-related.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:38 PM
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Sexy GOP Rat and Sexy Sinking Ship?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:38 PM
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Mostly Other People Do the Killing's Blue and Miles Davis's Kind of Blue.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:41 PM
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24: The latter was easy enough with some strategically placed flotsam. The former required the full monty.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:43 PM
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The Lincoln zoo has a maze of clear plastic tubes full of those things. It's creepy. Like looking in a serial killer's freezer, except pulsating.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:47 PM
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An idea that compensates for its lack of topicality and creativeness by its stupidity:
Arya and The Hound, or alternatively Brienne of Tarth and The Hound.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:50 PM
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Bread and Circuses.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:53 PM
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19: As in a bisexual Czech scarab? Or did you have something else in mind?


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:57 PM
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Don't back out now, Sir Kraab! It's the only way to fulfill his extremely specific Perdido Street Station cosplay fantasies!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 12:59 PM
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Sam Wang and Nate Silver.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:01 PM
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31: As usual, I don't know the reference, but googling turns up this rather delightful costume possibility.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:09 PM
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32: Heh. We can stage fist fights!


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:10 PM
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Yeah, I don't think the logistics of being a human with a beetle for a head were explained well, but 33 looks about right to me.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:10 PM
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34: r and g


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:12 PM
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35: This woman seems more than happy to pick up the slack:

The Khepri are a female dominated race with human bodies and scarab beetles for heads. Fantasy creatures are rarely portrayed as complex characters in film and television so I explored how to make her relatable to the audience despite not having human facial features. I designed and made a static prototype of an animatronic scarab head that would be worn by an actress playing Lin in the television series.

Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:17 PM
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And I saw a pertinent sewing tutorial yesterday! (She also sews jeans from selvage denim, but she's married, so Flippanter shouldn't get any ideas.)


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:19 PM
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Nice!


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:34 PM
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So I was all set to be Zombie Statue of Liberty this year, but had to call it off for fear of getting Ebola-quarantined, and now I don't know what to do. I don't want to be Death and Taxes again.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:46 PM
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Rum, Sodomy and the Lash


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:01 PM
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I'll have to wear this costume around people who know my real name, btw.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:14 PM
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I have wanted to figure out a D'eath and Taxis set. Aristocrat costumes basically. But how to do the puns?


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:15 PM
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Six Lies and Videotape


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:23 PM
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The Taxis part seems easy, but the rest is tougher, md 20/400.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:25 PM
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Rum, Sodomy, and the Latte


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:39 PM
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I was about to say that 46 was horrifying but basically awesome, but now I'm afraid I can't say "basically" non-pejoratively.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:43 PM
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I'll have to wear this costume around people who know my real name, btw.

Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:52 PM
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It is true. I lack commitment. Or something.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:26 PM
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The day after, ask everyone for a dollar and when they ask why say that your costume is "A day late and a dollar short".


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:33 PM
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47: Reclaim that shit, yo.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:36 PM
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My daughter thinks I should dress up as Elsa from Frozen, and it's possible that my wife is going to enforce this.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:38 PM
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Wear basic britches and tell people you're doing it out of ass anxiety.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:39 PM
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Run around the office smashing pumpkins.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:40 PM
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Something something bag something douche.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:41 PM
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Skip work and say you dressed as a furlough day.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:45 PM
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Pumpkin Fest Rioter would actually be a pretty good (and topical!) costume. Perhaps even better: Pumpkin Spice Rioter.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:46 PM
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Carry your belongings on a small sack tied to a stick and hand people business cards whittled in wood that identify you as a hobo consultant.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:46 PM
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57: "You just got pumpk'd, bro!"


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:47 PM
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"WHERE IS THAT KID WITH MY LATTE?!"


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:48 PM
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Work has a big emphasis on safety, so I was thinking of being the "near miss," but I couldn't translate that into an actual costume.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:50 PM
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Dress like a Swiss maid and stand really close to people.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:53 PM
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Just wear safety goggles all day.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:53 PM
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I CAN HAZ MAT?


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:53 PM
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56: Or wear boots trimmed in rabbit.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:55 PM
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51 to 65.


Posted by: Evgplant | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:57 PM
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Dress up like a fire extinguisher and spray people with foam if you think they're hot.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:00 PM
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I sort of envy people whose jobs have actual safety hazards. The most dangerous thing we possess is an automatic stapler.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:12 PM
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Wear a shirt with a picture of a breaded veal cutlet inside a circle with a slash through it.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:18 PM
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I had good pun-based costumes the last two years in a row, and I was worried I couldn't top last year's. But then I realized I have to take a test on the morning of 11/1, so no Halloween parties for me. Problem solved.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:26 PM
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Dress as Mark Zuckerberg and tell anyone not dressed like they normally dress that they lack integrity.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:29 PM
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Go as a basic douchebag. (Clothing brand selections left as an exercise for the judgmental knowledgable.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:34 PM
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You have to wear a suit if you sit for the Virginia bar, but that's not the test I'm taking.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:36 PM
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72 to 73.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:37 PM
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You can be pretty hung over and pass that test, if it's the one I think it is.


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:52 PM
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And if you're going to be a lawyer you're going to have to get used to doing important things while hung over or drunk.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:56 PM
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I'm going in drag (first time ever), and Smearcase advises me that I should tell people I'm going as a stewardess because just plain drag (man dressing as woman) might suggest that gender is a costume, or that being a woman is a joke, or something like that and people would be offended or something. (Those are not Smearcase's opinions, he's just pointing out that it is possible among the youngs around here.) Anyway, I found a great dress that I may or may not still fit into, and a pillbox hat and other accessories. Need to figure out makeup that is compatible with keeping my beard.


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:58 PM
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I guess maybe I should carry a pumpkin spice latte around to complete the costume.


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:01 PM
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Don't forget the Uggs.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:04 PM
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Assuming you're going for "basic bitch" rather than "stewardess," although I suppose there's probably a fair degree of overlap.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:12 PM
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My stereotype of stewardesses is that they're more worldly than basic bitches and can usually do without the pumpkin spice latte or whatever.

Really, though, the dress is not exactly a stewardess dress, just kind of mod and tight. It has a wacky collar (I don't have the vocabulary, but I'm sure there's some term for it) that a stewardess uniform would never have.


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:20 PM
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Smearcase advises me that I should tell people I'm going as a stewardess

Well more specifically "Che Guevara as a stewardess" because I think that's more or less what you're going to look like.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:27 PM
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81: That's not exactly my stereotype of stewardesses, but I fly mostly short-haul flights to very unworldly (maybe otherworldly) destinations. Alaska Airlines does Proudly Serve Starbucks Coffee, I presume because Seattle, but not so much with the pumpkin spice lattes, I presume because espresso machines are heavy.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:29 PM
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espresso machines are heavy.

So are fucking airplanes gaaaaah.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:32 PM
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But they're slightly lighter if they aren't carrying espresso machines!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:32 PM
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37 really brings home to you how unintentionally hilarious China Mieville's books are.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 1:43 AM
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We had big plans for Zardoz's costume,

A baby dressed as Sean Connery's character out of Zardoz would be terrific.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 1:45 AM
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I hadn't been planning on a costume, but since I've been awake since 4, I've realized I could probably go out to the neighborhood party where costumes are supposed to be song-related after we get back from our date, although that may be a bit unsporting unless Lee is tired. But either way, being (Sexy?) Octopus's Garden should be easy from things I already have and would make Selah happy and have me covered in case the kids think I should dress up.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 2:33 AM
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A baby dressed as Sean Connery's character out of Zardoz would be terrific.

Not least because Sean Connery's character is pretty much dressed like a baby. Which may have been the joke in the first place.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 4:03 AM
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Any baby without bandoliers is a baby that's not properly dressed.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 5:30 AM
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Bave, post a picture of the dress!


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 7:20 AM
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One of my friends has been working for months on his Groot costume (and his year-old-ish son's Rocket costume). His excitement about this is nearly as adorable as what I've seen of the result so far.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 10:07 AM
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92: This one sets a pretty high standard.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 10:35 AM
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Groot!


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 5:49 PM
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93: I don't know. It's a good Groot costume but without a just-becoming-a-toddler dressed as Rocket it's not the same.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 6:56 PM
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77: Take your beard + makeup inspiration from Conchita Wurst?


Posted by: Antipodestrian | Link to this comment | 10-24-14 1:38 AM
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I'm probably going to go as Tony Stark: tuxedo, grow a goatee, martini glass, light on my chest. I got a costume tuxedo meant for a spy costume. I'm not sure whether to buy a shirt made for the costume (especially since that particular one is out of stock) or just a and pin it to my shirt somehow.

At a costume store looking for that stuff or ideas in general I made an impulse buy of gouged-out eyes. Something like this, but with thin black cloth in it so that you can see out of it. I might do something with it, but when I got it home I found it was a real pain to wear under my glasses.

My wife is going in a steampunk outfit. She bought it, but you could probably improvise something like it if you own or can find Victorian-style stuff and don't mind taking apart a pocket watch for gears.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10-24-14 7:56 AM
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I know you've all been waiting with bated breath, so here's what we settled on: Sir Kraab is dressed all 60s mod, and I'm going as a Bro Scout. Pictures to follow.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 10-25-14 2:22 PM
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I know you've all been waiting with bated breath, so here's what we settled on: Sir Kraab is dressed all 60s mod, and I'm going as a Bro Scout. Pictures to follow.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 10-25-14 2:22 PM
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Can't wait to see your merit badges, Mutch.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-25-14 2:23 PM
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Heh:

http://actuallyethics.tumblr.com/


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 10-25-14 3:06 PM
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Don't get too excited, I made my costume in about 28 minutes, with nary a moment to spare . . .


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 10-25-14 6:15 PM
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