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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Sunday, October 28th, 2007 08:17 pm
Halloween 2007

My Halloween costume this year was Shaun.


Based on a co-worker's brilliant suggestion, I seized on this idea because it had the perfect blend of cult popularity, relative rarity, and ease of execution -- by which I mean, the costume components and props were easily obtained and/or duplicated, and the makeup would be comparatively minimal.

Plus, I decided early enough so that I had enough time to grow out my whiskers a bit. The hair ... well, not so much. But I think it worked.



Step 1: the props

The cricket bat took the most time. I first considered buying one, but used models are a little scarce in the Pacific NW. A few folks generously offered to let me borrow one, but I had to get the thing bloody, and my co-worker found an DIY cricket bat instructable, so I chose that route. I tweaked the design a bit to make mine look a little less blocky, and was happy with the way it turned out. Maybe 90 minutes time invested.


Bloodied it up with a little paint, and it was ready to smash up some zombie head.

The nametag was a cinch. The dude with the cricket bat instructable also created a replica of Shaun's nametag, which I printed on some photo paper and stuck in a pin-on holder. Viola!




Step 2: the hair

For reference, here's who I was trying to look like:


Here's a progression of images to show what I did.

L to R: before, during, and after, dying my hair.

The ammonia smell of the dye in my beard and moustache just about knocked me out, but the color took perfectly on the first try!

L to R: before and after trimming the goatee.

I hadn't groomed my whiskers since growing them out, and it felt great.

L to R: before and after on the coiffure, and a close-up of the final version.

Didn't have quite enough hair, but I did what I could.

And then some final touches, because what's a zombie slayer without a bit of blood'n'gunk on him?




Step 3: the clothes

A trip to Marshall's and I had a red stripey tie close enough to read as the real thing, and a shirt ready to be bloodied up with some zombie gore (Shaun's costume gets progressively bloodier and dirtier through the film, and I was going for the advanced stages). The rest of the costume was generic: black pants, shoes, and belt, which I already have.


Discovered that the color of the hair dye, once it was ready to be washed out of my hair, was the exact rust color of soaked-in blood ... so I did most of the staining by rubbing the dye out of my hair, and also spattered some paint on for good measure.



Step 4: putting it all together


Left: makeup and costume. Right: practicing the confused, aggreived expression Shaun wears for most of the film.

Hmm, I need to give it some more work. I look like a homicidal maniac:


Here's a side-by-side, in the pose from the movie poster ...


Ready to PARTAY.



I went to a co-worker's costume party first and had drinks with the likes of Dick Tracy, Breathless Mahoney, Drew Carey and Mimi, a few gnomes, and a couple covered in brown fabric (he had horns and she had a halo and wings; they were "bullshit" and "holy shit," respectively) ... then headed over to an LJ-heavy party at Big Jeff's place, whereupon I was immediately beset by Olaf, King of ... Gnomes? Fairies? Trolls?

Anyway, a mighty battle was fought. At some point during the fracas we managed to exchange weapons.


I didn't have a camera, but several folks there did ... these are pretty much for my reference.

Here are links to:Culled from the above, here are some of my favorites from the party (um, plenty of adult humor herein ... some might be locked for precisely this reason):OK, that's enough. I need to get rid of this hangover. Happy Halloween, everyone.

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writesthings
writesthings
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)

as always....AAAAAAAmazzzzz'n. Good job my friend.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)

Thanks dood. How about yours?


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bellybalt
bellybalt
Belly
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)

Wow.... just LOOKING at the pictures and I have a hangover.... :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)

Oddly enough, looking at the pictures seems to have cured mine. :)


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chocolatepot
chocolatepot
Margo! Boxcar! Saturn!
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)

Impressive!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)

:D


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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)

Yeah, I'm bringing some kind of paddle with me EVERYWHERE from now on. Always.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)

I know, right? Who knew?


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sinndar
sinndar
Tracy
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)

Awesome.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)

Thank you!


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stopword
stopword
Alice
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)

you look great!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)

Thanks! It was a lot of fun.


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)

Lovely job on the costume as always! :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)

Aw, thank ya. And likewise.


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mellamoestrella
mellamoestrella
Star
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)

A little spanking's always good. LOVE your costume!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)

Thanks!


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emakelle
Erin
Monday, October 29th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)

Dude, I'm not spanking anyone, nor is anyone spanking me, at least not on film. That's SANDI spanking BESSEH. Ahem. Too krunk to figure us out?

I'm so glad there's photographic evidence of last night, otherwise I'd have no clue what I was doing. BAD ERIN.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)

Cripes, thanks for catching that! Corrected!

And yes, you were both spanker and spankee over the course of the evening. I really hope Noe posts her pictures for other examples of what you were up to. :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)

Thank you!


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halloween
halloween
this is my life and freedom's my profession
Monday, October 29th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)

Yeah, see you ruled that over me. I'm glad I decided against it, 'cause I would'a looked dumb by comparrision, hahahaha

that costume RULES


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)

Sir, you honor me.


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kaleidoscopeeye
kaleidoscopeeye
Kaleidoscope Eyes
Monday, October 29th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)

Nice costume :)

We are sorry we weren't able to come! Can't imagine what we would do with the kids for a late night gig like that.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)

Next year, when the munchkins are old enough to have a sitter, or to come along and party down, we'll get you Daisy and Donald back into the swing.


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klwalton
klwalton
Kathy
Monday, October 29th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)

You rock like a great rocking thing!!!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)

I am duly flattered. :)


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kimie
kimie
KiMiE
Monday, October 29th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)

Your costume was brilliant!!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)

Thanks! Yours was pretty impressive as well. :)


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cornp0ne
cornp0ne
cornp0ne
Monday, October 29th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)

bravo!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)

:)


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Monday, October 29th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)

Tim,
Loved the costume. Thanks for getting all the pics into one place.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 29th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)

Thanks! And, you bet ... I like having the links handy for reference (well, and blackmailing).


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mendemama
mendemama
Sia
Monday, October 29th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
You are so DAMN cute!

I can't stand it. Again with the industriousness. I never have props.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: You are so DAMN cute!

Props are KEY. Thank you! :)


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krazyfelioness
krazyfelioness
sarcastic bubblewrap
Monday, October 29th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Holy hell!!

no words. no words!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Holy hell!!

I choose to take that as a compliment, and thank you. :)


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dabble
dabble
Our Lady of Sighs
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)

Complete and utter rockage. I love it!!!

Did you get people to take pictures of you with disposable cameras too? That's my fave bit in the film! Amongst millions of others.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

I don't remember the disposable camera bit in the film ... when is that scene?


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lovemotionstory
lovemotionstory
lovemotionstory
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)

ok, if you still have the red hair, we need to make out!

for real!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)

WOO HOO! The hair is still red!

... but I shaved the goatee, I fear that might be a dealbreaker. :/


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_yggdrasil
_yggdrasil
A world tree and the last of three
Monday, November 5th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)

Holy shit, this is awesome. Now all you need is a fat aggravating sidekick who crashed your couch five years ago and won't leave.

Found you through nemo_wistar and celaeno and am friending you, because anyone who likes British zombie romantic comedies is cool in my book ^_^


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I did ask for volunteers to be my oafish and flatulent buddy, but strangely no one stepped forth.

Friending right back, so there.


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