Tim (littlebluedog) wrote,

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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.
Tags: friends, halloween, holidays

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  • microbloggin'

    Yesterday: 13:17 File under "neat!" - RT @dstroy: wow thats an addictive little game: machinarium.net

  • hmm

  • beyond good and eljay

    And when you look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks back at you.