October 31, 2011
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My wife (K) and I were invited to a Halloween costume party this past weekend. It’s been far too long since I’ve been to such a shindig, and this one had a great reputation for really going all-out, so I relished the excuse to get my creative juices flowing and put some great costumes together.
Here’s what I came up with for me:
Yours truly as Carabus vietinghoffi! (Yes, I'm a dork).
Here’s the rest of it:
Elytra, prothorax and sternum made from foam board, celophane wrap and glitter; pipecleaner antennae and florist foam eyes (painted and "ommatidia" glued on) attached to a black toque, old long johns converted into legs, and foam mandibles attached to a cheapo mask.
I wore this with a black long-sleeved shirt, black tights, socks and gloves. The only downside was that I was the only entomologist at the party (not including K, who is an excellent amateur!), so there were a lot of comments about me being a “fly” (HARUMPH) and we had to explain K’s costume a bit…I thought her (TOTALLY AMAZING) prop would have made it crystal-clear:
She was the “entomologist/insect collector” – DUH!
Despite the confusion, we still took second prize for the costume competition (first place went to an utterly creepy and impeccably detailed corpse bride and groom)!
It was great fun and a welcome distraction from my ESC-talk-induced panic.