Friday, November 07, 2008

Halloween 2008 Photos

It would be nice if I could figure out how to format photos on Blogger, but I'm not spending any time on that today. Here you see the modern family decked out for Halloween. We have, top left and moving clockwise, Dr. Horrible from Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog, a Funny Hat, a Viking Pizza Delivery Man, and Cinderella.
I'd like to point out that at least 3 people recognized me as Dr. Horrible, and not just a mad scientist. This is a first among my obscure costumes. However, I enjoyed the fact that even folks who didn't get that I was doing a specific mad scientist could appreciate that I was a mad scientist.
It's all in the retro goggles (cut from an army surplus gas mask that I got in a garage sale). Neither the coat nor the gloves nor the goggles are truly accurate to the Dr. Horrible mold, but the goggles give people the right idea.
My older daughter's Hat costume makes me feel giddy, and I enjoyed how my son put together a mashup costume from stuff he found in our dress-up box. They both seemed to enjoy handling it themselves.


  1. Very nice. You are totally right, the goggles really make the costume SING . . . slightly off-key and finishing with an evil cackle, no less.

    I like the other costumes as well. I like to tell myself that if I still lived in Austin your example might inspire me to think of a costume. But I like to think a lot of improbable things.

    Does make me want to get some goggles, however. And/or a WW I or II style leather aviator helmet. And a bomber jacket.

    But I'm afraid my clothing funds need to go toward something like better high-tech rain/winter gear with a removable liner.

    Just not the same.

  2. Nice! Yes, what is it about goggles like that? How did they get associated with mad scientists and pulp adventure set in the 1930s and 40s? (I think Hellboy's look is successful partly because the sawed off horns look like goggles on his forehead.) I guess they evoke being in a lab since goggles are common safety gear when doing experimental lab-type stuff. And they're also associated with aviation and pilots.

  3. Yes, Mikael, your goggle comments are right on. Wow, the Hellboy connection, that's a good idea. I read somewhere that goggles are the big special thing for steampunk, and if you look around online you'll find lots of goggle-making howtos. And these are costume fake goggles, mainly. ;)

  4. If you cannot find the Hat costume person in the 3rd photo, take another look. That's a colorful had and a full-body black cloth drape, over a 9 year old girl. :)

  5. What clever costumes! Your Dr. Horrible costume is a total riot. :-) I have a link to Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog on my website as well.

    I was so happy when I learned I could watch DHSB for free on Hulu here: