If memory serves me correctly, this Halloween will be just the second that I've spent at home since 2001, and I'm not really sure what to do with myself. I'm not one for Halloween parties (nor do I have one to go to), I don't particularly like putting tiny candies into bags of kids that I don't know, and dressing up to sit on my couch with my lady and enjoy a beer, some BBQ, and Game Four of the World Series seems kind of pathetic, which is why that's exactly what I'll end up doing.
On the costume front, I think I'm a package of Just For Men: Beard N Mustache gel and a mohawk away from being able to pull off a pretty successful Brian Wilson costume. (The San Francisco Giants reliever, not the Beach Boy.) Other leading candidates for “low-priced and low-effort” costumes include: Left-Handed Me, Guy That Can't Stop Yelling, and Left-Handed Guy That Can't Stop Yelling While He Drinks Beer And Farts Repeatedly Into His Couch While Watching Game Four Of The World Series. You see where I'm headed.
I perused some of the top costumes for 2010 and I'm a little confused. Snooki, from MTV's Jersey Shore (which I can proudly say I have never watched even a microsecond of) seems to be a popular choice. While I understand that dressing as various forms of slut has been a staple in the Halloween costuming of adult females for decades, I'm not sure what the allure of dressing up like a slutty, orange pile of slob is. Aim higher, gals. Aim higher. If you want to dress down, be a zombie. At least you can use the excuse that you look like shit because you're dead.
Thrice has a long-standing tradition of going all-out for our Halloween shows; costuming the entire band and crew around a central theme, staying in costume for the duration of our set, and incorporating audio samples as set intros and segues between songs. I love it. I look forward to it every year, and find that getting in character takes some of the stresses of a normal show away. (I guess this what Slipknot and Gwar feel like at every show. Maybe they're on to something.)
1) 2007: Portland, Oregon – Anchorman
We bought or borrowed polyester suits, used ABC News' bumper music as a segue between songs, and “grew” mustaches. I say “grew” because since I've been blessed with the facial hair of a 12-year-old, I had to spend $10 on a fake stache and affix it to my upper lip with copious amounts of spirit gum.