Tuesday, October 24, 2006

My Halloween Costume Part II

I've done a few plays, but I've never been much of a costume person. Never went that route at conventions, but wow it was kind of a blast doing it for charity.

Found I was freaking out a few folks, however.

My back story was that I was sort of a Cthulhu-conjuring sorcerer like Dean Stockwell in The Dunwich Horror. It's an old movie but you get the picture, a nice fantasy dark sorcerer, generally harmless.

I couldn't find a copy of the Necronomicon to carry, but maybe that was for the best.

Cthulhu lies sleeping
"The problem," said Christine who went in Renaissance dress, is that nobody but you knows who Cthulhu is."

"Apparently not the old guy who's staring at me disapprovingly," I said.

This was in a restaurant, and he was sitting, head propped on one hand, glaring. I wanted to say: "Hey, there's a pimp over there. You're not staring at him."

Purple suit and fur hat, cane. No, no problem with a pimp, but a sorcerer?

Got a gasp from one waitress. "That's not a pentagram is it?"

The packaging said amulet. Note to self for next time, spring five dollars for the jeweled ankh.

"I think it's a pentacle," I said.

"A what?"


Not that that would really be any better in her mind, I guess, but hey if you can't dazzel 'em with brilliance... (Actually my friend, Earl, noted it's a six-pointed star if you look, so it's not a penta anything.)

"Just quit talking to her," Christine said.

Why, I was thinking, is a sorcerer costume such a big deal? It is just a costume at a costume party. If I'd come as the Headless Horseman it would be reasonable to assume I still had a head sequestered somewhere on my person.

One waiter actually was pretty cool.

"Can I get you anything else?" he asked. "Salt? Pepper? Holy water?"

"There's a pimp over there," I said.

It's good to try new things, but costuming is an adventure.


Stewart Sternberg (half of L.P. Styles) said...

I like the look, Sidney. It's either Vincent Price in drag, or Peter Cushing before the cheek bone implants.

Actually, a lot more imaginative than anything I have going. I should just go naked and then plead poverty.

Sidney said...

Hadn't thought of Vincent Price, but thanks! Vincent in the American International days I guess - cool!

Charles Gramlich said...

The outfit looks great. I'm shaking my head sadly at "is that a pentagram?" comment. Lana and some friends and I were at Audobon Park a couple of years back and we had set up some candles and just happened to be sitting in a circle when somebody came by and yelled "Witches!" at us. I yelled back, that's Dr. Witch to you.

Lana is going to dress up in Renaissance clothes for Halloween as well. I've got a long, matrix coat and my leather hat, and may sling my sword over my back if I can get away with that. I also just bought an air pistol so maybe I'll strap that on and try to look like a David Gemmell character.

Sidney said...

Good comeback. Turns out I have another event to go to, another event for charity that my boss helped plan. I dropped by and got a more generic amulet with a red stone today. No need to embarass my boss by having someone say: "Who's the Dark Lord sitting at your table?"

Clifford said...

I was once in a Toys-R-Us looking for a Ouija Board. As I was examining the game, a salesman walked up and said, "You don't want to mess with that--they're dangerous". He was serious, and wanted to see me put it down before walking away.

American's are VERY superstitious...

I'm going as a "soul sucker" this year, so I'm ready for the strange looks!

Clifford said...

P.S. Tell Christine that I know who Cthulhu is too--all the cool kids know!

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