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If you could dress-up as a television character for halloween who would it be?

Happy Halloween mefi. (I would be dress as a lannister.)
posted by clavdivs to Feature Requests at 12:11 PM (203 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I'd dress as a junior poster. Or perhaps as a red sign of doom.
posted by Namlit at 12:13 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


They were all out of banhammer costumes at the CVS, so I guess a sexy pimp.
posted by item at 12:16 PM on October 30, 2011


No. 1, of course. DUH.
posted by josher71 at 12:16 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


But while I dress up, I'll say to myself "I'm gonna clothe this up." Liberties of the non-native speaker.
posted by Namlit at 12:19 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


I would dress up as I'd have to own one to understand it.
posted by onya at 12:19 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Grimace from the McDonalds commercials, I believe. Hope this helps.
posted by codacorolla at 12:24 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


kirk/spock.
posted by kaibutsu at 12:25 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


sexy geico lizard obvsly
posted by elizardbits at 12:25 PM on October 30, 2011 [6 favorites]


I? Clavdivs!
posted by likeso at 12:26 PM on October 30, 2011 [13 favorites]


TV...hmm....
Well, I guess I'd be the Honey Badger then.
posted by Namlit at 12:32 PM on October 30, 2011


Is this something I'd have to own a television and dress up as something for Halloween to care about?
posted by box at 12:33 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Bagpuss. Because I'm almost round enough naturally, and it involves being asleep.
posted by scruss at 12:36 PM on October 30, 2011


Shouldn't this go on AskMe?
posted by crunchland at 12:40 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


it's time to get hopped up on chocolate and bourbon again!
posted by The Whelk at 12:42 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


On christmas eve, I'm going to post a thread asking people which church they are attending for christmas mass.
posted by hal_c_on at 12:57 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you add movies, apparently guys can go as Laura Croft.
posted by jeffburdges at 12:57 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


For anyone confused, this is something of a clavdivs holiday tradition:

2010,2007,2006,2002
posted by donnagirl at 12:59 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


On Christmas Eve, I'm going to post a thread asking people which television character they're going to dress up as for Christmas Mass.
posted by box at 1:01 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


On christmas eve, I'm going to post a thread asking people which church they are attending for christmas mass.

Wait, is your problem with the Halloween part or the television part?
posted by griphus at 1:01 PM on October 30, 2011


oh man I keep meaning to dress up as Fry from Futurama cause all it would take is some hair dye and a confused expression.
posted by The Whelk at 1:02 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Gunther Toody.
posted by jonmc at 1:03 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I went to a Futurama-themed Halloween party last night! Four of the, I don't know, dozen, people showed up as the theme. We had a Leela, a Bender, a Mom and a Zoidberg.

Had I had more time/cared more, I would've tried to figure out a Hedonismbot costume.
posted by griphus at 1:03 PM on October 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


Douglas Reynholm. I've been working on my electric sex pants all year.
posted by mintcake! at 1:06 PM on October 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


I'm teaching class tomorrow as Dr. Gregory House. I get compared enough to him as it is. (This AskMeFi question from several years back proved very helpful!)
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 1:09 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I dunno, but check out this Sulu pumpkin from a local grocery store.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:16 PM on October 30, 2011


Had I had more time/cared more, I would've tried to figure out a Hedonismbot costume.

See this is your first mistake. Hedonism bot regrets NOTHING
posted by The Whelk at 1:17 PM on October 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


Cookie Monster.
posted by daniel_charms at 1:17 PM on October 30, 2011


"Hello IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:22 PM on October 30, 2011 [10 favorites]


How is this Metafilter-related? MeTa isn't chatfilter.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:24 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Stig of the Dump. If you've got it, flaunt it.
posted by Abiezer at 1:24 PM on October 30, 2011


Grinch again this year, Chocolate Pickle?
posted by Abiezer at 1:25 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


How is this Metafilter-related? MeTa isn't chatfilter.

Sunday afternoon rules. I don't write them, I'm just aware of them.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:26 PM on October 30, 2011 [14 favorites]


I dunno, but check out this Sulu pumpkin from a local grocery store.

Oh my.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 1:29 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Someone else has to supply the chocolate and bourbon, Sunday afternoon rules.
posted by The Whelk at 1:30 PM on October 30, 2011


Christopher Kimball from America's Test Kitchen as soon as I find the right glasses to go with my earthworm mask.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 1:31 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Britta, from Community, in her protest outfit as seen here.
posted by piratebowling at 1:34 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Besides, you can't close up a thread that a moderator already commented in.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:34 PM on October 30, 2011


How is this Metafilter-related? MeTa isn't chatfilter.

Rules aren't rules for everybody here on metafilter. It pretty much depends on jessamyn's mood.

Maybe if the mods were a bit more consistent with their policing, there wouldn't be hordes of people asking why stuff was deleted, why stuff is ok, or not ok...and general shit like that.

But secretly...I think the mods LOOOOOVE those queries.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:35 PM on October 30, 2011


Oy.
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 1:37 PM on October 30, 2011


Does Popalong Cassidy count?
posted by Gygesringtone at 1:38 PM on October 30, 2011


Mr. Horse.
posted by cmoj at 1:39 PM on October 30, 2011


Maybe if the mods were a bit more consistent with their policing, there wouldn't be hordes of people asking why stuff was deleted, why stuff is ok, or not ok...and general shit like that.

Or maybe people here are, for all their other fine qualities, sometimes on the high-maintenance side, and maybe people are in any case inclined in general to grouse now and then about perceived inconsistencies or personal injustices?

And maybe now and then we let goofy stuff like clav's inclination toward halloween posts stand in the hope that people won't give us or each other shit about even that sort of harmless silliness slipping through the cracks.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:41 PM on October 30, 2011 [35 favorites]


It pretty much depends on jessamyn's mood.

Ha, if only. If things depended on my mood and my mood were the deciding factor, this place would be a lot different.

It's fine to ask why something is here and why something isn't. We'll try to reply and give you an honest, if possibly jokey, answer. An open thread on a touchy topic on a Saturday night after we'd banned one person per night for acting out in MeTa the two nights previous is not something we're looking forward to. A holiday themed question on a day when everyone's more or less around and is unlikely to get people fighting is usually okay.

We're actually pretty consistent, we just don't feel like we need to spell out every single thing each and every time. Feel free to ask, we'll answer. I'm not really seeing hordes of people consistently confused about things around here.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:43 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm going as a threadshitter.

Fair warning, you do not want to stiff me on the candy.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 1:43 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


clavdivs be dress as a Lannister? Which one? I would be dress as Meera Reed.
posted by futz at 1:48 PM on October 30, 2011


Saul Goodman
posted by mannequito at 1:48 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


I'm not really seeing hordes of people consistently confused about things around here.

Quickly Eideteker, to the laboratory! We have hordes to grow.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:51 PM on October 30, 2011


On the other hand allowing the different variations on the theme to stay open five of the last six years seems pretty consistent.
posted by Gygesringtone at 1:56 PM on October 30, 2011


I'm going as a sexy junior moderator.
posted by found missing at 2:08 PM on October 30, 2011 [7 favorites]


I've been seriously tempted to get this shirt several times.

Seriously, though, a nice Captain Mal Reynolds or eleventh Doctor costume would be pretty great.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:08 PM on October 30, 2011


Seriously.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:08 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I would dress as ChatFilter, the chatty MetaTalk post.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:10 PM on October 30, 2011


I'm going as an externalized projection of my id.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 2:16 PM on October 30, 2011


My friend and I are going as those lovable characters FAVORITE and FLAG. Here's a picture of us in costume:

[+] [!]
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 2:19 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'd like to dress as Neal Caffrey, but I'd probably be a better Joan Holloway.
posted by sgrass at 2:20 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


What's a Lannister?
posted by cjorgensen at 2:21 PM on October 30, 2011


maybe people are in any case inclined in general to grouse now and then about perceived inconsistencies or personal injustices?

Hey now, I thought we weren't supposed to call out mefites who aren't even in the thread!

I'm going as a Viking. (Pajamas and slippers.)
posted by rtha at 2:21 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Sexy MeFi Sidebar. All activity, baby.
posted by the_bone at 2:22 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mary Hartman ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman")
posted by hermitosis at 2:22 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


And a noteworthy post.
posted by the_bone at 2:22 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm going as a sexy undertaker.
posted by ColdChef at 2:23 PM on October 30, 2011 [7 favorites]


Anyone dressing as the doll Chatty Cathy?
posted by Cranberry at 2:26 PM on October 30, 2011


What's a Lannister?

Twenty groats, same as in Winterfell.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:29 PM on October 30, 2011 [29 favorites]


SpongeBob, or BobNewhart

would a mod please delete all the answers that aren't tv related, these idiots evidently don't know how to read!
posted by HuronBob at 2:30 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Newhart Square Pants?
posted by The Whelk at 2:31 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd dress like the Tom Baker Doctor Who every day if I could. And why can't I?
posted by plexi at 2:31 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mary Hartman ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman")

SHE'S COMING OUT OF THE MIRROR OH GOD WHAT DID YOU DO
posted by griphus at 2:33 PM on October 30, 2011 [12 favorites]


Worzel Gummidge. It wouldn't take much work to do really.
posted by Elmore at 2:38 PM on October 30, 2011


Raise your hand if you just realized, after looking at it for years, that the OP's name is probably pronounced "claudius"?
posted by Salvor Hardin at 2:41 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


I'm debating between Baba Yaga and a cellphone tower with a wind turbine on top like a beanie
posted by infini at 2:42 PM on October 30, 2011


Mallory Keaton.
posted by rumposinc at 2:43 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Actually, maybe I'd prefer Otis from Andy Griffith.
posted by jonmc at 2:43 PM on October 30, 2011


Johnny Slash.
posted by chococat at 2:44 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Tony Robinson Talking About Short Walls Lately Discovered On A Dig Near Little Neveden In Winchestershire.

Costume includes:
1) Tony Robinson facemask.
2) Tony Robinson approved windcheater.
3) Realistic looking "short wall" made out of polystyrene.
posted by Jehan at 2:48 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's not much of a stretch, since I'm pretty much John Drake in real life. But yeah, Danger Man, thanks for asking.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 2:50 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


...a canister with too much pumpkin pie in his mouth.
posted by Namlit at 2:51 PM on October 30, 2011


Raise your hand if you just realized, after looking at it for years, that the OP's name is probably pronounced "claudius"?

Intellectually, my brain realizes this. On an emotional level, though, it says "NUH-UH! CLAVDIVS is pronounced 'claudius'. clavdivs is pronounced 'clav-divs'."
posted by Lexica at 2:55 PM on October 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


Pam from "Archer."
posted by rewil at 2:56 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


House. Mostly because I want to carry the cane and do the limp.
posted by J. Wilson at 2:59 PM on October 30, 2011


John Shade.
posted by Kinbote at 3:01 PM on October 30, 2011


Ms. Zamboni and I were Mathnet for Halloween. Cogitate and solve, punks.

(advice for future Mathnet officers: add a retention strap to the calculator shoulder holster.)
posted by zamboni at 3:04 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wolfram Alpha Male.
posted by spitbull at 3:09 PM on October 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


Your mom.
posted by Brocktoon at 3:11 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


When I was in third grade, it was the very first year that Star Trek: The Next Generation was on the air. I'd never been a big fan of the original series as a kid, but for some reason (maybe all the hype in TV Guide surrounding the new series), I decided that it was going to be the Best Show Of All Time. Maybe I just felt like I needed a grown-up sci-fi show that would speak to my OBVIOUS intelligence, which was SO CLEARLY far beyond my years

Anyway I watched the first season and was of course completely blown away by its high production values and ever-so-subtle ethical dilemmas and not-at-all shittily two-dimensional characters. My Favorite Show, hands down. Yes.

So next autumn, I decided that I would be Data for Halloween. Like many young nerdy kids, I identified with the dude who didn't understand human emotions but tried his best to be kind even though obviously he was SMARTER and STRONGER and BETTER than everyone

But! The show had only been on for a season, and I guess in those days, production companies hadn't figured out the kind of marketing strategies we have now for Halloween costumes, where each year brings a thoroughly disposable costume collection consisting of Kate from Jon and Kate Plus 8 or the Octomom or whatevs. So though my mom tried to find either a store-bought costume or a sewing-pattern for a Data costume, none yet existed.

So my mom, generous and loving woman she is, cobbled together a makeshift Data costume by using black and gold fabric and using a sewing-pattern for a Superman costume. I whitened my face with baby powder and slicked my hair down with hairspray, and MAN OH MAN did I ever look like a cool-ass android. I like to think there was something in my costuming choice that reflects the zeitgeist, a kid choosing to be Data even though it means running roughshod over the pattern for Superman.

Anyway, my mom, who actually kind of hated Halloween, seemed to feel that her duty was done. No more Halloween costumes would be made by her after she'd gone the extra mile that year. From then on, I would have to make my own costumes. This led to me using a white sheet the following year and making it into a pretty crappy glue-gun-assembled robe so I could be Sypha from Castlevania III, which made my mom worry that in said white robe, I kind of looked like a KKK member. I also didn't realize that Sypha was actually a lady, but whatever, FUCK YOU GENDER NORMATIVITY
posted by Greg Nog at 3:16 PM on October 30, 2011 [23 favorites]


Or maybe people here are, for all their other fine qualities, sometimes on the high-maintenance side, and maybe people are in any case inclined in general to grouse now and then about perceived inconsistencies or personal injustices?

Agreed.
1. Sometimes people (including myself) are high-maintenance.
2. personal injustices? This is just metafilter. But yeah, I'm not the only one that sees all sorts of inconsistencies.

And maybe now and then we let goofy stuff like clav's inclination toward halloween posts stand in the hope that people won't give us or each other shit about even that sort of harmless silliness slipping through the cracks.

You are free to hope that people won't give you shit because you give someone preferential treatment. Just as I am free to think that preferential treatment = inconsistent policies.

I'm not really seeing hordes of people consistently confused about things around here.

Well there are two ways to assess the confusion of people:

1. Wait for people to say "hey...is that inconsistent?" "why was this deleted?" or "I'm confused"...in a meta(or via the contact form...which we both know people don't use as often as they should). Everyone knows that opening a meta is like turning on a camcorder, looking up at the sky, and giving a 5 year old a baseball bat; ts only a matter of time before someone is writhing in pain. Some people just won't do that...but some people will.

2. Watch for popular comments like these.

I have nothing against you guys; I believe the world would be a better place if there were more people like cortex and jessamyn. But dudes, I'm not the only one who thinks the rules need clarification...even in this thread. Also...your generous use of "well it was flagged so it got deleted". How many flags has this thread received?

It seems like you use the flag thing as justification only when you agree with it. In other cases, it just doesn't factor in because you don't agree with it. I can also see the benefit of keeping the flag number private because of that.
posted by hal_c_on at 3:19 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Goddammit, who spilled chocolate and bourbon on hal_c_con's "let it ride man, it's all good" neural interface?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:25 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Seeing as my actual costume was a lumberjack from what I thought was an extraordinarily well-known American tall tale, I suppose I could do double duty as the television character that half the people I ran into this weekend already assumed I was: the Brawny man.
posted by psoas at 3:25 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Another point of view would be, it's just a website.
posted by found missing at 3:25 PM on October 30, 2011


Inspector Morse!
posted by Wuggie Norple at 3:28 PM on October 30, 2011


I'm not dressing up for Halloween, but today while I was reading about the storm that walloped the Northeast, I read about a guy who was worried the power wouldn't be back on in time for his Halloween tradition, which is to put a big movie screen in his front yard and show Young Frankenstein on it.

I thought that was such an awesome idea that I am going to do it too.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 3:28 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Velma Dinkley, as in Scooby Doo.
posted by dumdidumdum at 3:33 PM on October 30, 2011


The Invisible Man, obviously.
posted by unSane at 3:33 PM on October 30, 2011


I think now I'll go as some dude who is going bugfuck in a toss off forum thread.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 3:35 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Oscar the Grouch. I looooooooved him as a kid, as did my brothers. So much so that we named our (female) cocker spaniel "Oscar".
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 3:36 PM on October 30, 2011


I'd noticed a paucity of delightful non sequiturs around these parts recently and was secretly afraid there would be no clavdivs Halloween post this year.

Sorry for doubting. I would dress up as Hank Kingsley.
posted by auto-correct at 3:39 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd noticed a paucity of delightful non sequiturs around these parts recently

I'm happy to help fix that
posted by The Whelk at 3:46 PM on October 30, 2011


I'd noticed a paucity of delightful non sequiturs around these parts recently

10 to 15, or maybe heavier.
posted by found missing at 3:49 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Goddammit, who spilled chocolate and bourbon on hal_c_con's "let it ride man, it's all good" neural interface?!

You're right. I can't help it, can I? Sorry.
posted by hal_c_on at 3:51 PM on October 30, 2011


who's the guy with the f***ing head cold that won't quit and the sore pain and a sort of lingering hangover that hasn't diminished in weeks?

Anyway. That guy. Then I wouldn't even have to dress up.
posted by philip-random at 3:55 PM on October 30, 2011


Disco Stu.
posted by arcticseal at 3:56 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


My husband and I went as our favourite childhood TV superheroes. Mine was obvious; his was harder for people to identify.
posted by web-goddess at 3:58 PM on October 30, 2011 [6 favorites]


I'd dress up as uncanny hengeman. Oh wait, you said a television character. Okay then, I'd dress up as Jesus.
posted by Decani at 4:00 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Does it have to be TV? I've got a pretty decent Karkat Vantas costume ready to go, and I will talk your ear off explaining who that is, oh yes.

Otherwise: Sailor Moon. But I refuse to shave my beard.

fffffff that eoa5
posted by pts at 4:07 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Pam from "Archer.

Pam: Wow, you are just a dog in a manger.
Cheryl: I don't know what that means Pam. I didn't grow up on a cheese farm.
Pam: Oh, for the - it's called a dairy.
posted by clearly at 4:09 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'll go as the magpies' Nemesis. They chewed off the carefully crafted, eerie eye teeth of our pumpkin! ONLY the teeth, stupid clever birds. Like "that orange thing playing the cat won't do. Let's go get him."
posted by Namlit at 4:09 PM on October 30, 2011


What's a tele-vision? I'd dress up as Trogdor obviously.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:13 PM on October 30, 2011


Since I dress like Joan Holloway 364 days of the year, maybe I'll go in the other direction and dress like an extra on Breaking Bad?
posted by pxe2000 at 4:21 PM on October 30, 2011


DOctor Who has now forever ruined my Fez wearing.
posted by Artw at 4:26 PM on October 30, 2011


The SDF-1, of course. Or the Island.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:27 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


hal_c_on: Maybe if the mods were a bit more consistent with their policing, there wouldn't be hordes of people asking why stuff was deleted, why stuff is ok, or not ok...and general shit like that.

It's tradition, dude. Kinda like how we expect you to be an ineffectual contrarian just for the sake of being a contrarian.
posted by gman at 4:32 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Apparently I dressed up as Zach Galifianakis.
posted by klangklangston at 4:46 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Your mom.

My White Mama?
posted by mannequito at 4:47 PM on October 30, 2011


Does Rod Serling count as a TV character? Because Rod Serling.

And if not Rod Serling, then Ed Bighead.
posted by phunniemee at 4:48 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Also...your generous use of "well it was flagged so it got deleted". How many flags has this thread received?

The flags, as we've always said, alert us to the fact that there are people directing our attention towards something. At that point, we can take a look at something to see if something needs to be done. A lot of flags that pile up quickly is often an indication that people really dislike a post, or it needs fixing, or something. At the end of the day however, always, we use mod discretion to decide what to do.

And MetaTalk, more than other parts of the site, is a place where our personal feelings about what to do carry more weight. This is where we do not have the option to personally flag and move on if something here is problematic to us or to the community. It's an optional part of the site for all members except the mod team. Late night fighty post on a weekend when we all want to go to bed? We're more likely to close it. Middle of the day fun post that is a repeat of the posts we have every year? More likely to stay.

There are some people who are uncomfortable with this uncertainty and all we can say is that we're available to talk about this stuff, but it is an aspect of MeFi, and MetaTalk in particular, that is unlikely to change and you can decide what you want to do with that information. You are welcome to take this to the contact form if this is something that really has you unsettled.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:51 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Color or B&W Rod Serling? Because color Rod Serling is VERY orange.

You'll need some smokes, of course.
posted by Artw at 4:52 PM on October 30, 2011


Blossom.
posted by sweetkid at 4:53 PM on October 30, 2011


MetaFilter: only a matter of time before someone is writhing in pain.
posted by spitbull at 4:54 PM on October 30, 2011


Friends of mine dressed up as Flo from Progressive and Mayhem.
posted by Sassyfras at 4:57 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I want to go as Lou Grant. Someone else needs to go as Mary Tyler Moore and follow me around all night whining 'But Mr Graaaaant?!' while I drink lots of bourbon and chew on a candy cigar.
posted by winna at 5:00 PM on October 30, 2011


Al Swearengen obv.
posted by tumid dahlia at 5:04 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Juan Epstein.

Obviously.
posted by Chichibio at 5:12 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Vitaglia from the White Shadow. Obviously.
posted by jonmc at 5:14 PM on October 30, 2011


Dexter, or maybe Clay Morrow.
posted by malocchio at 5:15 PM on October 30, 2011


Annie from Community.
posted by kenko at 5:17 PM on October 30, 2011


Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. I do slightly resemble her... well, if she were ten years older, not quite so pretty and understood the meaning of "business casual."
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 5:26 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


David Attenborough. I am not going to do anything Halloween, but I am going to do voice-over narration after the fact.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:26 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Penelope Garcia rules. Everyone else drools.
posted by sweetkid at 5:27 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Paula Fucking Deen
posted by heyho at 5:28 PM on October 30, 2011


Abby from NCIS. I've never really watched the show, but I'll pause flipping channels if she's on the screen just to get fashion tips.
posted by donnagirl at 5:29 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wanna look like you have a hole blown right through your gut?

Here is the coolest costume I've seen this year (requires 2 iPad2s).
posted by spitbull at 5:31 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


CHARLES NELSON REILLY
posted by not_on_display at 5:32 PM on October 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


That one Negro girl in the steno pool at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
posted by fuse theorem at 5:43 PM on October 30, 2011


I would go as a Quinn-Martin Production.
posted by pianomover at 5:57 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Loose that - dammit
posted by pianomover at 6:01 PM on October 30, 2011


Endora. mrgood would be Durwood (of the Dick York variety, s’il vous plaît). Or Uncle Arthur.

But that's only because, well, I'm a bit past attempting Francesca.

posted by peagood at 6:04 PM on October 30, 2011


I did dress as Asha Greyjoy this year, everyone's favorite (not really, but she should be) resident Ironborn seafaring reaver feminist chick. "If you try to make me marry that guy, I will cut you" etc.
posted by ifjuly at 6:05 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


If I were dressing up, and had access to facial hair - and also access to a faux shaved head - Heisenberg.

As is, I'm going as "That lady holding the baby in a dinosaur suit."
posted by sonika at 6:11 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Changed my mind, going as the dead guy from the NZ drunk-driving PSA. Want some ghost chips, bru?
posted by villanelles at dawn at 6:32 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Sexy Grover.
posted by seanmpuckett at 6:33 PM on October 30, 2011


I want to go as that old guy in the Hoveround commercial who rides around with a cool, refreshing glass of iced tea in the specially-made beverage holder.
posted by iconomy at 6:42 PM on October 30, 2011


Changed my mind again, I'll dress up as toast and go as Herman Cain.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 6:43 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I also didn't realize that Sypha was actually a lady, but whatever, FUCK YOU GENDER NORMATIVITY

OK, guys, we did it! We beat Dracula and that giant troll guy that had blocks floating around him that we didn't know why he there! Aw, yea, you guys are two awesome dudes. Warrior and wizard, the two kinds of awesome dudes!

It's the end of the journey so you should high five, then go your separate ways. Oh, I see you're already getting closer to each other to high five, good idea.

Wait, that's really close. OK, uh, what now? Haha, I don't think that's gonna work unless you're going to high five with your faces there. Wait. What

Guys?
posted by ignignokt at 7:05 PM on October 30, 2011


Sexy Grover.

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Goddammit, you ruined Grover! Goddamn you, seanmpuckett. Goddamn you to hell.
posted by Diablevert at 7:12 PM on October 30, 2011


found missing: "I'm going as a sexy junior moderator."

Is there any other kind?
posted by dg at 7:20 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


CHARLES NELSON REILLY

Hold on a sec, I'll be Paul Lynde, we can go be snidely sarcastic together and make back handed gay references that no one will get, for some reason.
posted by doctor_negative at 7:28 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I would go as Mary Tyler Moore.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:34 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sexy Grover likes Mary Tyler Moore.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:35 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Groooooooooover!
posted by The Whelk at 7:35 PM on October 30, 2011


Inspired by ZZ Top Gun, I want to go as Malcolm Reynolds Wrap. I've got a decent Captain Mal outfit, I just need to figure out how to incorporate the Reynolds Wrap part.
posted by kmz at 7:40 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Either Loretta Young or Dan Haggerty.
posted by octobersurprise at 7:56 PM on October 30, 2011


I've got a decent Captain Mal outfit, I just need to figure out how to incorporate the Reynolds Wrap part.

Full-length frock coat made of aluminum foil.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 7:58 PM on October 30, 2011


I'm not dressing up anymore, but my granddaughter is going as Voltron.
posted by pjern at 8:42 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


The party that my husband and I were supposed to go to got snowed out, so we just ended up running around our apartment like this.

Probably for the best, though. It's such an embarrassing faux pas to go to a party and find you've crossed your own timestream.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:28 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Upon meeting two people dressed like that there is indeed a 100% chance I'd shout "Don't cross your timestreams!" at them.
posted by Artw at 9:32 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Troy and Abed AS Inspector Spacetime and The Constable.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:37 PM on October 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Man people where dressed up at the showing of Ghostbusters I was at. It was great!

I think we need some 70s power pop like RIGHT NOW
posted by The Whelk at 9:40 PM on October 30, 2011


So we went to see the new Estonian film adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Idiot this Saturday. When we arrived at the cinema, we were at first startled by the crowd that had gathered there, fearing that the film might be sold out, until we realized they were having some sort of a Halloween special with Twilight movies or something like that, because all the staff were dressed up as vampires, with fake blood dripping from their mouths. It was especially surreal coming out of the theatre after the movie, because you would be thinking that they're all in the late stage of tuberculosis and coughing out pieces of their lungs, like poor Ippolit in the Idiot.
posted by daniel_charms at 10:02 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm not dressing up anymore, but my granddaughter is going as Voltron.

Well that just answered a longstanding question! We had a Voltron toy in our family when I was a kid, but nobody ever knew what it was. We figured that it was just some cheap robot toy without a real backstory, like something they just pop out at a Taiwanese factory for a few pennies. All this time it had a whole cartoon dedicated to it! I guess the cartoon was never shown here though.
posted by Jehan at 10:14 PM on October 30, 2011


This one: Voltron (made out of rubber!)

Back to your normal shedule.
posted by Jehan at 10:20 PM on October 30, 2011


Hello-Kitty Voltron.
posted by taz (staff) at 10:32 PM on October 30, 2011


Voltron was the shit, yeah. I had all five cats in the like 8-inch models at one point, so the resulting assembled Voltron was like 14 inches high and it was like holy shit this robot is made of robots! But it was also pretty flimsy.

I also had a battery powered version of the central black cat, which would march stockily along on all fours. Never got the accessory cats for that one though, so instead of being a battery-powered walking Voltron it was just this friendless, limbless, fat robot cat.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:37 PM on October 30, 2011


The Seven Billionth Child.
posted by pracowity at 10:51 PM on October 30, 2011


I really really want to be human Kikaida for Halloween.
posted by BurnChao at 10:57 PM on October 30, 2011


For some reason, now I want to see a Voltron lion that does double duty as the good luck waving cat that greets you at Asian-owned businesses.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:05 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Maneki Neko. I think of them as "hello cats".
posted by Artw at 11:11 PM on October 30, 2011


Bob Ross.
posted by MexicanYenta at 11:23 PM on October 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I had some sort of black market Voltron, either counterfeit or of the "fell off the back of the truck" variety. I still have a Daltanias, they were actually a pretty cool Godaikin but I was a bit embarrassed by it since everyone thought of it as a ghetto Voltron.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:32 PM on October 30, 2011


I'm the only River Song in this thread then? Cool!
posted by Space Kitty at 11:45 PM on October 30, 2011


Mary Tyler Moore!
posted by shortyJBot at 5:58 AM on October 31, 2011


I went as Leela! My boyfriend was Fry, one of our dogs was Nibbler, and the other dog was Maude Lebowski. Here we are.
posted by bluishorange at 6:13 AM on October 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Grizzly Adams
posted by Sailormom at 6:18 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Previously
posted by previously at 7:05 AM on October 31, 2011


House. Mostly because I want to carry the cane and do the limp.

Because your name is J. Wilson?

After reading Pontius Pilate's original question about House, I want to go get some black hair dye and go as Cuddy soooo bad. I can be bitchier for the night with no regrets!


Or I could just be a mom, chaperoning a kid around a neighborhood.
posted by doyouknowwhoIam? at 7:27 AM on October 31, 2011


the other dog was Maude Lebowski.

I was all like, "How do you dress a dog as Maude Lebowski for Halloween?" and then I saw your picture.

Thank you for clearing that up for me.
posted by elmer benson at 7:41 AM on October 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm going as a sexy undertaker.
posted by ColdChef


ColdChef, the point is to pretend to be something you're not.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:46 AM on October 31, 2011 [5 favorites]


I'm the only River Song in this thread then? Cool!
posted by Space Kitty at 11:45 PM on October 30 [+] [!]


I was going to, but I got overwhelmed by the cossplayers on LJ who say you MUST buy $200+ dollar discontinued dresses to dress as River Song, etc. etc.

(Also, pics pls.)
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:20 AM on October 31, 2011


I went as Khaleesi!
posted by likeatoaster at 8:30 AM on October 31, 2011 [5 favorites]


jessamyn: " Late night fighty post on a weekend when we all want to go to bed? We're more likely to close it."

I waited until Monday to make this comment. :)

Now that you have two mods on staff whose role is specifically to provide coverage during night and weekend hours, should we expect more tolerance of potentially controversial MeTa posts made during those times?
posted by zarq at 8:35 AM on October 31, 2011


I went as the 11th Doctor. I basically dress like that on a daily basis, so I didn't have to spend a dime. Slightly different tie and no suspenders, but hey it was snowing and I didn't want to go outside. The party was at our downstairs neighbors' so the furthest I had to go was to the front porch.

Girlfriend went as a Head Cold and stayed on the couch watching Upstairs Downstairs.
posted by backseatpilot at 8:52 AM on October 31, 2011


should we expect more tolerance of potentially controversial MeTa posts made during those times?

This is so edge casey and predict-the-future-y that I'm going to say I don't know. It would be nice if people would keep their controversial MeTa posts to a minimum anyhow.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:00 AM on October 31, 2011


I'm dressed as Archie Campbell from Hee Haw right now. Damn, overalls are comfortable.
posted by bayliss at 9:14 AM on October 31, 2011


klangklangston: Apparently I dressed up as Zach Galifianakis.

Is that the Lighthouse Attendant Zach or Vice President of Ultimate Frisbee Zach?
posted by filthy light thief at 9:41 AM on October 31, 2011


It was "Buffaloed by some Asian dude dressed as Ed Helms with a facial tattoo Galifianakis because I have a beard and a sports jacket."
posted by klangklangston at 11:51 AM on October 31, 2011


I was Liz Lemmon a couple years ago when every other brunette with glasses was Sarah Palin.

This year my original plan was to go as Daria Morgendorfer, but ended up as Business Cat instead. I gave a presentation to most of my company in costume. So... that happened.
posted by maryr at 2:10 PM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I *heart* business cat!
posted by Artw at 2:19 PM on October 31, 2011


Wait, not this Business Cat?
posted by Artw at 2:24 PM on October 31, 2011


No, this one. Not very well, or anything, but it amused my coworkers.
posted by maryr at 2:45 PM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


/does not love inferior business cat.
posted by Artw at 3:24 PM on October 31, 2011


I constructe my costume entirely from bathrobes, a hoodie, a toy sword and the halo effect generated by having a cute child in costume nearby. Turned out pretty well, I think - of course I've always though of myself as combining the more hansome aspects of and Alec Guiness and Ewan McGregor.
posted by Artw at 12:43 PM on November 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


I constructe my costume entirely from bathrobes

You and I are not very different. I went as The Mayor of Sleepytown which was sort of a takeoff on an XTC song which no one knew anyhow but it didn't matter since I was just an adult handing out candy and no one really cares what you are trying to be. I was astute enough to recognize a kid dressed as the LMFAO danging boxhead robot thing and a kid or two dressed like Super Mario which NO ONE ELSE KNEW the reference for. Horrifying me. But man was that little girl stoked when I said "You are a great Mario!"
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:19 PM on November 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


I saw a couple of Marios, I made a kid who was having a disapointed conversation with his minders about how nobody knew who he was extremely happy by telling my party "look out! It's Wario - THE EVIL MARIO!" - pretty much stayed in character the rest of the night.

God, so many Vaders. Like one clone trooper (boo!) and one other Princess Leia, but that twisted and evil being who is more machine than man I encountered five or six times.
posted by Artw at 2:24 PM on November 1, 2011


I may also have yelled "Expanded universe!" at some smartass that remarked Leia doesn't have a light sabre, but truth be told it's a point of shame that I actually know that.
posted by Artw at 2:29 PM on November 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


@maryr, how did you do Business Cat?
posted by sweetkid at 3:04 PM on November 1, 2011


After all the people yesterday who said, "Oh, you're a... bat? A devil?" I wanted to hug the woman who looked at me and asked, "Well, where's the Roadrunner?"

For pete's sake, my garment had a hang tag that said "Genuine ACME Corp Bat-Man Suit" and I was wearing a sticker on my chest that said "HI MY NAME IS Wile. E. Coyote, SUPERGENIUS — Have brain, will travel".

Harrumph.
posted by Lexica at 3:24 PM on November 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wait, so you were Batman disguised as a cartoon character? That seems pretty unrealistic.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:25 PM on November 1, 2011


My neighborhood featured multiple Luigis and a family consisting of both Wario AND Wa-Luigi (whose name I had to ask). Strangely, I don't remember any Marios.

Business Cat consisted of a black sweater (and skirt and tights), a white collar, a yellow and blue tied, and cat ears. Well, cat ears would have been cuter - what I had was a whole cat head made out of a skull cap, purchased for $5 at Michael's a year or so ago. I'm hoping my coworker will send me photos soon. (I eschewed captions, I felt that would have just cheapened the look).
posted by maryr at 4:07 PM on November 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also popular in these parts (these parts being a wildly popular street a couple blocks from me): ninjas, princesses, Monster High (not terribly inspired, trendy enough vampires for tween girls but not slutty so I'm OK with it), Angry Birds, pirates, lions (mostly little kids, so cubs really). There were a couple of truly homemade BY THE KIDS costumes - two sibling sea turtles and one red-tailed hawk. It wasn't the best costume, OK, but he was not, I repeat, NOT an Angry Bird. He may have been an annoyed raptor though.

Oh, we also had a couple dinosaurs, a lizard, and a pair of kids riding dinosaurs (one let me skritch his dinosaur's nose and then let the dinosaur munch candy from the bowl).

I was positively impressed by the number of parents dressed up, especially to coordinate with their offspring's outfits.

But we also got one group of teen boys not in costume - we remarked on it, to which one of the boys seemed to say (we aren't positive we heard correctly), that he was with his friends and they were, I swear, "a reverse oreo." These kids were maybe 14, two white and one black (in the middle of the two others). When discussing the boys later, everyone was a bit hesitant to say what they thought they had heard. There was a small sense of relief that no, we weren't horrible individuals who had misheard, twisted some poor kid's words - everyone heard the same thing. This wasn't even the usual, it's 9 o'clock, the cute kids are in bed, it's all miscreants now. This was mid-evening, among all the 5 years olds dressed in frills over jackets (fewer frills, more jackets as the night wore on). They were pretty much the only uncostumed folks we got all evening. It was weird.
posted by maryr at 4:26 PM on November 1, 2011


I was astute enough to recognize a kid dressed as the LMFAO danging boxhead robot thing

Thank you, thank you
, jessamyn. So that's what that was - we had one too. It seems that I am now the doddering old lady who makes toddlers cry by calling them "Captains" when they are "PIWOTTTSSS" because I failed to notice the wings on their caps, and who nods dimly at the unidentifiably-costumed preteens who were happier to receive the mini Play-Dohs than the toddlers were. (Direct quote: "Play-Doh - awesome! I can't wait to smell it!")


I was positively impressed by the number of parents dressed up, especially to coordinate with their offspring's outfits.


The good family here has decided that the world can be divided into two types of people:Those who thought mrgood was Zorro; and those who immediately recognized the Dread Pirate Roberts escorting Buttercup around.

It came up, though, last night among the adults present and again this morning at drop-off: When did we start giving out handfuls of candy instead of just one piece to each trick-or-treater? I mean, I get why I started giving out mini-comic books, temporary tattoos and little tubs of Play-Doh instead of/along with candy - but I don't know when kids started feeling comfortable reaching in the bowl to stuff a fistful of candy in their giant shopping bag? Why, back in my day (adjusts support hose) we'd get a single Bit O'Honey from a house and like it. (For the record, I just wore my normal clothes and went as a Party Pooper.)
posted by peagood at 8:43 PM on November 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


(As a total celeb bragging, now that I'm back canvassing for EQCA, I signed up Robin Wright Penn without realizing who she was — we just did first names — and then everyone got excited back at the office when my boss checked my forms. It's yet another celeb who's way shorter than I thought she'd be.)
posted by klangklangston at 11:47 PM on November 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


a kid or two dressed like Super Mario which NO ONE ELSE KNEW the reference for. Horrifying me.

On a brighter note, my entire halloween weekend was ruined by the lovely art of moving, but I did finally make it out (in costume - nasty hobo) to the local hip hop karaoke night. The very first singers did Nas' Halftime, possibly my all-time fav hip hop track, and it was two guys dressed as Mario & Luigi. The crowd went INSANE when they saw the costumes. I knew I was in for a good night when that kicked it off!
posted by mannequito at 12:25 AM on November 2, 2011


"Right, can I borrow your pen then?"
"As you wish."
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:21 AM on November 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Mrs. Schyler523 and I went as the Log Lady and Dr. Jacoby from Twin Peaks respectively.
posted by schyler523 at 6:56 PM on November 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was boring and didn't dress as anything but I want to tell as many people as possible about the adorable bomb which came to my door. I'll quote myself from another thread:

This tiny little kid came up to my door a couple hours ago and gave the lightest knock imaginable, so I said "hellooooooooo?" through the open peephole in my spookiest voice and he goes, "It's me!" I nearly gave him all my candy.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 7:03 PM on November 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


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