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If you could dress up as anybody/thing for Halloween, what would it be? {more inside}
posted by clavdivs to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:01 AM (78 comments total)

I also would like to propose a Michigan MeFi gathering.

I'd dress as either Patton or myself.
posted by clavdivs at 7:05 AM on October 31, 2002


I'm dressing as a Metafilter fuckwit. Apparently, they look just like everybody else.

Alas, I am nowhere near Michigan.
posted by UnReality at 7:12 AM on October 31, 2002


World peace.

Oh wait, that's what I'd want for Christmas if I could have anything I wanted. Well then, Cthulu I suppose.
posted by yhbc at 7:15 AM on October 31, 2002


Celine Dion, definitely.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:40 AM on October 31, 2002


I'm gonna wear a giant fake nose and backwards suit. Oh, wait, Miguel beat me to it.
posted by Fabulon7 at 7:47 AM on October 31, 2002


A Wurlitzer, complete with bubble lights and vintage 45s.

(In re:Mich gathering: are we talking UP or the mitten? Cuz I don't go North after October.)
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:58 AM on October 31, 2002


Celine Dion

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
posted by Shane at 7:59 AM on October 31, 2002


Pancakes.
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:23 AM on October 31, 2002


#2 down the page for me.
posted by rushmc at 8:35 AM on October 31, 2002


That's it! Celine, Martha, don the bikinis and get in the kiddie pool filled with jello!

Think of anything scarier than that, and you win something that will actually turn out to be nothing, but it will leave you satisfied for at least 48 seconds.

And I'm going as a hopping bunny with a bottle of Jagermeister on its head.
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:50 AM on October 31, 2002


This year, I'm gon' be a Darth Vader Farmer.

(A'int nobody take me serious with this bacon grease in mah hair, my one suspender, an' mah skillet hat.)
posted by Danelope at 8:53 AM on October 31, 2002


A pastel-suited jackal.
posted by konolia at 8:56 AM on October 31, 2002


Heh, Actually I am going as Papa Smurf. I bought enough body paint to paint my body blue. The question is, how long will it take to put it all on.
posted by thebwit at 8:57 AM on October 31, 2002


I'll be in the Detroit area over Thanksgiving. Not that I post much here or anything, so none of you know me from Adam.

[downer]
No Halloween costume for me. My mom died on Halloween, so I'm really not into celebrating it. And it used to be my favorite holiday, dammit.
[/downer]
posted by eilatan at 9:23 AM on October 31, 2002


The question is, how long will it take to scrub it all off
posted by matteo at 9:23 AM on October 31, 2002


pirate for me.

i ran out of time, really, but oddly enough, the clothes already in my closet are pretty perfect for a pirate. i've been practicing my "YAAAARRRSS" all day, and i'm going to get up a list of bad pirate jokes to antagonize people with.

also: i'll be able to drink rum on the street, since it's part of my costume.

but what i really wanted to go as was voltron.

next year.
posted by fishfucker at 9:42 AM on October 31, 2002


Matt's Pony.
posted by bunktone at 9:44 AM on October 31, 2002


thebwit- do you live near New York City? You can save a lot of time if you come to Times Square and jump one of the goddamn Microsoft people in the big blue full-body butterfly costumes. Just rip off the wings and all you'll need to paint is your face. You'll probably be a lot warmer, too, and you'll recieve a standing ovation from well over a few thousand people.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:49 AM on October 31, 2002


I'd dress as evanizer.

Or maybe jonmc.

And then I'd walk down the street from my office and help XQUZYPHYR kick the butt of a giant butterfly.
posted by rich at 10:05 AM on October 31, 2002


"I bought enough body paint to paint my body blue. The question is, how long will it take to put it all on."

You could ask this guy. (Not safe for anyone, anywhere)
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:10 AM on October 31, 2002


what i saying is thomcatspike going as hallowweenn am i ..\\\!!////...
posted by interrobang at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2002


It's league bowling night so I will be the fuckwit with a blue bowling ball, yes it has yellow writing on it too.

great thread, I hoped someone would do this

My company is having a costume contest with four prizes being handed out. Each winner gets a $100 gift certificate. Any other companies doing anything?
posted by thomcatspike at 10:25 AM on October 31, 2002


what i saying is thomcatspike going as hallowweenn am i ..\\\!!////...

Wow, I'm a costume a big one at that.

So let me picture this, Mr_Crash_Davis painted blue with Interrobang panted yellow doing sign language. Then Matt with a delete button chasing the two of you.


posted by thomcatspike at 10:38 AM on October 31, 2002


I'm going to wear a business suit. Ain't nothin' scarier than a software engineer in a business suit.
posted by youhas at 10:56 AM on October 31, 2002


This year I'd go as something creepy, if I was going out. Maybe I'd go as No-Face from Spirited Away.

Last year I did silly. I went as a prehistoric muppet hunter.
posted by picea at 10:57 AM on October 31, 2002


I am at work, dressed as the Technology Wizard. I have a long black gown with wizardly long, slashed sleeves, a Harry Potter style wizard's hat (no brim) with stars and moons on it,
ghost earrings that flash red, a purple ring that flashes red and green and my magic wand. I have already fixed 5 computers by waving my wand over them! By the way, under my gown I am wearing cargo pants, my Librarian Avenger t-shirt and orange American Eagle sneakers, to point out that technology wizards are geeks underneath it all.
posted by Lynsey at 11:23 AM on October 31, 2002


mr_crash_davis wins. Dude, you are one daring fellow. (Yeah, yeah, don't try to pretend like you just happened to "find" that pic on the net...)
posted by rushmc at 11:47 AM on October 31, 2002


I went as a prehistoric muppet hunter.

I love the trophy necklace.
posted by rushmc at 11:48 AM on October 31, 2002


I once considered taping styrofoam all over my body and going out as the corpse of Leslie Mahaffy. But then good taste (read: my then-girlfriend, now-wife) stepped in.
posted by Polo Mr. Polo at 11:48 AM on October 31, 2002


I suggested to the rest of the automation team that we dress our usual geeky way, plus an eyepatch, and come to work as software pirates. Nobody thought it was funny.
posted by frykitty at 11:49 AM on October 31, 2002


I always think of shaving my goatee and going as my good twin. But I never do it.
posted by LionIndex at 12:05 PM on October 31, 2002


I usually just take the costume off for Halloween.
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 12:14 PM on October 31, 2002


It's league bowling night so I will be the fuckwit with a blue bowling ball, yes it has yellow writing on it too.

it's archery league night. i'll be there with my blue bow with yellow writing.
posted by goddam at 12:16 PM on October 31, 2002


Jenny Mactagarty, Girl Pirate. Obviously.
posted by signal at 12:27 PM on October 31, 2002


Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

"WHOLD ON WADY WE GOING FOR A WIDE!!!"

"HE NO NUTS, HE KARAAAZZAY!!!"

"HAY WADY, YOU CALL HIM DOCKTAH JONES!!!"

Also includes backup plan to pretend as kid from the Goonies if costume fails.
posted by Stan Chin at 12:34 PM on October 31, 2002


where's the michigan meetup? um, friday evening i'll be here, lat/long coordinates available on request.
posted by quonsar at 12:41 PM on October 31, 2002


Zombie Robin Hood.
posted by holloway at 12:45 PM on October 31, 2002


The easter bunny.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:59 PM on October 31, 2002


A dandelion - pik out the (whiteboy) fro and wear green tights.
posted by gottabefunky at 1:16 PM on October 31, 2002


Off-topic, but my job has been moved to a different department--the Sourcing department--and all day I've been fighting the urge to tell my new boss, "I, for one, welcome my new Sourcing Overlords." He wouldn't get it.
posted by Shane at 1:16 PM on October 31, 2002


Or maybe Carrot Top, dragging around a pay phone and screeching, though I think that might lead to beatings...
posted by gottabefunky at 1:17 PM on October 31, 2002


I'm getting myself a dodgy accent, a proper education and a foot long cigar. Hopefully, this will precipitate a fundemental transposition in the universe, and I can assume the identity denied to me all these long years: look out Miguel!!
posted by dash_slot- at 1:46 PM on October 31, 2002


I bought enough body paint to paint my body blue. The question is, how long will it take to put it all on.

i have some first-hand hard scientific data for your question. i went as smurfette to a party this weekend and only painted my head and arms, which took well over an hour and used the entire container of makeup, which the sales girl said would "do 20 faces" . . . but i wanted to be really really blue. the fun part was putting the makeup on and being so blue. you'll get a whole new perspective on the color of your lips and teeth. taking it off at 3am after drinking was quite a challenge.

. . . oh where were you when i needed you, papa smurf! everyone kept asking me where you were all night long. my date, who dressed as a garden gnome, was a hit but not quite the papa to my smurf . . .
posted by nyoki at 1:55 PM on October 31, 2002


my date, who dressed as a garden gnome, was a hit but not quite the papa to my smurf . . .

why does that sound terribly dirty?
posted by tj at 2:25 PM on October 31, 2002


it's archery league night. i'll be there with my blue bow with yellow writing.

goddam sorry for cursing I bet mine is bigger, the writing.....
posted by thomcatspike at 2:34 PM on October 31, 2002


there is a party this evening with the theme "come as your favorite artist or work of art" . . . and i'm going as bob ross.
posted by nyoki at 2:44 PM on October 31, 2002


I'd break out the "fucking disgusted" joke, but it's late.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:47 PM on October 31, 2002


Are you going to bring a "happy little squirrel" with you, nyoki? You could hide it in your afro. I seem to recall him imagining them in his trees all the time... of course he never actually painted a squirrel to my knowledge, or anything other motile, living thing.
posted by picea at 3:00 PM on October 31, 2002


I'm going to be everyone's favorite boozy Portuguese uncle in a smoking jacket.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:03 PM on October 31, 2002


This year, a Lego MiniFig.
posted by jazon at 3:19 PM on October 31, 2002


eyeball - that's two votes! aaargh - jinx!!!
posted by dash_slot- at 3:23 PM on October 31, 2002


a Catholic Priest.

(won't scare the kiddies, but its the parents I'm after anyways.)
posted by blogRot at 3:37 PM on October 31, 2002


I'm dressing up as the Goatse.cx Guy.
posted by waxpancake at 3:48 PM on October 31, 2002


I'm getting myself a dodgy accent, a proper education and a foot long cigar.

dash_slot-, I have a perfect Sussex, public school accent, with not a trace of the demotic or the foreign. I wish I didn't, as it's notoriously unsexy, but there you are, I try to make up for it in other ways. When I've talked to MeFi fellow members on the phone, I can always spot the disappointment in their voices as they'd clearly looked forward to am hilarious Manuel-from-Fawlty-Towers accent. I imagine you have an accent like Inspector Morse, don't you? :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:21 PM on October 31, 2002


I'm going to be everyone's favorite boozy Portuguese uncle in a smoking jacket.

You can have him anytime, EBK, my nephew - just say the word and I'm yours. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:26 PM on October 31, 2002


Back on topic, congratulations to our overlord clavdivs for crowbarring a "How will you guys dress up for Halloween?" question into the calm, unchallenged "Metafilter gatherings" category! Ah, doesn't it bring back memories of that other classic of his, in the contentious Metafilter-related category? :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:33 PM on October 31, 2002


But of course! Gravelly, whiskey-and-bitter enhanced vowels flow from my stiffened lips hahaha
I was just teasing, dear boy, just teasing (",) I have seen you refer to your education before - hence the above...and I was born & raised in the shadow of the Mini car factory, so you can only imagine how I really sound!
posted by dash_slot- at 4:36 PM on October 31, 2002


I hardly saw any costumes on the street today, and most were pretty half-assed. I started at a new office so I couldn't risk it, but come on, not everyone was starting at a new office! "Funcouver" (stupid promotion to make Vancouver more fun) my aunt fanny.

My favourite is my beauty queen outfit. Shocking, shocking bright lime green silk dress with matching 3/4 length jacket. Both from the 60s. I wear it with a sash and tiara, bright blue eyeshadow. It's the only time I wear my hair up.
posted by Salmonberry at 4:43 PM on October 31, 2002


I have heard Miguel's voice. It is true. I was very disappointed, hoping to ask him to pronounce the phrase "Fine Corinthian Leather" for me and realizing that it just wouldn't work.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:48 PM on October 31, 2002


thanks migs. Last night, I did the neighborhood watch thing til 3:00 am. managed to foil an 'egging and T.P.' raid. caught a couple rolling a big fat one and scared the hell out of two rabbits. Happy halloween to all.

i propose Ann Arbor within in a few months or so. I hope to co-ordinate with Dean_Paxton on this (even though he doesn't know it and is trick er treating with his clan now) ((I took the two clavs and three of the neighbor hood kids, I'm exhausted))

{clavdivs refuse title of Imperium, Caesar will do}

"I imagine you have an accent like Inspector Morse"
ms. clavs favorite show BTY. I like the newest Sherlock Holmes fellow myself, the best IMO.
posted by clavdivs at 5:08 PM on October 31, 2002


I'm going as George C. Marshall or clavdivs.
posted by y2karl at 5:24 PM on October 31, 2002


I'm imagining how useful a MetaFilter soundboard would be, along the lines of the Homer Simpson or Howard Stern ones, where you could listen to posters' voices saying well-known MetaFilter phrases.

Or even better, something like an international version of that wonderful Zip Code map, but with samples of the local members. I'll bet it covers the range of American, British and Australian accents, at the very least- Imagine clicking Ann Arbor and listening to clavdivs say "Let me get this straight. This broomstick, it vibrates?"

Hmmm... I wonder who has the Southernest or most exotic accent here? Gotta be ColdChef, right?
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:31 PM on October 31, 2002


No chance. I wanna hear ceiriog. Reading the Cardiff phone book, whatever.
posted by gleuschk at 5:46 PM on October 31, 2002


I heart Karl.

well Miguel, if we have the meet-up, we hope for a phone call.
posted by clavdivs at 6:07 PM on October 31, 2002


I second that, I wish ceiriog had an audio blog.
posted by riffola at 6:25 PM on October 31, 2002


I'll be in the Detroit area over Thanksgiving. Not that I post much here or anything, so none of you know me from Adam.

Hey, we look nothing alike.

If you make the gathering at a Red Wings game, I'll go back home for that.
posted by adampsyche at 6:28 PM on October 31, 2002


I'd dress as evanizer.

Or maybe jonmc.


You better start stocking up on flannel and obscure band t-shirts, dude.

This year I'm just gonna put a condom over my head and go as a well-dressed prick.
posted by jonmc at 6:54 PM on October 31, 2002


I'll be in the Detroit area over Thanksgiving. Not that I post much here or anything, so none of you know me from Adam.

Hey, we look nothing alike.


But do they know that?
posted by eilatan at 7:16 PM on October 31, 2002


Usually, I just stick a raisin in my navel and go a cookie. But a few years ago I dressed as a Pictish king (several species of small furry animals not included) and painted myself blue. I used a sort of thick body paint and it took about an hour. Mmmm. It was almost more fun than the party. This year, Halloween being on a weeknight, I just went for a few beers dressed as a very, very dull person.
posted by octobersurprise at 7:20 PM on October 31, 2002


Better not dress as yourself, then jonmc :-)
posted by dg at 7:24 PM on October 31, 2002


jonmcjimmyhat
posted by y2karl at 7:46 PM on October 31, 2002


cancer.
posted by angry modem at 8:36 PM on October 31, 2002


clavdivs is fun!
posted by Shane at 8:50 PM on October 31, 2002


This year I dressed as Anya in her Bunny suit from the Buffy episode "Fear, Itself." Of course, pretty much no one got it. So for them I was the Easter Bunny who was screaming "I'm a Vengeance Demon" in Georgetown.

Esotericish costumes rock.
posted by tittergrrl at 9:10 PM on October 31, 2002


They may not have understood it, tittergirl, but I bet they at least knew it was a costume. A couple years ago I went as Daria. People kept saying, "Why aren't you dressed up?"
Bastards.

(I'm not really a bitter person. I just play one on TV.)
posted by hippugeek at 10:26 PM on October 31, 2002


tittergrrl: Oz's costume might work a bit better when you're not surrounded by Buffy fanatics. Low maintenance too. Just watch out for the random lightning strikes.

Daria. I like that.
posted by Galvatron at 11:37 PM on October 31, 2002


Since the company party's today (and y'all are talking Buffy outfits anyway), I'm going as Cordelia ascending up to be a higher being.

But I've always wanted to dress as a Wicker Man. grab a couple of laundry hampers, some of that instant fence wicker stuff, and a couple of toy animals, and boom -- you'll be spending the rest of the night stopping drunks from trying to light you up.
posted by Katemonkey at 1:21 AM on November 1, 2002


One year, my (now ex) wife wanted to go to a Halloween party and I *really* didn't want to go. I finally agreed to go on one condition:

We dress up as OJ and Nicole.

Surprisingly...she agreed to that and we went, fake blood and all.
posted by jaded at 6:39 PM on November 1, 2002


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