October 14, 2009

It's a Halloween mystery!

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow have a costume parade every year, and this year I want to take part in it with Darren. So I'm working on a costume for us. Rather than tell you what it is right now, I'm taking a page from cockeyed.com, and will be posting some pictures of various phases of construction, letting the suspense build.

Darren's not up for walking the whole thing, and I'm not up for carrying him, so the costume is going to involve his buggy car.

Vroom! Vroom!

Here's the progress after the first night. It's really starting to come together. It's going to be the best box-with-a-handle costume ever.

Night 2:

Feel free to make guesses in the comments. For those of you I've told, please don't give anything away!

Update 10/18

I needed a white wig for my costume, so I went to a Halloween store. I was disappointed that I couldn't find one. This is the closest one I could find:

It'll do, but I'll have to do some cutting, and spray paint it white. I'm a bit worried about how that's going to come out.

Update 10/20

The wig isn't perfect, but it should do the trick. Here's how it looked out of the box. I liked it so much I almost scrapped the whole project and just went as Mother Bates.

I liked it even more when I undid the bun and saw that the braid had an awesome rat-tail.

And best of all was after I took out the braid entirely. I may start growing my hair out.

I feel kinda bad that I'm going to have to cut this wig down quite a bit and paint it.

Enough about hair, let's talk cardboard. I needed a few more components for my vehicle. I cut these triangle shapes for the back.

Here they are mounted on the back, along with a paper-towel tube.

I have a feeling you may know what this is by now. The shape of the body isn't quite right (it's a bit "boxy", no pun intended), but I'm hoping with a good paint job no one will really notice.

Update 10/21

Well, the commenters are on to me: Darren and I are dressing as Marty McFly and Doc Brown from Back To the Future, and I'm turning his buggy into a Delorean. The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? And cardboard.

Update 10/23

I set up the camera to take an awesome time-lapse video of the painting phase, but my $75 eBay-special camera didn't really record anything, so you'll have to wait for the unveiling.

Update 10/25

Parade day! Unfortunately, I found out that the parade I was hoping to take part in is actually not open to the public. Tarrytown apparently has two parades, and the open one was last week. But no matter, everyone gets dressed up to see the second one, so the plan was still on.

Here we are at the house, before we made like a tree and got out of there:

My costume:

  • White painter's coveralls (radiation symbol added with spraypaint)
  • Wig mentioned earlier
  • Swimming goggles
  • Tool belt
  • Paint-stripping gloves

Darren's costume:

  • Red vest off eBay
  • Blue shirt
  • Jeans
  • Pacifier (optional)
  • Kickass homemade Delorean

Here's a good shot of the back of the Delorean, complete with Mr Fusion. Yup, this sucker is nuclear.

I found the license plate online and printed it out, and photoshopped up a few tail lights.

The flux capacitor! (Thanks to Scott for the glowsticks)

And two of Tarrytown's best dressed time-travellers:

The parade was a lot of fun. Quite a few people pointed out our costume as we walked around, which was great, and two people took our picture. It was funny to realize that kids had no idea what this costume was, but their parents totally got it.

Time to start on next year's costume!

Update 11/1/2009

I won $100 with my costume in my company's costume contest! The whole things only cost about $40, so I'm up $60. Sweet!

Posted by Kevin at October 14, 2009 08:36 PM

Oh man, is he going to be Luke Skywalker in his crusier??

Posted by: Bill at October 15, 2009 07:00 PM

I cannot wait to see the final product!! Will this be ready for when we're there?

Posted by: Katie at October 18, 2009 08:34 AM

Bill: Good guess. You'll have to wait and see

Katie: I hope so. It needs to be done by Saturday. You may get to see me do the final pieces of it.

Posted by: Kevin at October 19, 2009 02:44 PM

Doc Brown, Marty McFly and a DeLorean?

Posted by: Brian Kelly at October 20, 2009 12:36 PM

You look like a much nicer grandmother than the other lady.

Posted by: Jim at October 20, 2009 01:41 PM

It is a DeLorean!! And I guess that Darren will be Marty McFly and based on the wig, I'm guessing Kevin is going to be Old Man Peabody... had some crazy ideas about breeding pine trees.

Posted by: Bill at October 21, 2009 09:35 AM

You forgot to give your wife props for coming up with the idea...and then refusing to dress up with you. Hey, someone had to take the pictures!

Posted by: Amy at October 26, 2009 07:45 PM
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