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Halloween Roundup

October 29th, 2007 · 6 Comments


Apart from being enormous fun on their own, Halloween parties always provide a little snapshot of the Zeitgeist by way of the costumes chosen. A few themes jumped out at me from this weekend’s shindig.

Superheroes and comics characters are always popular, but I did notice that this year they were almost all Marvel characters: The Punisher, Doctor Doom, Captain America (complete with bullet-wound from recent assassination) and an awesome, awesome Galactus. (Bonus: Doom v. Galactus! Now sort of sorry we didn’t stage some kind of pan-Marvel brawl scene…)

As I predicted in a previous post, there were also a number of “Matryoshka Costumes“: a Vampire Tooth Fairy, George Washington as Sexy Kitten (pictured with Our Savior General Petraeus), and a Slutty-Zombie–Annie Hall.

Viral internet memes were also well represented, among them: more than one LOLcat, Werewolf Barmitzvah, and Dick in a Box (though perhaps not the “Dick” you were expecting).

I suppose my costume (the current Doctor Who) technically falls under the “Marvel comics characters” rubric, as the Time Lord has indeed had his own Marvel series, but I note that only my fetching companion had the Zeitgeist trifecta with her Black Cat–as-LOLcat costume.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Edward O'Connor // Oct 29, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Awesome. I’m also the tenth Doctor this Halloween; ran into a ninth Doctor at a party this weekend: http://madbard.livejournal.com/908348.html

  • 2 digamma // Oct 29, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I found that when I take the wig off my Snape costume and drop my wand, I turn into Neo.

  • 3 Trevor // Oct 29, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    After last year’s slut-o-ween trend reached its apotheosis in my roommate’s slutty ghost costume (a sheet over the head with eyeholes, trimmed to mid-thigh), a new trend was bound to emerge.

  • 4 Sangfroid826 // Oct 29, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    John Cain wins the Zeitgeist contest.

  • 5 John Cain // Oct 31, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    No way, Sangfroid. That goes to either the many takes on Gen. Petraeus or LOLcats.

  • 6 Wilson // Oct 31, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    As usual the halloween costumes at your party are ridiculously amazing.

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