Sunday, October 26, 2008

Costume One: The Joker

I always have the hardest time deciding what to be for Halloween. Come September, I get these grand, overblown ideas that I know, deep down, will never happen. Things like a man with a creature crawling out of his chest, a giant robot, something that flies, etc.

So on the day of a party I'm supposed to dress up for, I end up throwing open a few boxes of Halloween supplies from years past and seeing what I can make. "Let's see here, if I take that skull head, and that indian wig, and the princess dress here, and put them all on... Oh No! Oh! I can't look at myself! ...that's just disturbing."

Luckily, last night I found the make-up kit before I found the other pieces of dismembered costumes from the past. And, after careful deliberation, I decided that the best costume option with a heavy reliance on make-up would be the Joker. (That almost sounds like an Oscar Category, doesn't it? "And now, for the award in best costume theatrics with heavy reliance on make-up, here are the nominees...)

Anyway, I threw open the internet and searched for pictures of Heath Ledger's Joker, in all his ghastly, ghoulish form. Ten minutes later I emerged from the bathroom looking like this:

It turned out really nice. :) I bought some wonderful (overpriced) hair colorant that worked wonders to give me that nice, green look. My favorite part of the whole process, though, was messing it all up - smearing it here and there, streaking the black down my face - to create that truly manic look. If I do it again, though, I'll probably use some liquid latex to get the scarred look. "Ya wanna know how I got these scars?" Also, I'll be looking for a green vest and purple, paisley shirt to complete the ensemble.


A happier picture:


  1. That is THE best costume ever! Love it!

  2. Way to throw a costume together! You did a very good job at putting the makeup on...have you had lots of practice with that?

    I haven't figured out what I'm going to dress up as for halloween. I was thinking of maybe using my Forest Service uniform and making my face up to look like I had been mauled by a bear. Although, I never really did get to see one this summer...I'm very disappointed about that.

  3. Your lips look like you got kissed by Joan Rivers. Mmmmmwah! Seriously though, very impressive. Methinks we'll need to go to D.I. sometime to get that vest and shirt combo for you.

  4. Man.. after that Joan Rivers comment, I get nauseous at the thought of putting that make-up on again for work on Friday. :)

  5. Very well done! I like your new banner, too. So, will I see you at work looking like this? Oh, haha, I just read your last comment. You seriously should! Please? I wonder if it will rub off on your phone/headset. I have no idea what to be, and I am impressed by your brilliance. And, I would totally love, love, love to have that be an Oscar category.