Spacegrrl's Halloween party was great fun. As always! Last year I did an elaborate costume (firefly) that didn't quite come off. This year I put much less effort into the costume, and if I do say so myself it turned out great. I went as Zombie Grandma. The idea came from this horrible pair of denim culottes which I somehow acquired a couple of years ago. With an elastic waist and a rise so high the waistband was almost to my armpits, they make me look thirty pounds heavier, dowdy, and thirty years older.
I wanted a T-shirt that said either "Snow Bird" or "World's Best Grandmother" but Wal-mart bizarrely didn't have anything like it. All their printed T-shirts are for juniors. So we found an ugly floral print shirt in the clearance section, only $4! The other accessories I couldn't find were a fanny pack and a sun visor. I was going to write "Ask Me About My Grandchildren -- I Ate Them" on the visor. Since I didn't have the visor, I just put in my curlers.
A couple of accessories to finish the costune: first, support hose, rolled down to the knees of course, with ankle socks and sneakers. Then I got a little plastic wallet insert thing, cut pictures of toddlers out of the LL Bean catalog, and told everyone the pictures were my grandchildren before I ate their brains.
Georg helped me with the zombie makeup. It seems like the trick is to use lots of different colors and mottle them. If you apply large areas of flat color, it just looks like clown makeup. I had the idea to drip the fake blood out of my eyes, nose and ears, which worked pretty well I think. The grossest part was when I first did it, the drip from my nose ran into my mouth and turned my teeth and gums all red. Good thing that fake blood is non-toxic! It washed away pretty quickly but you can sort of see it in the photo. If I had been able to keep my mouth open until it dried and stained my gums, that would have looked cool. The fake blood does stain pretty well: the drips on my face were hard to wash off this morning and I can still faintly see a couple of streaks. It kind of looks like I scratched my face.
Today I did an all-Halloween theme for my show. I had intended to just do a couple of sets, but I was having so much fun with it I had to keep going. Halloween really is the best holiday of the year. They're having a costume contest at Dain's trivia this week, and I think Zombie Grandma will have to make an appearance.