Ever since I was a little boy (you just read that in Morgan Freeman’s voice, didn’t you?), Halloween has been a favorite holidays.  For quite a few years, though, I got out of the habit of noticing it, an adult blindspot that was brought to a screaming halt by my daughter suddenly wanting to be a princess, superhero, or Captain Marvelous.  (One year, she insisted on being a steampunk fairy princess, with winged goggles that we still have floating about the house somewhere.)  Last year, my wife put on a striped shirt, beret and Paul Stanley’s makeup to become ‘The French Kiss”, while I went Tom Cavanaugh, if he wore a goatee and were much heavier.  I still remember the joy of a good Halloween costume, though, like when Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) put on a costume of Mal Duncan (played by Nathan Fillion,) only to have his daughter ask him “Didn’t you wear that thing like, five years ago?”, leading us to today’s greasepaint-and-pointy-ears query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) offers one shiny nickel to anyone who identifies the costume idea embodied in today’s header image, asking: What awesome Halloween costume idea would you most like to have tried?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. We don’t have Halloween like yours, with costumes, pumpkins etc. but if we did, well made Darth Vader costume would have been the best thing ever when I was a kid, which was in the 80’s.

  2. Except for really extravagant ideas (such as extremely complicated costumes or costumes with special mechanics like a fully functional Skeksis or Hutt or something), there isn’t a lot that I regret. If I want to be something, I find a way to do it (even if it is the cheap option involving cardboard, construction paper and other “found around the house” items).

    But there is one idea that I still plan to do some time in the future for a Halloween party or con, but haven’t figured out the logistics of it yet: A Mothra inspired Tokusatsu hero (like a Super Sentai ranger/Power Ranger or Kamen Rider).

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