As we recover from our collective hangover (due to sugar and/or alcohol, depending on your poison), it’s time to recap Halloween 2011 in Missed Connections. Following the precedent set by last year’s “Hallowards,” I’m bestowing prizes (no cash value) to the best Halloween Missed Connections.
Award for Offensive, Yet Non-Original Costume
Last year, there was a post for an Osama Bin Laden-wearing fellow – and this year for an entire Al-Qaeda group. I suppose it could’ve been worse, though – one of them could have gone as a zombie Bin Laden.
Best Graphic Novel-Inspired Costume
I initially thought this was referring to someone going as an actual Rorschach test, but paired with the quote, I realized the fellow was Rorschach from Watchmen. Nicely done.
Most Popular Children’s Book Character
I’m basing “Most Popular” on not only these two Waldo costumes, but a) the couple I saw dressed as Waldo’s en route to a party, and b) the somewhat more novel couple going as “Odlaw” – an evil character in Where’s Waldo.
From my perspective, it seemed like a big year for children’s book characters – on Friday night, I also saw someone dressed as Lowly Worm (from The Busy World of Richard Scarry – best!!), as well as Mr. Tumnus from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
Best Obscure Costume
The problem with clever cult costumes is that few, if any, people are able to guess who you’re supposed to be. One of my dream costumes is going as a character living in The Village from The Prisoner, but I suspect I’d get a lot of blank stares. Dressing as Doctor Who offers at least the advantage of a long-running show (and thus perhaps a bit more chance of recognition) – but I can totally identify with the guy wanting to find a nerd who gets his costume. Sigh.
Most Obvious Line
A hearty congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Happy Halloween!