So this year for Halloween, I was inspired by just about everyone I know suggesting, "You know Ben, with your hair as it is these days (all long and curly), you're beginning to look a helluvalot like Jesus."
You don't say...
Since the concept was entirely (and by "entirely", I mean - mostly) generated by others, I didn't feel bad when I decided that "JESUS" would make a terrific Halloween costume! Sure, it could be potentially provocative and controversial... But with all the bowels of Hell opening up for the date with witches and demons and zombies wandering the streets - what could be a better contrast? And considering he is such a good role model and all I didn't think it would be too offensive.
Well, it wasn't too offensive.
Or maybe it was.
Regardless, it was a huge hit as a costume.
The funny thing was that when I went to see what kind of Jesus-type costume the Halloween store would have, they actually had a Jesus costume. The only trouble was that the Jesus costume was $50! There was no way in HELL that I was going to pay that much for a Halloween costume.
The reason why it was so much was because it came with an elaborate long, curly hair wig - an item I clearly did not need. So I bought the One size fits most (by "most", meaning not me, but it is remarkable what a couple of safety pins can accomplish) Monk costume and fashioned it with hand-made Jesus accessories like a sacred heart, holy sash, and a Late Gothic very Giotto-esque gilded mosaic halo.
On Friday night, Vicki and I went to Siloween at the Blue Star Art Silos. It was a bit of a disappointment as far as the event was concerned - bizarre musical performances, not nearly as many people as I was expecting, alot of my friends didn't show up - but like I said, Jesus was popular.
Most of the pictures from Friday were taken by others, since it was quickly deemed "far too much hassle" to get out my camera from underneath my robe.
Here I am with Vicki - enjoying a beer...
And Alison, who arrived with Brian on their bikes.
EVERYONE wanted a picture with their favorite savior!
Here I am pictured with a couple of demon-like creatures.
Later on, we went to a rock show at The Wiggle Room - there I ran into my friend Dave, who asked if I could save him. I don't know if it worked though, since I left my beard in the car.
On Saturday, I went to a Halloween party hosted by the boyfriend of a co-worker Kristen.
Betsy, Clay, and Kristen - the girls were the double mint twins, and I can't think of who Clay was supposed to be. He's quite a character even without a costume.
Marc got the "Obscure Costume Award" - as the kid from Flight of the Navigator. Remember that movie from the '80's?
Cameron and her friend from out of town were a duo of Skydiver Casualties.
Ahhhhhhh! Not at the Halloween Party. Not necessarily in costume. But damn - OH SO Frightening!
Nick and his girlfriend Melissa were just "in-drag." Nick, or Nicole rather, actually wore this costume at work Monday, though reluctantly. He didn't win the costume contest which is unfortunate considering he had the balls to wear a dress all day.
Heather was Mia Wallace from "Pulp Fiction", and Jonathan was some tennis player from the early '80's.
At work on Monday, more than half the office was in costume. It was a rather fun workday, pleasantly distracted by the likes of these folks:
The three winners of the costume contest were Denise who was a "Bonus Check" - a blatant suggestion there by all who voted. The Double Mint Twins also won. And Roy too, as the Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George.
Jesus might not have won the costume contest, but I sure did have a great time stepping into the shoes of a savior for Halloween weekend.