Fall is in the air and I've already had several people ask me about our Halloween plans this year. Yes, of course I already have a plan. And this year, it's out of this world. We're all going to be aliens.
I thought about being all mysterious and not giving up the details, but playing the tease was never really the way I rolled. I tend to be all in, or it at least laying out the playing rules before we get started. I like people to know where they stand, to have realistic expectations.
Trouble has been pretty seriously into Ben Ten. For those of you who are not the parents of seven-year-old boys, Ben Ten has a special watch, an Omnitrix, that allows him to change into different alien forms. It's a pretty cool cartoon, at least as cartoons go, in my opinion. I can sort of stand Ben Ten and also Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry, if you get my drift. So not surprisingly, Trouble expressed an interest in being an alien this year, a Ben Ten alien specfically. And then I happened upon the most adorable Stitch costume in a second-hand shop. And hence my inspiration - we would all be aliens for Halloween. LT will be Stitch. Trouble will be Heat Blast, the only Ben Ten alien costume they seem to make. Then I started pondering alien costumes for Blackstone and myself. Blackstone took me no time at all. Cross my husband with an alien and what do you get? Why, Mork from Ork of course. What else? And so I've assembled a Mork costume for him. It involved lots of red, a wig and silver spray paint.
But then, what should I be? I considered Mork's counterpart, Mindy, but she didn't seem much fun. I considered Mystique from X-Men, that would be a totally cool costume, but not exactly easy to replicate, and she's not actually an alien but a mutant. Honestly, I was totally perplexed about a do-able woman's alien costume. I was planning some generic female alien with blue hair, was thinking maybe some antenna, until I let the women in my book club in on my Halloween costume concept. They hesitated not a moment before stating that I should of course be a Cone Head. What a novel idea! Truly. So just yesterday I purchased myself a Cone Head.
And there you have it - Heat Blast, Stitch, Mork and a Cone Head. Yeah, that seems about right.