Sharknado Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween, everyone! As usual, I went all out on my costume. This year I went as the Internet sensation, Sharknado. This summer it took Twitter by storm (oh, you punny, huh?), and now it will go down as one of my favorite homemade costumes.

Man dressed as a Sharknado poses at Halloween party.

I used a combination of batting and tulle to create a twister that wrapped around my body. I meant to take photos along the way, but got so wrapped up (so many puns!) in making it that I totally forgot. After affixing the materials to my clothes with safety pins (who has time to sew all that?), I pinned on a dozen little sharks. To top it off (here I go again), I found a great shark hat. The whole thing turned out wonderfully. The final touch was a slightly larger stuffed shark I carried around and occasionally threw at people. I mean, I am a Sharknado, so sharks are bound to be flying around in my vicinity.

One of the funniest moments of the party I attended, was when I saw this little guy. Seriously, we didn’t plan it, but our costumes totally made the perfect pair.

Man dressed as Sharknado holding a small child dressed as a shark.

And just for fun, here’s another picture, this time with skeleton Abby.
Woman dressed as skeleton poses with man dressed as a Sharknado at a Halloween party.

What do you think? What are you dressing up as this year?


Halloween Costumes

Growing up, my mother crafted some of the finest Halloween costumes I’ve ever seen. Even today I’m incredibly impressed every time I look at old pictures. She definitely spoiled me. I never had a store-bought costume. Whether it be an astronaut, police officer or iPod, my mom would lovingly build a stellar costume for me each year.

It was only natural that once I was on my own, I just couldn’t be satisfied with a store-bought costume. Over my college and post-college days I’ve fashioned my Halloween costume myself. I just can’t bring myself to buy a ready-made costume. Over the years I’ve managed to pull together some cool ones like Indiana Jones, a hobo, Steve Jobs and one of my all-time favorites, Quailman.

This year Abby and I decided it was time we do a couple costume. We’d toyed with the idea before but it never came together. This year we finally committed to it and are in the process of creating our own cave-people costumes. I’m very excited (and a little scared) to see how they turn out. I’ll be posting pictures of the final outcome when they are finished. Until then, enjoy these photos of my former costumes…

Christopher as Steve Jobs for Halloween 2011.

I had wanted to be Steve Jobs for many, many years. It should have been easy but finding a black turtle neck is harder than you’d think. I finally tracked one down and saved it for months waiting for Halloween. Funny enough, my first iPhone arrive a week before Halloween.

Christopher as Quailman and Abby as Daria for Halloween 2010.

In 2010, Abby and I both came up with 90s cartoon costumes. I was Quailman (aka Doug Funny’s alter ego) and she was Daria.

Christopher as a hobo and Abby as the Jolly Green Girl for Halloween 2009..

Abby is a Jolly Green Girl (play on the giant of course) and I’m a drunken hobo. I had a blast staying in character all night.

Christopher as Indiana Jones for Halloween 2006.

Indiana Jones, complete with whip. This was also a really fun one.

Christopher as an iPod for Halloween 2003.

This classic is from all the way back in high school. I had recently gotten my first iPod (a 3rd generation) and my mom helped me craft a really cool costume.

That’s all I have for now, someday I’ll have to scan all of my childhood costumes. They were really great. Thanks, Mom!