Archive for the ‘Halloween’ Category

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a soft spot for Halloween masks. I just think they’re cool. The good masks are works of art – ones that allow the wearer to be a kind of walking sculpture.

So I took notice when I was at a haunted attraction in Central Pennsylvania in October, and passed a stand that was selling some REALLY cool-looking masks.

Obviously, some real skill had gone into designing and making the masks. But it wasn’t just that they were well-made. The things were genuinely spooky-looking.

The guy who’d made them was at the next booth over, wearing an awesome costume that consisted of a gory pig mask, a bloody butcher’s apron and a cleaver clutched in his hand. People were paying to get their picture taken with him.

I guessed – correctly, as it turned out – that he must be a pretty interesting guy.

His name is Steve Steele, and he runs his business called Lot 27 FX in his spare time. I’ve wanted to profile the business for a while, and Steve graciously agreed to answer some questions for me.

I’ll post some photos. I wish I could post a picture of every one of his masks, because every one of them is SO freakin cool!  Do yourself a favor and check out his Facebook page here:

On with the Q&A:

Video from a couple of years back

Posted: November 6, 2011 in Halloween, Videos

This is from a 2009 Halloween party. And … ah hell. There’s no getting around it. It’s just adorable. (By the way, I can tear a phone book in half. No kidding.)

Office costume party

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Halloween

Well, my costume came in second place in the “Most Halloweenie” category at the office Halloween party. (And yes, it was spelled “Halloweenie” on the ballot. I choose not to read into that.) I didn’t mind coming in second because the first-place winners went as a bunch of zombies and looked REALLY freakin cool. It was a good time. Although I was disappointed that once again, nobody wanted to participate in my proposed entry for the “group costume” category: The Human Centipede.

Costume — Part 2

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Halloween, Videos

Apparently some people couldn’t quite make out what was going on with the costume from seeing it head-on. So here it is from a slightly different angle.

This year’s Halloween costume!

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Halloween, Videos

Here it is. Enjoy.

Halloween costume

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Halloween

I’m putting the finishing touches on my Halloween costume.

I tend to go nuts on my Halloween costumes. That may seem kind of dopey for a 45-year-old man. Don’t know if this is an excuse, exactly, but it’s not from some whimsical desire to playact or anything. It’s more the same instinct that leads men to walk around at parties, whipping out their smartphones to show people pictures of the deck they just completed that weekend.

Guys, being guys, like showing off what they can do. And that desire becomes doubly strong when you’re talking about building something

But let’s face it. You really don’t want to be cornered by one of those guys walking around with the pictures of his backyard deck on his smartphone. Because those explanations can go on for a long … freakin … time.

“See, I had trouble placing the steps because of a clump of rocks there. The way I got around it was I took some of the lumber left over from … Hey! Where are you going? Sudden attack of diarrhea? Funny, you’re the fifth person I’ve spoken to today that’s happened to. Must be something in the crab dip.”

My Halloween costumes tend to involve elaborate construction and engineering. And when I wear them out on the town, it’s the one time a year I get to indulge the testosterone-fueled lobe in the lower brain that prompts those legions of backyard-deck-builders to whip out their smartphones at parties. The one that does little but recite a perpetual internal monologue of “ME MAN! ME BUILD THINGS! LOOK AT WHAT ME BUILD!”

The problem? I went apeshit with it last year. Yeah, the costume looked impressive. But I didn’t figure on the inherent logistical problems of going out on the town wearing it. Stuff like getting in and out of doors. Or making my way to the men’s room through a crowded bar. (Not to mention USING the men’s room.) This year’s costume involves some construction and engineering, but not on this scale. I should be ready to unveil it soon. In the meantime, here’s last year’s.  LOOK AT WHAT ME BUILD! ME MAN! URRRGH!

Yet another scary costume

Posted: October 18, 2011 in Halloween, Random stuff

This is an addendum to my previous post about truly scary Halloween costumes. My friend Travis Pelt suggested “ex-wife with a toddler.” I, in turn, suggested making it “Ex short-lived-fling with a toddler. The one who wore black lipstick and sent you a poem after you broke up with her titled ‘A Vengeful Spirit, I’ that you brought to the police station just to make them aware of it, even though they seemed more amused than concerned.”