“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” -Arthur Conan Doyle
Halloween, for those of you who’ve been here a while, is my favorite holiday. Every year for the past dozen years now, I’ve dressed up as whatever I’ve wanted for Halloween. And — if you haven’t seen the pattern yet — it’s almost always a partially-clothed, revered hero (or villain) from when I was a young child. In case you haven’t figured out what character I’ve chosen for my Halloween costume this year, maybe this piece of music will make it more clear, from the video game
It takes a bit of courage to buck the pressures of society and costume yourself in whatever way you feel most comfortable and happy, but feeling comfortable and happy is a great reward of that. Without further ado, my costume choice this year is Zangief, from Street Fighter 2!
How did I do? Have a look for yourself!
Putting the mohawk together (because you know I keep my balding head shaved) was a challenge, but I think it came out great!
And finally, no set of pictures would be complete without the standard Zangief victory pose!
So I thought I’d not only put together a fun side-by-side comparison of my 2012 Halloween costume with the character it’s based on:
I thought I would go back over the past 12 Halloweens — which coincides with the year I began graduate school — and show you side-by-side comparisons of each of my Halloween costumes! Hope you enjoy them!
I discovered, beginning in 2010, that it was much more difficult to find costumes that incorporated a good beard, but I feel I’ve done well for three years in a row now.
Before that, in 2009, I had to find a costume that incorporated a shaved head for the first time. Based on how I looked, there was only one real choice.
The year before that, when I still had long hair, I went as an old-school American Gladiator.
Before that, I was the iconic 1980s television cartoon hero, He-Man.
The one Halloween — 2006 — I spent in the freezing-cold of Madison, Wisconsin, required a slightly different tactic as far as how much clothing I needed to wear to feel comfortable.
Two years before I was He-Man, I was Skeletor from the same show; the only Halloween I’ve worn a mask.
In perhaps the greatest costume I ever put together, I went as Lion-O from the Thundercats. And yes, I always make it a point to wear my Halloween costumes into the office if it’s a workday.
At one point (I think back in 1997) I had gone as Rocky Balboa for Halloween. But — as a kid — I never thought Rocky was as cool as Apollo Creed was, so in 2003 that was my Halloween costume! (And yes, people who had known me for years had no idea who I was.)
The year before that, I went as a different Real American, the iconic wrestler Hulk Hogan.
And finally, during my first semester in physics graduate school, I went as Dee Snider, lead singer of the 1980s glam rock band Twisted Sister.
Halloween is the one time of the year where it’s completely socially acceptable to dress as whoever or whatever you like, and while I have a long way to go to catch my Halloween hero, I’m happy to share my history of costumes with all of you. Hope you enjoyed this year’s contribution, and the retrospective on all the years past.