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Poorly Executed Costumes: An Instructional

November 1, 2010


  1. Lena permalink
    November 1, 2010 12:12 pm

    🙂 did anyone “get it”? With or without the name tag help? I am not sure how famous Marcel really is.

    • November 1, 2010 4:10 pm

      To be honest, I wasn’t out in the world for very long, but I’m pretty sure the answer to that is NO. Nobody did. But it’s hard to say whether that was the costume’s fault or Marcel’s only moderate internet stardom.

  2. ellen permalink
    November 1, 2010 12:52 pm

    I went as Joan from Mad Men… as I was finishing sewing my costume I made a friend watch this video and told her I would have gone as Marcel if I thought anyone would have known what it was. She laughed (at me.)

  3. naomi permalink
    November 1, 2010 1:21 pm

    good post. Costume…. not so much, jk jk.

  4. November 1, 2010 3:22 pm

    Aww what a cute video. Guess what I wear as a hat? A lentil. Love it!

    Your costume is better than mine, I think, which I threw together twenty minutes before leaving the house. I was a doll- big white knee socks, a bubble dress, pigtails with ribbons, and big freckles drawn on with eyeliner. Meh.

  5. Mom permalink
    November 1, 2010 3:51 pm

    I am literally laughing out loud. Do you know how hard it was as a mom to get you guys (as children) to focus like on October 1 what you might want to be on Halloween on Oct. 31. Because, it was traumatizing for me that by then the stupid costume you really wanted but couldn’t commit to would, of course, be sold out and I would be left with UGH!!! having to be creative. Now, creative for one isn’t bad, but creative for 3 was more than I could handle. Do you know how many times we were in Halloween stores on Oct. 30 or 31st trying to keep you guys from total breakdowns? Now, thank god, you guys are out in the world and having to be creative all on your own–sometimes, not so easy, right?

  6. Laura permalink
    November 1, 2010 2:49 pm

    Aw cheese, I like your dog. I hope you named him Allen. Looks like you had a more successful halloween than me! But I did figure out how to hook up my computer to the TV so I was able to watch Justin Bieber music videos in epic sizes, which is obviously really fun.

    • November 1, 2010 2:57 pm

      Not really, it was mostly a series of missed connections and confusing correspondence, which ended up with me falling asleep on the couch watching Clue. But I DID see Officer Dangle from Reno 911!, so that was good. Not a single Snooki, incredibly disappointing.

      • JCaza permalink
        November 2, 2010 1:28 am

        I saw many snookies (snook-eye?) and wanted to punch them all in the face.

  7. Sandra permalink
    November 1, 2010 3:55 pm

    I’ve been fallowing your blog for a while but never left a comment before.
    Love the costume even though I would not guess who it was of a random person. At least you were original.
    Marcel is the greatest shell ever. Period hehe.
    I went as Amélie Poulain from the movie Amélie because I can pull of the facial expression.

  8. November 1, 2010 11:17 pm

    I would have been all over that costume!

  9. Erica Walch permalink
    November 2, 2010 6:29 am

    As I was getting my costume together, I realized I would need a name tag to go with it, then I realized, “if I need a name tag for my costume, it’s really not working” so I ditched the name tag and went with the (pretty lame) costume. I wanted to be the Chupacabra and decided to tell everyone that I was the Sexy Chupacabra. I wore a fur coat, a matted old wig, devil horns, and a creeepy plastic mask (unrelated to Chuppy in any way, it was just in box of costumes, I think I got it at a tag sale when I was ten or something). I also carried two straws to demonstrate the goat sucking action.

    No one knew who I was. Even when I told them I was sexy Chupacabra then laughed and said, “the sexy part’s a joke, I’m just regular Chupacabra,” they still didn’t know what I was talking about. And believe me, Chupacapra is much more widely known than the shell. But the straws came in handy because I couldn’t drink the nice apple cider someone gave me through my mask, so I guess it was okay in the end.

    And I did make a kid scream, but it was kind of a jokey scream. He didn’t run away.

  10. November 2, 2010 4:29 pm


    I can’t even. You are my hero, officially.

    • November 2, 2010 4:37 pm

      And by the way, you HAVE TO send a link to this post to Jenny Slate.

  11. November 5, 2010 12:30 pm

    That video is ridiculous! I hope you had fun on Halloween. I went as a haute couture pirate, which went over pretty well, actually.

  12. November 7, 2010 8:52 am

    Thank you for introducing me to Marcel. That made my day.

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