Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Character Portraits

What is the best holiday of them all? I say Halloween for many people including adults. This might be the only yearly event where people get to step outside of their mundane lives and become somebody more interesting for a night.

In years passed, I have been hired to run photo booths at masquerade parties. These are as much fun for me as the participants. I love to see what will walk through the door. Maybe stars from the past will reappear...

In the case of Ricky and Lucy here... they were just enhancing reality with a sense of humor.

I think you can tell a lot about a person from the disguise he or she chooses. It could be a hero or villain unlike themselves. So, our next guy could be the dashing Clark Gabel...

...or a scoundrel tycoon named Dick Dasterly. You decide.

 A costume could be in poor taste and you wish you had not seen it. An example of this was a pudgy white man I saw (in 1998) who dressed himself as a minstrel-styled Aunt Jemima... yes, the nice lady from the syrup bottle. He even had a plate of pancakes and sang what he called "spirituals." Unfortunately,  you can't unsee or unhear some things. My advice... don't do this. And by the way, the guy next to him is no priest... 

The characters can come from literature like the Queen from Alice in Wonderland.

...or from pop culture like the Tom Petty styled Mad Hatter that came with the Queen.

This only makes sense if you saw his 1984 music video for "Don't Come Around Here No More"

Sexy vampires almost make you want to get bitten. More than once please...

I'm not sure if the motherly Morticia from the Adams Family was a vampire or not...

Some people never grow up and have to take their mummies everywhere. This gentleman English explorer's costume and expression were spot on. Blimey!

Whoa! I hope it wasn't the liver paté that made her turn green...

A touch of the old country... all that is missing is some beer mugs and polka music.

Is this what the Tooth Fairy really looks like?

It's only fair that I should embarrass myself with my favorite Halloween outfit of all time. One year I went as my West Virginia cousin, Bubba Joe Jethro (the third). The ladies loved my dental work.

That guy always gets out of hand though. Here he is talking things over with a security officer.

I hope that everyone reading this has a wonderful Halloween. Be safe.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Zombie Transformation Caught on Film

Fans of The Walking Dead have seen plenty of zombies. Usually they are shown in a state of decay just long enough to get their heads smashed in by the heroes of this popular TV series.

But, after watching every episode, I don't think I have ever seen a zombie transformation. For the first time EVER, this unseen event has been captured with time lapse photography. It's not a pretty sight either. If you are easily frightened, turn your eyes away now.

Apparently, the pre-zombie being grows a wild beard and his teeth turn into hideous bucktooth fangs. If you don't believe me, just watch the video evidence. It's got to be true if it's on the internet, right? See the link zombie video here.