a very super mario halloween

i’m a geek, nerd, dork, and so on. now that we have that settled…

it all started with my buddy mike telling me that he and vidi were going out for halloween as Mario and Luigi. i said, cool, i’ll be Wario. they said, no, that’s dumb. i argued that it was cool and i almost look like him anyway. even offered to grow a real mustache. still, i’m told it wouldn’t be cool.

so, they say, go as the question block. and i’m all, huh?! how the H do you go as the question block? they say, erm, not so sure, but it would be awesome. i decline, for a few weeks. they attempt to talk me into it. finally, a week before, i am peer pressured into it. i will be the question block.power-ups

again, how the H does one dress as a question block. first step must be creating the power-ups a question block would dispense. this was not an easy task. finding good pictures of the items was a pain. thanks to google image search, i was able to come up with most of what i needed, and inspiration for the rest. a couple sheets of foam-board, lots of printer ink, glue sticks and hand-cutting later, i had a nice assortment of power-ups to be earned from the question block.

next up, the block itself. how does one make a question block? it’s just a box right? i suppose, but it needs to be goldish and have question marks. mike recommends construction paper. i one up that with posterboard. so i pick up a large home depot moving box, spray adhevsive, orange posterboard and get to work.

i cut the box to be an actual square as the box from the store was too tall to be useful. turns out, cutting the one end and leaving the flaps at the bottom was a stroke of genius – a shelf to hold that which needed to be held for the evening. word.question block

next, glue on the posterboard and create some shadow effect with darker colored posterboard. and we’re getting there. this might actually come together. next, i need some question marks. they can’t just be drawn on, that would be stupid. more foam board to the rescue. four 3-d question marks later, i have a decent little costume coming together. and while i’m at it, might as well make the bolts? in the corners 3-d as well. hey, this might just work. i could actually be having fun making this thing.

and then, how do you wear a box? it’s not the most logical costume or the easiest to maneuver, but one will need a way to carry the box around all night without dropping it. and so laura recommends suspenders. nice! but where does one buy suspenders? sears has me covered with some heavy duty craftsman jobbers and i am set. i can now wear the question block and have made something quite original if i do say to myself.

so we handed out candy to the kiddies in lyndhurst and a few even knew what i was. more parents were aware than 5-year-olds, but i expected that. as we handed out the candy – and beer to the parents – we figured it would be much better if the question block actually had a power-up floating above it at all times. again – how does one accomplish this?

a friendly neighbor recommends a hanger – brilliant! one mangled dry cleaner hanger later and we have a floating power-up above the question block for the rest of the night.mario, luigi, and the question block not the most comfortable or reasonable costume for bar-hopping, but it did get plenty of attention/compliments. all in all, it was a fun costume to make and a great conversation piece for the evening. there are more photos on facebook and flickr, if you are so inclined to see more of my work. it was fun and somewhat memorable. the costume even survived the evening for the most part, which surprised me greatly.

that is all…

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