It all started with a Halloween mask, found randomly one day while roaming around Target’s Halloween section. I noticed a bear mask that didn’t look quiiiiiiite right, tried it on, saw that it was called a “Deady Bear” mask, and $15 later that mask was mine.
Oh the possibilities.
I thought I would just go as a creepy woodsy bear — flannel shirt, jeans, you know, my usual outfit except with a bear mask. The more I thought about it the more I thought wearing something sweet and girly would make the mask even more unsettling.
As for Sly’s costume — we originally were going to go with deranged stuffed animals, but we couldn’t really find any other masks that looked similar to Deady Bear, the closest being a werewolf mask that just didn’t feel right. So last minute, as usual, in the middle of trick-or-treaters knocking on our door, Sly sifted through years of collected wigs, masks, hats, and other accessories. He pulled out a weird clown mask that I hadn’t seen since I was a kid and combined it with a blonde wig and top hat. Creative juices flowing, we started feeding off each other adding and subtracting accessories until somehow we had the most bizarre, yet perfectly creepy, Halloween costumes.
The best was the reaction of the trick-o-treaters — confused and slightly uncomfortable, yet still curious enough to ask Sly to take pictures with them. If only they had seen me in my Deady Bear mask lurking in the shadows. I think it’s safe to say we one-upped ourselves from last year.