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Monday, 10 November 2014

New Experience Challenge Week 44: Dressing Up for Halloween

Australia doesn't really do Halloween. There's a small group of people who take part in it each year. There's a much larger group who can't stand the idea of it because it's so commercial and American. I call those people grumpy-bums. My mate Kelsey wanted to hold a party for Halloween this year. I was into the idea, but most of the others were busy working or studying. That didn't deter us. We decided we were going to dress up for Halloween or die trying. Well, maybe not that far. I generally value my life over cosplay. Anyway...

We explored the idea of couples costumes. Who could we dress up as together? We brainstormed on Facebook. Phil & Lil from Rugrats? Mario & Luigi? Rhen & Stimpy? Eminem & 50 Cent? Ross & Rachel? Mary-Kate & Ashley? Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke? Turner & Hooch? Alvin & the Chipmunks? Godzilla & a Japanese businessman?

We narrowed it down to two favourites - Ernie & Bert and Superman & Batman. Apparently Ernie & Bert have some sort of licensing which means they can't mass-produce costumes in their likeness. So that meant our decision was made. Here's a run-down of what happened throughout the night:








Jerida and Sarah were able to come down for the night as well.









We thought we'd go get dinner.




I was offered Halloween candy. Superman approves.




The Monte Cristo hotdog from Benny's American food outlet.


We decided to put on Just Dance, Sarah and Jerida's favourite video game.


Here's Superman and Batman knocking it out.

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Kelsey eventually got too hot to keep dancing in his suit, so he reverted back to Bruce Wayne for the rest of the night.

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Then we got out Singstar - the only other video game the girls like. We downloaded an app on our phones so we could use them as the microphones.





And since I'm taking part in Movember (there's an explanation on the side of the page), at midnight, Superman had a super-shave. He used one of those kryptonite razors you can pick up at CostCo in Smallville for $15.





38 comments:

  1. Never too late to see a scarecrow and peter parker rocking out to Black Widow

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  2. Anyone in Australia who thinks that Halloween is just a lame, commercialized American holiday needs to see this post. I don't know what it is about dressing up in costumes that makes a situation 110% more fun, but... it does, dammit. It has nothing to do with whether or not you hate America and everything to do with dressing up in the most ridiculous costume you can find and having a blast.

    Singing karaoke: kinda fun.
    Having a karaoke dance battle between Superman and Batman: now THAT'S a good time.

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    1. I've never seen you guys get that fired-up about something ;) I had plenty of other ideas that never eventuated, like Superman and Batman playing Jenga or reading Marvel comics.

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    2. I'm passionate... not about my country (f*** this place) but about doing stupid things. In other words, I'd dress up as Spongebob Squarepants and break dance for strangers even if there wasn't a holiday involved.

      It's like Independence Day. I don't care about celebrating my country's birthday. I just want to blow s*** up. You don't have to be a patriot to do that.

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    3. I've been considering just hanging around in our city's shopping district dressed in a Spiderman morphsuit just for the amusement of strangers.

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  3. lmao I never knew Superman and Batman had such moves. No wonder they are always one step ahead of the bad guys.

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    1. Always fighting for truth, justice and the American Shuffle.

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  4. There's a lot about America which probably should be avoided, but Halloween? What's wrong with having a little fun? You looked super, man.

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    1. It's just pure prejudice. Halloween's become a quintessentially American thing, and heaven forbid we do anything like America :P

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  5. Halloween, when you can dress up, play pretend, and eat candy to your heart's delight. no matter your age... and no one bats an eye. Oh save me from a fate worse than death! (Touch my candy and I'll send you to live in, hmmmm, Oklahoma!)

    The sight of Batman and Superman in a dance battle will live with me forever, when I'm old(er) and grey(er) I'll be talking about it in the nursing home... where they will promptly fill me full of the really cool meds!

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    1. This blog is full of things that people will take to the grave.

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  6. You and Kelsey made a great effort to entertain, but why didn't the girls dress up? One of them should have been Catwoman and the other Lois Lane. And I notice both the girls have pommie accents - what's all that about?

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    1. They did dress up! Sarah was a simplified version of Raggedy Anne that she could wash off when she needed to and Jerida was Peter Parker, hence the glasses and camera.

      As for the accents, sometimes Australian and British are hard to tell apart, but I assure you, these are Australian ;)

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  7. Way to promote Halloween Down Under! Good luck with your Movember 'stache too.

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  8. I'm not participating in Movember. It just happens to coincide with a recent apathy as far as my appearance is concerned. It's an excellent cause though and it's nice that you mentioned it here.

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    1. Thanks, I might mention a bit more about it in a separate post.

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  9. It looks to me like you all had a lot of fun! Maybe you will be trendsetters and get more Australians to join in next Halloween! :D

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    1. That would be cool to claim!

      'Yeah kids, I was the one that brought Halloween to Australia!'

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  10. This one thoroughly amused me. You and your friends know how to have good clean fun and save the world (or just get some candy) along the way. You're so firmly toned, Michael. How did you squeeze your muscular chest and arms into that costume? You really are a superhero. Wink.

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    1. Ah, well I had to stop doing my 400 push-ups a day for a little while so my muscles would shrink enough ;)

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  11. Halloween, Superman and dancing all wrapped into one!? This is my kind of post! I say bah to those who think the holiday is too American. We have a blast every October, and it looks like you guys did too :)

    And fabulous job bringing awareness to Movember! I hope it raises a lot of money this year!

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    1. Thanks! So far I've raised $225 and my team has raised $315.

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  12. Hey Michael, not on topic but -- I just watched that link you gave me about the Australian soldier who won the VC in Afghanistan -- awesome news item! Amazing footage! Very inspiring. Thanks for directing me to it.

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    1. No problem, I thought you'd appreciate it :)

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  13. Ha ha, I think my favorite part was Superman shaving :) I never really think about the fact that Halloween isn't celebrated by everyone. Truly, it didn't USED to be a commercial holiday here, but, like everything else, the marketing machine has taken over!

    Super handsome Superman, I love it.

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    1. The same thing has happened to Valentines Day.

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  14. Hmmm, now I know why I never see people dress up as Bert and Ernie on Halloween. (Imagine getting arrested for copyright infringement and being sent to jail dressed up as Bert and Ernie.) Anywho, I have worked for Walmart for years so I hate all holidays. I have to work on nearly every single one of them, and they don't pay me enough to celebrate them in any serious manner. It is kind of a double whammy.

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    1. That is one of the funniest images that's ever popped into my head, thank you. Shame about the holiday thing, how much extra do they pay you. I think in Australia the law is just double your normal rate.

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    2. Maybe on Christmas or Thanksgiving they give time and a half though I am not really even sure... I am usually just mad I have to be there, hehe. Maybe that would make an interesting youtube video.. 2 people get sent to jail for dressing like Bert & Ernie.

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    3. It's more the image of what happens to them once they're in jail that made me laugh. I picture the guy dressed as Bert sitting on a wooden bench next to an enormous biker-looking guy. They look at each other and without saying a word, the biker unzips his fly...

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    4. Yeah, a youtube vid could make some kind of satirical statement about corporations and copyright law. If only we had the budget and fan base to pull it off. Oh well.

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  15. We had a Superman in our family to. He insisted that he was The Man of Steel, and he had to have a kiss curl. I used my eye liner for that. I Photoshopped him with steam coming out of his mouth, and laser beams coming out of his eyes. We also had an Indiana Jones. He had to have the whip, and satchel. I was Coraline. The hardest part was trying to find a way to keep those buttons on my eyes.

    I love your costume! Halloween isn't really all about being evil; it's about having fun. Having fun is a must! It looks like you accomplished that. :)

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    1. Sounds like you guys went a lot further with your costumes! How did you keep the buttons on? I think you can get a facial glue for that.

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  16. What a sneaky way to get the girls to play video games!! ;) :) Loving the dancing, bwuahahaha Who knew Superman and Batman got together to go dancing!! :)

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    1. I think it was their suggestion :P

      Oh yeah, they do it all the time. Sometimes in Gotham, sometimes in Metropolis.

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