One fall semester when I was attending the University of Michigan-Flint campus back in the mid 1990’s, I was taking College Algebra.
A few days after Halloween our professor told our class that he had seen the best Halloween costumes worn by one of his colleagues and his wife at the faculty Halloween party.
He said that he would describe what they wore and if anybody could figure out before our class hour was over what that couple represented, he would give that person 10 bonus points.
After 10 minutes, I raised my hand, gave my guess to the professor and he said, “You are absolutely correct!” Then he entered 10 points next to my name.
And I have always wanted to try and duplicate that couple’s costume ever since because I just loved it!
So two years ago, I put a similar costume together and wore it to my apartment complex’s Halloween party and I won a “Most Original Costume” prize!
I will describe what I wore, just like my professor did to our class, and then you can try and guess too. Please send me your guesses in a comment and I will post the answer, and congratulate the correct guesser too, in a week.
Okay the first thing I did was to purchase 2 large royal blue fish nets online. These were advertised to be put over a tablecloth as a decoration but I wore them on me!
I wore a royal blue blouse with black slacks, black socks and black shoes. Over that I put one of the fish nets over my head.
I had cut a hole in the middle of one of the fish nets so that it made a kind of a poncho. That fish net draped down front and back to my feet.
Then I folded the second royal blue fish net into a triangular shape and put one of the points so that it draped over my head with the point in the middle of my forehead for a veil effect.
I clipped that fish net to my hair with bobby pins and a friend took some royal blue colored thread and tied the fish net over my head to the one over my body so that everything would stay together. She also tied together the front and back of the poncho fish net at the sides too.
So now I was covered head to feet with the royal blue fish nets. I had also purchased several packages of plastic fish of all kinds, colors, and sizes, as well as lobsters, star fish, shrimp, crabs, etc.
I had already taken a hot glue gun and glued string to the backs of all of these plastic fish and crustaceans and my friend then helped me tie all of them to the fish nets: on my head, down the back of my head, my back, my front, etc. I did leave room in the back so that when I sat down, I wouldn’t be sitting uncomfortably on any of them, ouch!
Previously I had printed out four copies of the Tide laundry detergent logo and I had put them in four plastic page sleeve covers and then trimmed the edges.
This is the logo I used:
My friend and I then pinned those four plastic covers holding the Tide logo on the fish net. There was a Tide logo on each shoulder and a Tide logo on both of my legs between my knees and my ankles.
And that completed my costume!
I got a kick at the Halloween party by pointing out one of the plastic crabs on my costume and exclaiming with pretended horror: “Look! I have crabs! Oh, no!” Everybody cracked up laughing!
So, what did I represent?