I hosted a Halloween costume party last night, the theme of which was Dr. Horrible. I told the invitees that they needn't use a character actually seen in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, but could instead make up their own villain that might be a member of the Evil League of Evil. All I can say is that I've got a great group of friends, and they really applied their creativity!
As usual, I waited until the last minute to prepare my own costume, and I was completely shown up by all my friends. I decided to introduce myself as "The Preserver", and had scattered a number of jars filled with various things like rubber fish bones, tiny skeletons, and giant glow-in-the-dark bugs. These were all well received by everyone. I had decided to announce that I had been Dr. Horrible's roommate in Evil Graduate School, and this earned a couple laughs, but there's no doubt that my costume was the weakest of the bunch.
Mike and Martina were first to arrive. Mike chose to dress as Captain Hammer, and Martina came as one of his groupies, complete with Mike's face on her shirt! Martina was asked several times through the evening if she "did the weird stuff", and every time it was met with a lot of laughter.
Amie and Duffy showed up next, dressed as The Tooth Fairy and The Intoxicator. Amie had a tool belt chock full of nasty tooth-removing equipment, and Duffy had his trusty bottle of vodka.
Next came Mike, Lauren and Jeff. Mike introduced himself as "Bolt!", and explaied that when trouble occurs, he's the first out the door.
Lauren was "Fraulein Fright", and when asked why she responded by shouting "Boo!". Jeff explained that he had suffered a horrible accident that fused him with an evil Magic 8-Ball.
Julie and Adam were next to come in. Julie was Captain Papercut, covered with bandaids and small scraps of paper! Adam was The Bluetooth Bandit, and was absolutely covered with cell phones!
Tom and Kelly joined us in a great couples' costume: since Kelly is due to deliver a baby in December, she was given permission forego the Dr. Horrible theme; she and Tom came as Juno and Bleaker from the movie Juno!
Finally, Mike showed up as the Evil League of Evil HR guy, complete with employee badge and a handful of resumes of would-be ELoE applicants! These were absolutely hysterical, and a terrific bit of detail to include in his costume.
We had an absolutely great time! The whole evening was filled with raucous laughter, jokes and smiles, and a real sense of friendship. I'm a lucky guy to have such clever, funny, and supportive friends. We drank a ton of beer, ate a lot of pizza, and thoroughly enjoyed a viewing of the Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog. After this folks started to trickle away. I broke out the Zombie Fluxx, hoping to entice folks to stay, but it just didn't work. Amie, Duffy, Jeff and Mike did join me for two rounds of Zombie Fluxx, and it was reasonably fun, but it was also clear that Jeff and Amie were struggling to enjoy the game given the ever-changing rules. It didn't help that our first game was one of the most complex games I've ever played! I should probably have started the game earlier, to get more people playing in order to keep the silly vibe going.
You can see all the photos I took of the Horrible Halloween Party in my Flickr page.