by Dick Ward
Because Halloween is almost here, this month's installment of "Beyond the Blu" focuses on the stuff you need to put the finishing touches on your costume or just give you a last minute idea of what to get. It's also been edited down to be extra spooky, coming in at exactly six hundred and sixty six words long. Pretty spooky, eh?
Costume accessories that you'll only wear once are kind of a bummer, so try playing a more conservative Batman this year and pick up a utility belt that has uses outside of simply playing dress-up. And hey, let's face it - as iconic as the yellow utility belt is, it doesn't make a lick of sense for a character who bases his fighting style on stealth.
There are very few adult costume possibilities that leap to mind when thinking of 'The Goonies.' Pretty much anyone over the age of 20 is either vile or unmemorable but there's one exception to the rule - Sloth. The mask is a given, but if you really want to go full on Sloth you're going to need his trademark Superman shirt and those classic red suspenders. And if you're staying home and giving out candy in that outfit, you'd better be giving every single kid that comes to the door a Baby Ruth.
Costuming is all about the little details - the stuff that separates the good from the great. So if you're going as Jules Winnfield you need to know Ezekiel 25:17, you need to be able to inform people that Marcellus Wallace does not in fact look like a bitch and you damn sure better have a wallet that says "Bad Mother F*cker."
Sure, you can dress as Malcolm or Alan Grant, but those are barely costumes. Gennaro is a wimp and Robert Muldoon's shorts are just a bit too short. You want yourself a good costume? Go as Dennis Nedry. Kids come to the door and don't greet you with the customary "Trick or Treat" and bam - "Uh uh uh, you didn't say the magic word!" Then when they finally do, you pull the candy out of a fake Barbasol can. Bonus points if the candy is cryogenically frozen. Don't take it too far and start giving out dinosaur embryos though. They make cute pets when they're young, but they grow up fast.
I love Captain America. He's one of my favorite superheroes and constantly battles with a few others for the top spot. He's just not that exciting to dress as. You're not going to look right in the outfit and your shield just won't be cool enough. On the subject of S.H.I.E.L.D. though, you could go as an absolutely badass Nick Fury in the officially licensed coat from Marvel. That's assuming you have the nuts to go as a Samuel L. Jackson character. If not, there's always the Hasselhoff version.
There isn't a lot of anime that I've allowed myself to get sucked into recently. Not because I don't like it, just because a series that runs a few hundred episodes with half of those being filler takes up a lot of time. 'Naruto' completely captured me though. Kids and adults will both be going out as Naruto and Sasuke and Sakura and the usual assortment, but I would absolutely love to see some more Kakashis out there. Get yourselfthe vest and a black half-mask and you're most of the way there.
Have I seen 'The Last Circus?' No I have not. But I've seen the trailer and it blew my mind with its complete awesomeness, thanks especially to the clown near the end that looks like some sort of deformed version of the Pope wielding sub machine guns. Pope hat, check. Scary clown mask, check. Bandoliers, check. The Uzis and the apparent blood thirst are up to you.