Virtual HalloweenPosted: October 31, 2012
In Vietnam, we don’t really celebrate Halloween (between the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Day of the Death, we have plenty of similar holidays.) That being said, I do like playing dressed up, so this year I put on not one, but two costumes, even though I don’t have any party to go to. If that makes me pathetic, so be it. And because Debbi and I tend to inadvertently make people think we’re a couple (we’re not, really), we decided to coordinate – as Sherlock and John from Sherlock, and as Moss and Roy from The IT Crowd. Both duos have been mistaken for a couple multiple times, so we thought them appropriate.
As Moss, I chose a plaid shirt, a cardigan (Moss usually wears a short-sleeved shirt, but I don’t have any short-sleeved button-up, and he does wear a cardigan in a few episodes), my mom’s pants (mine are either too long or too skinny), my dad’s tie, and my nerd glass – I admit, the idea of dressing up as Moss came to me as soon as I got them. My hair can’t be teased into Moss’ magnificent fro, so I did what Moss would’ve done if he had hair like me – part it sideways and tie it back. In the end I look more like a standard nerd than Moss, but then again Moss is a standard nerd, so mission accomplished. Debbi’s costume is easier – an ironic T-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and “tousled brown hair.”
For Sherlock, I went a less literal route – I wore something a female Sherlock would (Debbi and I have often discussed the idea of writing a gender-swapped Sherlock Holmes, not just with one character like Elementary but with the whole cast), which means a dark button-up, black blazer & pencil skirt, boots, a long coat, and my mom’s blue scarf. And my deerstalker, of course. It was boiling with all those clothes on in 85-degree weather, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. For the sake of Halloween. As for Debbi, she chose to go with John’s plaid shirt, a military-looking jacket, jeans, and the perfect props (have you ever noticed that Martin Freeman always plays a guy who only wants a cup of tea?)
So that’s my Halloween. I hope that you guys and/or your loved ones manage to stay safe and not let the storm dampen your Halloween spirits!