I was never good at Hallowe’en costumes that you had to plan ahead. The only year I pulled off something awesome, I was a yak, but usually I was some kind of pathetic toilet paper mummy. My sad costume habit started inadvertently when I was a kid. I wanted to be a robot for Hallowe’en and made a costume myself, with homemade circuits for lights. I spent so much time on this part of the costume, that my whole outfit was essentially a cardboard piece on my head, with two little light bulbs, that burned out before long. I had been so excited about it for weeks, but it ended up kind of pathetic…..
My second favourite costume ever, next to the Yak, was the year I dressed in a Cozy Sack, to play a Hallowe’en show at The Branch in Kemptville. Thriller was too hard to pull off (while dressed head to toe in a sack of fleece) so I learned this Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic, which you can listen to here…..