These Ghoulish Things | Halloween Monster Costumes

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Rochelle and Lois . .  or maybe, Lois and Rochelle.
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A Green Mud Mask

The Halloween visiting event and our costumes were inspired by the facial cosmetics my mom was selling at home parties.

One of the items in the product line was a facial mask which was to be thickly slathered on the face and left to dry into a hard shell.

It was some kind of fine textured sticky clay of a minty green color. As it dried, it cracked into the texture of an ancient desert lake bed.

Though the promotional materials promised that the facial mask would make us beautiful, my college friend and I decided that it would do a better job of making us into Halloween monsters.

I feel pretty ... ghoulish.

By that evening we had assembled our costumes that included heavy boots, gloves and black coats. Bathing caps, scarves and hats covered our hair.

We put black makeup around our eyes and on our lips, then carefully spread a layer of the pasty green goo on the rest of our faces.

Placing plastic fangs into our mouths deformed the shape of our features enough that we were totally and frighteningly unrecognizable.

We knew that the biggest challenge would be not to laugh so much that our faces cracked off, once the beauty treatment dried into its hideous fractured texture.

We had great fun that night, visiting various friends while communicating only by grunts and gestures.

In some cases we walked right into apartments, sat down and stayed awhile. Nobody recognized us. Some seemed a little nervous, most would not look us in the eye.

The most fun was the next day when friends told about the giant monsters who had visited them on Halloween-- one surmising that it was a couple of adolescent boys who lived nearby.

We had trouble convincing them that it was us, until we provided insider details.

Years later my co-monster friend sent me a Halloween card with two monsters on the front. It said:

"These ghoulish things...

.... remind me of you."

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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL! What a great idea...you should never have told them it was you though :) Think of the legend!!! :)


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country Author

We had a hard enough time keeping the secret until the next day.


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NYLady 8 years ago from White Plains, NY

Great story! I especially loved the card you received years later.


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I love it too-- I think I still have it somewhere-- if I find it I will post a copy.


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KT pdx 8 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

Wow, sounds like great fun! :)


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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

I like Hallowe'en!


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Rochelle, you brought back memories of "Spike Jones and the City Slickers". "My Old Flame", but of course you would be to young to remember that band.


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Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

This was funny!! Sounds like you had a great time!


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Very funny...laughing about a night spent communicating only by grunts and gestures! Just wondering if your mom knew you took her cosmetics! lol


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country Author

She knew-- she had a lot of free samples.


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

This is a great idea! I want some!


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Your Avatar looks like it could use some sort of facial.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Of course, I'm not talking about your current avatar-- the Halloween one.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Halloween is one of my favorites. Great hub


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Time to start thinking about your costume, Granny's House.

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