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A Grooful Hallowe'en (one cold costume)
Well, my Groo costume was a big hit.
My mother-in-law made me a padded, orange tunic and matching headband
(rambow). I got a wig from my friend. I made a black 'pirate-sized'
belt,a and bought some plastic katana (no wakizashi), and painted them
with matching gold paint from the belt buckle. My wife made me a
leather pouch. I got a skull with no jaw for a netsuke. I rigged up
the swords with brown hemp rope. And yes, I had a blue, betamax
cassette on my chest to hold the rigging! I wore a flesh-colored long
sleeve shirt and padded the arms. I found some roman bracers that I
painted red. Oh, and as for the nose, I managed to find an excellent
gourd-shaped nose (though not large enough) that came as a 'groucho'
style glasses&moustache set -- I removed the nose and glued it on my
Just a word of warning, though. A Groo costume with naked legs can be
pretty freakin' cold on Hallowe'en! (survived an hour and a half in a
humid 10 degrees celcius night)
When the photos get printed, I'll post them some where for all to see.
Eventhough I was just 'escorting' my little brother and his friend
around our neighborhood for tricks'n'treats, lots of people *insisted*
that I take some candy for my great costume.
A sampling of some comments I got from people I met in the streets:
"Aren't you cold, dear?"
"It's bad enough that his wife has to follow him around, but with *that*
"Who *are* you?" ("I am Groo the Wanderer -- do not take me for the fool
"Cold enough for ya'?"
I'm already working on improvements for taking the costume to Groofest
2000 (and the SDCC costume ball).... beware!
Being Groo is fun,
(PS: all I was missing was my tanto knife, but I couldn't find one in