Published October 26. 2013 4:00AM
Rick Koster offers weekly lists of ideas, notions and things that must be seen to be believed.
Though Halloween remains my favorite holiday, it's probably safe to say I've reached the point where I will never again make or wear a costume. In bittersweet acknowledgement, here is a Halloween costume list:
1. First Halloween costume: "The Phantom." It was one of those costumes-in-box - the printed cheesecloth body suit and the plastic mask affixed to my tiny head with a rubber band.
2. When I was a kid, there were two companies I desperately wanted to work for when I grew up: Ben Cooper Halloween Costumes or Collegeville Halloween Costumes (see above, "The Phantom").
3. The Halloween costume I worked longest on: The Great God Pan. I had to hand-glue "goat fur" onto legging tights and also improvised an inspired vestment of autumn leaves.
4. Two particularly inspired vampire-centric homemade costumes I created BEFORE vampires became ruined by popular culture: "Pope Dracula" and "Santa Claus, Vampyre."