Halloween 2018: Team Zissou

 “Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I'm going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.”

-Steve Zissou, Wes Anderson’s Life Aquatic

For those of you who don’t recognize our costume, like my sweet grandmother who asked if Ries was growing a beard or who that strange man was and “Who is Cody?”—we dressed up as members of Team Zissou from Life Aquatic, which is a Wes Anderson film starring Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. Ries was obviously Steve Zissou, Bill Murray’s character, Gus was a baby Ned (Owen Wilson’s character), and I was a failed Klaus (Willem Dafoe’s character.)—Can you believe no one was selling white turtlenecks or shorts in October?! Well, the shorts I can understand....

Our Halloween was actually kind of a disaster. I don’t know what was going on in the month of October, but I was driving the struggle bus. 

I am the queen of unfinished sewing projects. I’ve actually stopped buying fabric and patterns because I don’t trust myself to finish my projects anymore. Last year, despite my best efforts, I was only able to finish Gus and Ries’ costumes (Hercules and Hades) and I was really sad I couldn’t be part of the family costume. Ries ended up being the only one who wore his costume because there was a freak cold spell in Florida and it ended up being like fifty degrees the night we went to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We didn’t even get a photo of Gus’ first Halloween. 

This year, I thought I would outsmart myself and not sew costumes. I collected white clothes from Goodwill, Once Upon a Child and supplemented with new items (our hats from Amazon, and $2 clearance sunglasses at H&M.) I bought Rit dye and everyone told me it was easy, so I thought I was good to go. 

I stayed up until 1am dying everything two nights before Halloween. I threw everything in the washer and went to bed. When I woke up in the morning, I found all of the clothes had various degrees of white splotches from where the dye didn’t take. I don’t think you can see it in these photos, but my shirt was so bad I ended up scrapping it and buying a sweater.

We’ve had an especially challenging semester—Ries and I are both full time students, and we have been trading off who studies and who watches Gus pretty much every hour of the day. So two days later when Halloween actually happened, Gus and I were so exhausted we ended up sleeping through trick-or-treating. I would say I was disappointed, but I was honestly so relieved when November 1 rolled around.

I think my expectations for family costumes are SO HIGH after growing up in the theater, and also having a teeny, tiny desire to get into cosplay in the future. Realistically speaking, I think I need to collect pieces and work on sewing costumes throughout the year. We’ll see how next year goes.... 

For now, I’m just glad we got these photos taken this year so we can show them to Gus when he gets older.