McKibbin’s Scribblin’s: Don’t mess with this werewolf (make-up)
Some say Christmas is for kids, but isn’t that even more the case with Halloween?
As I’ve written before, it’s one of those gray areas to me. I seem to have a lot of them the older I get. I like to think that’s a good thing, but who knows?
At any rate, Halloween has the kids in costume, getting candy and other sweets from their neighbors, even in this day and age of nasty, bad people doing nasty, bad things to the candy. Everyone just has to be careful and selective. Not like when I was traipsing around in some kind of costume with my brothers, all of us coming home with a bag full of sweets.
I don’t recall what kind of costumes we wore, probably pretty basic stuff: ghosts, cowboys, GI Joe. I think my mom bought a Spider-Man costume one year. That was when they had those cheesy plastic masks held on to your face by string that stretched. And eventually broke, usually because one of my brothers pulled it and snapped the back of my head.
As an adult, I’m no longer into the costume thing, although I do recall one Halloween in my mid-20s when I worked at KMTS in Glenwood Springs. Marc Adler owned Marc’s Toys and Pets in the Glenwood Mall and was a frequent advertiser on the station. So we got to know him pretty well.
This Halloween, I agreed – for some strange reason – to allow him to turn me into a werewolf. As you can tell from my (admittedly a little dated) mug shot, I have a goatee. Back then, if was a full (but not very thick) beard. And my hair didn’t have the gray it does today.
So while Marc is applying added hair and color to my face, I’m broadcasting live, explaining what Marc is doing and how he learned the skills to do something like that. Things like that. Not sure it was captivating radio.
But it turned out well. I thought Marc had made me into one scary, tough-looking werewolf.
So now what do I do in this get up? Remember, this was in my (not) wild youth. Most of my coworkers at the station were about the same age, so naturally, we had to visit a few bars in Glenwood in our Halloween best.
I don’t remember exactly which bar it was (I only went to a few, mom) but I found myself standing next to another guy, also made up as a werewolf. But he wasn’t nearly as real or scary looking as me. And he might have known it. Pretty sure he had had more to drink than I did, too.
He started talking what’s now called “smack,” making snide remarks about my make up, bumping against me, a little shoving. Basically trying to get a werewolf brawl going, I guess.
I’ve been pretty good at talking myself out of confrontations, at least since elementary school. And luckily, my coworkers seemed to realize what was going on and we all left.
I know, kind of a less-than-satisfying end to the story. But this guy was bigger than me. And I didn’t want to ruin my fine werewolf make up on Halloween.
So that’s my Halloween memories, as a kid and a grown-up. Not sure which ones I enjoyed more. But it probably doesn’t matter,does it? Still some fun times.
Have a safe and fun Halloween tonight. But beware of scraggly looking werewolves. You might want to avoid them. They’ll just mess up your make-up.
Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.
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