Rose’s Words With Friends (Halloween Version!)
October 29, 2011 § 10 Comments
I’m going to let the pictures tell the story of this year’s Halloween costume creation: Rose’s Words With Friends. All you need to know is a brief bit of background: I was searching online for inspiration after my Treebeard costume didn’t go as planned. A website mentioned going as something inspired by ‘pop culture’, and that started me thinking. What was both popular to lots of people, something I really enjoyed, and something I could creatively design? Because I’m that kind of person who doesn’t just want to buy a cape and wig at the mall. I wanted to paint, or sew, or do something to make this costume. I thought of Words with Friends out of the blue. Honestly, I have no idea where it came from but as soon as I thought of it, I started grinning. It was something simple I could paint onto a piece of posterboard (I like to paint but I’m not actually that good at it…) and it was interactive! Everyone likes an interactive costume! I remembered how everyone enjoyed writing ‘comments’ on my costume when I went as a ‘typical MySpace page’ a few years back. Once I hammered out the details, I set to work.
I used a Scrabble board as my particular inspiration, mainly because I wanted to pay homage to the game that I love, and also because I don’t actually have Words With Friends on my phone (I have a Windows Phone).
I studied the layout of the game for a few minutes. I was taking this seriously.
Cathy thought I was taking things a little too seriously.
Genevieve helped me cut out the squares for the letters! At this point in the costume creation, I said to Gen, “You know that normal people just go to the store and buy a wig and a cape, right?” She laughed. She’s a good god-daughter.
This was such a fun process, I wish I could describe it better. Gen and I were sitting at the kitchen table, playing music, laughing, and painting. It wasn’t just making a costume, it was a bonding experience!
Cathy helped me paint the word score boxes.
Here, we’ve added the small adhesive magnets to each square, painted the title on top, and strung yarn so that I can wear it around my neck. There are matching adhesive magnets on the backs of each letter.
The finished product:
A little shameless blog promotion to demonstrate how the letters stick to the magnets! All the letters we made are in a cute little Halloween treat bag. People reach in, pick out 6 letters, and then try to make a word!
So there you have it. Rose’s Words With Friends Halloween costume.
I love this costume because, once again, I feel like I’ve hit on something both that I love (words) and that many people will find amusing. Tell me if you do!