I’m usually working on Halloween night so in years past I’ve had to accompany my kids trick-or-treating dressed as a newscaster in my Channel 3 uniform, so I can easily return to the studio for the 11PM News. This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday, and my son and daughter were thrilled that Kara and I could get in to costume. Their request? Mom and Dad should compliment their superhero get-ups, and so I’m going as the Joker, and Kara, Catwoman.
I picked the Joker from the 1960s “Batman” television series because our children on occasion watch an old episode (new for them) and the latter Jokers on the big screen are a little more violent than the preposterous foolery in the tv show.
For the Joker’s suit, I took an old khaki suit and painted it. Seriously. Behr’s Delicious Berry interior paint from Home Depot did the trick. I hung it in the backyard and when it dried it looked just like leather.
As for the hair, I bought a cheap wig at Five Below rather than the green hair paint. Many years I ago went as Bart Simpson and I remembered that yellow hair spray didn’t come out all that easily.
Here’s the finished product that Kara and I tried out at a Halloween party this past weekend.
By the way, that khaki suit that I painted? I wore it when I popped the question to Kara on Mackinac Island back in 2002. Still fits!
Have a great Halloween! The Joker was not the first time I was a clown. My mom made these costumes.