Dia de los Muertos

I went to a posh club for a Halloween (Dia de los Muertos) party (thankfully things fell into place and I didn’t miss my favorite holiday of the year). The party was somehow connected to the Mexican Embassy.

My costume, last-minute and on the cheap: Twister.

I found a toy store, bought the game for $6.50, cut a hole in the mat, turned it into a poncho/shirt (duct tape and carabiners to hold it together), hung the spinner around my neck with a shoelace and voila!

Made for some great cheesy lines — “Umm… the spinner says right hand blue. Sorry, but please grope away” and “We can play naked Twister later” — that only a few people understood.

That’s partly because Indians don’t really get Halloween, so I was nearly the only makeshift, funny costume there. Nearly everyone was simply in club dress, perhaps with a set of devil’s horns, or a halo, or a mask, or some face paint. The advertisements said costumers were mandatory, but clearly no one was enforcing that rule.


So, with my absurd get-up that I personally found hilarious (see picture above), I would have felt out of place, except that no one knew who I was anyway, so who cares.

There were a handful of other thought-out costumes: one person in a Hitler outfit (I explained to her that in the states that would be over the top, but kudos for pushing the envelope) and a very tall American in lederhosen, who played Twister on me for a few rounds, including wrapping her leg around my neck so she could get blue right foot.

Not many others understood whattheheck I was.

I eventually took the Twister mat off and donned some leis of marigolds — traditional Indian religious garb. And danced my ass off. (Desis also aren’t quite up on the hip hop dance stylings.)

It was a very Happy Halloween.

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2 Responses to “Dia de los Muertos”

  1. Royal Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 11:02 am

    The Hitler costume is….wow.

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