Yesterday night we ran into some girls in their early twenties dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They had no idea who we were supposed to be.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
While Chris and I obviously make most of our costumes, often it is considerably easier and surprisingly cheaper to buy some pieces premade.
This year we’ve gone to so many different stores that I wanted to take notes, so I’ll remember where the best deals are for next year. And if you haven’t finished your costume shopping, maybe you can benefit from this too.
We always start with the thrift and vintage stores. While there are plenty of thrift stores that have better deals and politics than Value Village, VV always has the biggest selection of second hand stuff. So if we don’t have a full day to spend combing through the racks of Ottawa’s vintage shops and charity stores, Value Village is the best bet.
Starting in September, VV stocks a wide selection of brand new costumes and accessories, but you’re usually better off looking for the real vintage items. Case in point: this authentic military cap cost less than $3, the cheap vinyl costume version was closer to $30.
These stores that pop up in the fall and then pack up and leave the first week of November have a great selection of accessories and props. The prices are fairly high and the quality is pretty low, so I usually only go there when I don’t think I can find what I’m looking for anywhere else. This year they’re offering a 20% off coupon on their website, but the best deals will be the day after Halloween when they usually mark everything down 50%.
While it has the best quality stuff, Malabar also has the highest prices to go with it. You can often find some of the same accessories available at Malabar for cheaper at Value Village and Spirit Halloween, but the really cool stuff you won’t find anywhere else. While you’re at Malabar you should pick up your tickets for the Great Pumpkin Ball.
I always forget about Party Packagers until we’ve already gone everywhere else, and then I find out that I could have saved myself a bunch of money, since they carry many of the same things as Spirit Halloween and the Value Village Halloween section.
This year I looked everywhere for cheap toy grenades. The ones I did find at dollar stores were ridiculously tiny. After almost giving up I finally found the perfect set at Party Packagers.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
on the hill
There were so many zombies! The shuffling, moaning parade stretched over several city blocks, stopping traffic and leaving a trail of fake blood along the way.
zombie Moammar Gadhafi? I thought they shot him in the head
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
As promised, our entry for the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition is now available for your viewing pleasure (and apocalypse preparation research).
When the zombie outbreak hits, our plan is to head for the Diefenbunker, Canada's biggest Cold War nuclear shelter. Built in the late 1950s and capable of withstanding a blast equivalent to 5 million tons of TNT, the once secret underground bunker is now open to the public as a museum.
A group of determined survivors could easily convert the site into a sustainable colony, safe from the hordes of undead roaming the earth.
Originally designed to hold 535 government officials and military personnel for 30 days, the 4 underground levels provide ample space for 50 people to live indefinitely.
To make the bunker fully self-sufficient, the survivors need only install the equipment for power generation and farming. 193 solar panel arrays on the south-facing hillside would produce enough energy for the entire complex. While the surrounding area is ideally suited for agriculture, survivors could produce all they needed within the safety of the walls.
based on this design
The site also has many useful features including a parking lot that serves as a helicopter landing pad, a functional radio tower and full communications studio, an underground garage for heavy equipment and a community library.
You can vote for our design by giving it a thumbs up here. Be sure to check out some of the other entries, there are some really impressive ones!
I wish we hadn't run out of time and computing power, our Sketch-Up drawings look pretty crude compared to some of the truly gorgeous renderings. Some of my favourites: z1611, z1505 & z1629
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
I recently downloaded a bunch of fun fonts and brushes for Photoshop (mostly to use on our Zombie Safe House project). I wanted to play around a bit with them, so I offered to make a concert poster for a friend.
poster inspired by this great tutorial
If you've never been to Zuni Grill I highly recommend you go to taste their coconut shrimp. Yum!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Chris and I went to Beau's Oktoberfest again this year and had a fantastic time. What's not to love about the perfect combination of good beer, good music and great friends?
We camped overnight and I'm so glad we had Bertha to sleep in. The folks in tents must have been very brave, or very drunk! It's definitely starting to feel like tuque and mittens weather.