Seth's Halloweens - 1998

1998 Halloween Party

Bill threw a halloween party at his place. Alas, no pictures of Bill, but several of his guests.

The Velcro

Lilly rushes to finish the velcro loops. On the table, you can see the candles we used to make the hooks.

Seth and Lilly, posing and adhering. In the spirit of dressing up, Seth is wearing the loops and Lilly is wearing the hooks.

The main ingredient to this costume was zip ties. You know, those plastic things you keep cables neat with? They go "zip" when you pull them tight, thus "zip ties". Some unimaginative people call them cable ties, but that doesn't begin to describe the range of their uses, as we've demonstrated here.

The loops were relatively simple. Each was a single zip tie looped through the mounting mat. I'm not sure what the mats were supposed to be for. Maybe they were meant to go on a dining room table under the centerpiece. In any case, they make good velcro backing.

The hooks were responsible for the bulk of our labor. To make a single hook, bend it carefully over a candle. After it cools, test it by hooking a pencil behind it and flicking it out. If you burned the hook or bent it too severely, the hook will snap off in two or three pieces and fly across the room. If it survives, trim the proper end and toss it on the pile. When you have enough (or when you're already late to the party), mount four or five hooks in a line by threading them through the mat and threading one normal zip tie through the heads of the hooks. Repeat until you're really late. We made about 400 hooks, but ran out of time and only mounted about 300.

It really did work, and it made a neat ripping sound when pulled apart.

The Mats Revealed

Thanks to my wise friends, I have been promoted from Clueless to Mostly Ignorant by the Friends of the Lowly Mat Foundation.

Lilly informs:

The mats were shelf lining, from the shelf liner section in Home Depot. It's rubbery soft so you can stick glasses on them (usually upside down). It's got holes because often the glasses are still wet, or can use the breathing holes. Plus it makes it squishier.

I was there in Home Depot when we bought them. This should give you some insight into my remarkable powers of observation.

Marie adds:

Well, I use one of these mats on top of a towel underneath my dish-drying rack. This way, the water drips from the dishes through the rack, through the mat and onto the towel, so that I end up with a wet rack, a wet mat and a wet towel, instead of just a wet rack and a wet towel. It's really handy!


Robert is disguised as a penguin disguised as a chicken. Perhaps you've seen his likeness at the post office.


Ian Folding Chair and Marie Q-Tip, as themselves.


Sharon spins a web any size, catches thieves just like flies.


Mike and Fred, each dressed as Mike. This picture does not do the likeness justice.


Qarin's ready for school.