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Etsomnia™ 108: Costume Madness 2016

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Unicorns, now with more dildo.

Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. the surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.)

Bestie, Beloved, and our crew are currently casting about for 1. something to do on Halloween, and 2. something to BE for Halloween. We’ve all been so busy this year, we haven’t had any time to think about it, and suddenly, it’s nearing the end of September. Yipe!

If you throw enough money at it, there are some truly spectacular, Hollywood-worthy costumes to be had on Etsy. Last year, in fact, I made a thorough examination of Etsy’s highest-priced costume items. This year, though, I’m on a budget and looking for something to wear!

Some of the costumes I encountered defied description. There were the usual tragedies, some exceptionally beauties, some bad jokes, some good jokes, and some costumes so uncomfortable, I couldn’t even post their pictures.

For more Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts.

Pepperoni pizza is what the best-dressed vermin are wearing this year. By Custommadebybethany

Pepperoni pizza is what the best-dressed vermin are wearing this year. We’ve been off carbs for so many months, I suspect Beloved would find this really sexy. By Custommadebybethany

JarJar Binks even makes a stupid hat.

I would have thought that the only good Jar Jar Binks is a dead one. I was mistaken. There is no good Jar Jar Binks.

Do I know what they are? No, I do not. But I love them anyway! By HelenBudniatsky

Do I know what they are? No, I do not. But I love them anyway! By HelenBudniatsky

You could make quite an entrance in this gorgeous cape! Of course, you'd also sweep the floors every time you took a step, but it's really spectacular. By CostureroReal

I call this a Roomba costume. Although it’s gorgeous, it will also sweep the floor as you walk and pick up every bit of animal hair, dust, cigarette ash, and spilled beer you pass. By CostureroReal

I love this in theory, but I suspect I would regret wearing it to the parade in the NYPD family viewing area. By LOLLIDZ

Great hat, though I suspect I would regret wearing it to the NYPD family viewing area at the parade. By the nice folks at LOLLIDZ (who also make this!)

“What did you go as for Halloween?”
“Second base.”

I assume this Left Shark costume comes with a bottle of Fireball and a long straw.

I assume this Left Shark costume comes with a bottle of Fireball and a long straw.

A search for costume hat turns up some crazy shit. Bah-dum-bum.

My search for costume hats turned up some crazy shit. Bah-dum-bum.

Damn me and my stupid expensive taste! By RomanticThreads

Damn me and my stupid expensive taste! By RomanticThreads

Very tempting, but it looks uncomfortable. I'm only willing to endure discomfort in the name of sexy. By DaNeeNa

Very cool, but it isn’t really my style. My costumes are either  100% guy or super girly! By DaNeeNa

Now this, I can definitely work with! By SiminsCreations

This is a "light-up Lisa Frank costume." I don't know who Lisa Frank is, but if she's older than 12, somebody needs to give her a drug test.

“Light-up Lisa Frank costume.” I don’t know who Lisa Frank is, but if she’s older than 12, somebody needs to give her a drug test.

Child abuse, pure and simple.

Child abuse, pure and simple.

This is so good, I'm pretty sure I'm going to dream about it tonight. By 12Reign

This is so good, I’m pretty sure I’m going to dream about it tonight. By 12Reign

Allegedly inspired by Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" costume, this looks more to me like "Desperate Mouse."

Allegedly inspired by Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” costume, this looks more to me like “Craft Store Egyptian Mouse.”

Not only is this knitted Alien face-hugger ugly, what do you think it's going to smell like after the first half hour?

Not only is this knitted Alien face-hugger ugly, but after the first half hour, it’s going to smell like saliva and poor personal choices in there.

In light of Zika, this mosquito costume seems in particularly bad taste this year.

Spider Derp is not a terrible band name.

Band name of the day: Spider Derp

This costume is called the "Bone Ranger," and I leave it up to your imagination how exactly one would wear it.

This costume is called the “Bone Ranger,” and I leave it up to your imagination how exactly one would wear it.

Outstanding moon mask! By Kolossos

I know just how he feels! Outstanding moon mask by Kolossos

Reader caption time! 

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 108: Costume Madness 2016

  1. Wow. I love that teal dress…that leather outfit…wow wow wow!

    I did have a spit moment when I read the caption…second base. Well done!

    I thought the alien crocheted thingy was very clever. Loved it. The moon…awesome. I giggled at the pizza rodent. I really have never thought about dressing up the mice in the chicken coop…but hey, now that I have…I am thinking sunflower seed costumes so the chickens will do some “cleaning”. Maybe cockroach.

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  2. The last dude looking like a retired Vegas show girl…he just looks creepy. Like silence of the lambs creepy. What are you…about a size 14? I still can’t listen to the Tom Petty song “American Girl” the same way.

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  3. “Phantom of the Opera’s younger half-brother, Milton.”

    I am going to have to take off work today so I can ponder the reality that there are people out there who actually dress up their rodents.

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  4. Love the leather vest thing!

    “Someone’s going home alone tonight!”

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  5. What outstanding finds. What a pity that those that are outstanding in the positive way are so very expensive. I actually own a plush facehugger (my kids buy me random Mother’s Day presents) so I rather liked the crocheted one – though I agree it is not practical as a costume.

    Hmmmm….Caption contest…. “For the fifth year in a row, Liberace won the village scarecrow competition”. I had to go with either Liberace or a serial killer.

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  6. In the 90s, my girls craved stickers, note pads, and glittery pens designed by Lisa Frank. Yes, she appeals to 12-year-olds.

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