Happy Halloween from Gomez & Morticia
I’ve been so damn excited for Halloween this year especially since we decided that we were going to go as Morticia & Gomez Addams. The Addams Family movies came out when Jade and I were both in grade school, right around that impressionable age where seeing them would really make a difference in how we see Halloween as adults. I freakin’ loved them. I watched the cartoon, had the lunch box, constantly wore my Addams Family Values Lurch t-shirt (to school, to camp, even to church). Read the Addams Family books too. When I found out the movies were based on the 1960’s television show, I would stay up late and watch them on Nick at Night. I think we both have quoted and attempted to embody Wednesday’s frank and apathetic demeanor at least a few times a week in our adolescence. I never got the opportunity to dress up as one of them for Halloween, which is something I always regretted. So when Jade and I started brainstorming for our costumes this year a few months ago, as soon as she came up with the Morticia & Gomez idea, I immediately jumped on it.
Our costumes ended up being a mix of the classic Addams Family television show and the more sexualized 90’s movie version, with a few subtle nods to the Broadway version as well (since I love Nathan Lane). Gathering the different elements for our costumes is usually our favorite part of the experience. I found my suit at Goodwill and, surprisingly, it fit rather well considering it was tailored for some stranger. We tested our luck and found both of our wigs online as well as Jade’s plunging V dress. My mustache was from the local party shop turned Halloween outlet. My skeleton hand pins on my collar were a special gift for my costume from Jade. We found the parasol at one of Portland’s famous adult shops, Fantasy for Adults Only; where you can buy a very convincing pirate costume, edible underwear, and knee high dominating boots all at the same time! We kept our eyes peeled during October while we’ve run our errands around town for cobwebbed gates, gothic arches or decrepit stone work. Anything and everything that would lend itself to our costume shoot with that perfect spooky ambiance.
The last elements to pull off the complete costume were the additional props; a blood red rose for Morticia and an almost comically large cigar for Gomez. I’m not a smoker, but knew I would have to light that baby up. All I can say is that I had to brush my teeth at least twice after that. Bluh. I think the only thing we were missing is the awesome Addams Family Rolls Royce, so we could slink around town like a couple of high class ghouls. We already have ideas for next year’s costumes, but I won’t give you much of a hint. Until then, live long and prosper.