Feeling Kind of Spooky: My Halloween Costume From the First Grade (Review)

With Halloween quickly approaching, here is a spooky review (emphasis on spooky) about a Halloween costume I wore over two decades ago. Now, I don’t have any pictures of this costume. Coming from deeply religious parents, most of the pictures from my youth revolve around going to church and Christmas. Although, there is the occasional vacation picture (us going to church on vacation). Granted, Halloween was probably not celebrated back in their country. So for my parents, Halloween didn’t translate with the same sentiment we have here in the U.S., so unfortunately no picture of this moment. But to supplement the absence of an actual image, I’ll try my best to provide some visual context with other pictures from the internet.

Fortunately for me, I had four other siblings before me to establish the practice of Trick or Treating with my parents. So despite probably not truly understanding Halloween, my mom would still take us out to do that. In the small Texas town that I’m from, being an Asian boy would have probably worked well enough as a Halloween costume. It’s original and just scary enough in a predominantly white town to pass, but it would have been too easy. So my mom got me a little devil costume that I assume came from a rummage sale (which can be spooky.) Though very religious, my mom somehow found it okay for me to dress up as one of her worst fears.

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She’s also God-fearing. Also, do they still make Savage Dragon comics?

The devil costume had three components: a one piece, a cape, and a hood. The one piece was red (obviously) and baggy with a long pointed tail (no goat legs). It also featured a trident branded on the chest as if Satan needed some sort of logo to distinguish himself from other demons, or he’s some sort of superhuman (but I guess he’d be known as Trident Man which is very lame). My costume was very similar to this:

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…but as equally, if not more, spooky and sexy

The cape was red and simple. No markings (not even a pentagram or sacrificial image, very disappointing). The hood, also red (surprisingly), had two horns. Now that I think about it, the devil costume was more akin to the one the kid from the movie Problem Child wore.

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…except not as tight or ginger-ish.

Oh, I completely forgot that the costume included its own candy bag. If memory serves me right, it looked like a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos. But instead of Chester, it had a weird picture of a demon and said “Hot Stuff” on it (because everyone knows the Devil roams around Hell with bags of hellfire and brimstone with cautionary text on it.)

The costume wasn’t exactly scary, I guess unless you’re a Vietnam War veteran with PTSD (but that probably wouldn’t be due to the costume). It was more “cute” than terrifying which was probably intended for a costume for a 6 year-old. As far as practicality goes, it worked well. I put on the costume and was able to Trick or Treat without anyone questioning if I was in costume or not. However, it did not get me more candy than my brother and sister. Perhaps because the costume wasn’t scary enough, or maybe I was too convincing as the Devil that people didn’t want to gamble their prospect of Heaven by giving additional candy (like an offering) to Lucifer himself. Or maybe it’s because of the unspoken rule that you only get one piece of candy per house. Oh, well. The costume was also made of a really thin cloth, so I still had to wear a jacket. It really ruined the effect of the costume, because who would believe that Satan would walk around with a Bugle Boy jean jacket on.

Overall, it was a pretty decent costume and did what is was supposed to do. It was definitely way better than those Ben Cooper costumes which was essentially a poorly drawn mask and a plastic bag with a graphic on it.

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Lucifer? More like Loser-fer.

My First Grade Devil Costume: 4 out of 5 pieces of candy

 

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Feeling Kind of Burned: Whelps to Wyrms (Board Game)

If there is one thing a board game creator strives for, it’s getting a seal of approval from Feeling Kind of Something (a blog with about six posts and no direction and has absolutely nothing to do with board games).

Whelps to Wyrms was designed by a good friend of mine Ricky Perez with the help of Lamp Light Games and is currently in its crowdfunding stage on Kickstarter. After two days, the game has successfully funded, but there is still time to pledge support and meet stretch goals…and “them stretch goals y’all” (I’m so sorry). I don’t normally recommend something unless it has to deal with food (…or nudity), but I would highly recommend this board game. It gets my seal of approval (which I assume would be a badge that says “S’okay!” in comic sans font).

Whelps to Wyrms is a tile exploration board game where you level-up your newly-hatched dragon by gaining experience through your run-of-the-mill draconic destruction and chaos. This will give you the edge against other opponents’ dragons to collect gold, ravage the land, and battle each other. At the end of the game when there are no more objectives to draw from the deck, the dragon that has the most gold is declared the victor. But other dragons are not the only obstacles to overcome. There are characters called Slayers that your opponents get to use against you to thwart your victory. Fortunately, you also have access to Slayers to return the favor. Altogether, it proves to be a very fun and engaging experience.

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My first and only playthrough was with Ricky himself, and I was met with bitter defeat. Because as the game designer, I’m sure he knows how to cheat the other players (I’m a sore loser…I flipped the table). Now, I’m not familiar enough with the board game (or writing in general) to give you a thorough review, but I was impressed by the overall mechanics of Whelps to Wyrms. It’s fairly simple. You take turns making a certain amount of actions depending on how your dragon has grown. These actions will allow you to simply explore or raise hell over the lands. One of my favorite features was each dragon had its own unique abilities, and you had to gain experience in order to unlock them. It’s an RPG element I’ve grown accustomed to in my years of video gaming and appreciated that it was a component in Whelps. The artwork is something to behold as well. Now once again I’m not familiar with something (specifically the board game industry this time), but Ricky informed me that he was able to get some of the best artists in the biz (that’s slang for business) to do all the artwork. It helps you appreciate the game even more.

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But me talking about the game in general terms provides it no justice. If you’re in the market for an engaging board game that plays 2-5 players or enjoy the thought of raising a dragon (or three; am I right Game of Thrones fans?!) to reign destruction, Whelps to Wyrms is the board game for you. Please go support it on Kickstarter!

Whelps to Wyrms, S’okay! out of 10