The Hottest Halloween

With big money up for grabs at costume contests this weekend, the emphasis is on hand-made originality and totally becoming your character

Yu Shing Ting
Friday - October 28, 2005
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Brownies and a Cub Scout at Wave Waikiki
Brownies and a Cub Scout at Wave Waikiki

Fook Yu and Fook Mi from Austin Powers 2 were the favorites at a past costume contest at Ocean Club
Fook Yu and Fook Mi from Austin Powers 2
were the favorites at a past costume contest at
Ocean Club

Get creative this Halloween and you might just walk away with some big money.

Today starts a long weekend of Halloween festivities with countless businesses and organizations stirring up some spooktacular events, including those highly publicized costume contests offering killer prizes and giveaways.

But what’s the secret to a great costume? Dan Cook may not be dressing up as Linda Lingle this Halloween, but he sure made more than just a few laugh when he dressed the part in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Gridiron Show at Diamond Head Theatre. In the same show, KITV morning weather anchor/reporter Ben Gutierrez was hysterical as Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

“When you put on a costume you have to really become the character,” says Gutierrez about what makes a great costume. “You don’t just be that somebody else from head to toe. You got to be it inside and out. And you have to have fun with it.


“I have seen people dress up for Halloween and they put on a costume and they put on the character and it’s a real kick. I think Halloween is a fun holiday. I usually don’t do costumes for Halloween, but I have a lot more fun with it than other holidays. It’s not as stressful as Christmas.”

For his character as Mufi, Gutierrez used a wig and drywall stilts. And he plays other characters too, including former Governor Ben Cayetano.

The Smurfs made an appearance at Ocean Club
The Smurfs made an appearance at Ocean
Club

“For Cayetano (the theater) supplies the wig and mustache, and I supply the voice, the clothes, the squint and the perma-frown that he sort of has,” laughs Guiterrez, who also works in theater. He recently directed Private Wars at Paliku Theater, and is now working on Charlotte’s Web.

Great costumes make a lasting impression. People not only remember them, they talk about it for years.

This headless woman won last year's costume contest at Ocean Club
This headless woman won last
year’s costume contest at
Ocean Club

Tony Silva of Da Braddahs got the attention of MidWeek editor Don Chapman when he played Don Ho during an appearance at the Perry & Price show.

“First you have to have the outfit,” says Silva on what makes a great costume. “I have about 20 different Don Ho outfits. You also have to be a great actor to pull off the costume. You have to look like him, act like him and you got to be that costume from start to finish.”

A human lamp lights up Wave Waikiki
A human lamp lights up Wave
Waikiki

Luckily for Silva, it takes little work for him to get into his Don Ho costume. And while you won’t see him in any costume contest this year, Silva admits to entering one in the 1980s when he dressed up as an alien and won $500.

“It was made out of chicken wire and paper mache, and it weighed 25 pounds,” he recalls. “Whatever the costume you choose, once you’ve made the decision, you have to sell out all the way. Play it out and have fun. If there is no fun involved, then don’t do it.”

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