I hope you were ready for Halloween before the actual holiday because if you went to the store to get plastic fangs to complete a last minute Edward Cullen costume, you were toast. The stores had already stripped the seasonal aisles of all things spooky and replaced them with all things jolly.
It’s sad that on October 31st it’s easier to find candy canes than candy corn.
Luckily, I didn’t need any last minute costume components. I just needed more trick-or-treat candy because I’d already eaten what I bought a few days earlier. I knew what I was going to be for Halloween back in May.
When I saw the “Laughing Chewbacca Mask Lady” video, I had to have that mask. I didn’t bother trying to get one during the craze after the video went viral and the mask went from forgotten clearance bins to eBay bidding wars. Patiently, I waited for the hype to die down (and for my 30% off Kohl’s coupon), then I snagged my new favorite possession a couple weeks before Halloween. I didn’t wait to try it out though.
When it arrived I ripped open the box, put it on and ran around the house terrorizing my family. They thought I was cracked, but they laughed. You can’t help but laugh when someone puts on that mask. That’s why that lady’s video was crazy popular.
The mouth of the mask moves with the mouth of the wearer and emits those famously funky Chewy noises. Did you know Chewbacca’s voice was created by the original movie sound designer, who combined the noises of walrus, lion, camel, bear, rabbit, tiger and badger? Even more bizarre is that he recorded those sounds from his own personal pet collection.
I googled to find out the origin of the Wookiee’s wacky vocals – not because I’m a Star Wars buff. Quite the contrary. I didn’t even see the first three movies until a decade after the last one came out. And I only watched them because I noticed my friend’s purchase of the new collector’s edition of “The Trilogy” on VHS and happened to mention I’d never seen them. He forcefully handed me his set and insisted I go right home and watch the films that changed movie-making and therefore the world.
I’ve seen all the movies now, but I still don’t really dig Star Wars much. I just really dig my mask. I loved wearing it while driving around on Halloween and having people in cars next to me do a double take. I loved wearing it to eat sushi with my friends. I loved wearing it into a fro-yo place and around town doing errands. I loved the reaction of trick-or-treaters when I opened the door and warbled at them as I handed out candy.
Everyone laughed and I love things that make me, and others, laugh.
I know I can probably only get away with wearing my mask in public on Halloween without arousing suspicion and getting thrown in jail with the clowns, but there’s no way the mask is going back in the box for a whole year.
It’s going to make lots of great memories for my family (and a few select friends and neighbors).