Six weeks ago I received an unprecedented amount of traffic to my website. Upon further investigation , I discovered that people were googling “Pablo Escobar Halloween Costume” which led to a prior post of mine.
And now this infamous post is a top entry on page one of Google searches under this topic. Last year, I dressed up as Pablo, the cocaine trafficker, as homage to Netflix’s newest series, Narcos. The original series is a biography of one of the most notorious drug lords who ever lived. The series is so well conceived and executed, I felt compelled to channel Pablo, despite being a woman.
Since the show’s debut, it has garnered a vast following. It was just a matter of time before fans would choose the protagonist, Pablo, for this year’s Halloween costume. I pride myself in being an oracle for forecasting fashion trends and now I can claim this talent for predicting Halloween costume trends as well.
So, what could I conceive for this year’s costume? The requirements are low cost, minutes to create, must look insane and resonate with Americans. Here GOES… I would dress up as a rolling, human representation of a Dollar Tree store.
I wrote a blog post a few years ago about America’s deification of all things cheap. Down and dirty goods will always be a mainstay in today’s economy. With that in mind, I looked towards the Dollar Tree for inspiration in creating this year’s costume.
A friend accompanied me on this shopping trip who shares my sense of humor and loves to mess with people as much as I do.
Minutes after walking into the store, we stopped an employee and asked:
“Excuse me, can you show us where your higher end dollar store finds are? We’re hoping you can point us to the $1.25 section? We’re looking for fashion scarves, shoes and hats?” It was nearly impossible to contain our laughter. The employee was very professional and took our request to heart. She directed us to the “fashion” section for scarves and plastic neon hats.
As we plied through the goods, our creativity ran amok. Oven mitts were flying, wreathes were wrangled, tinsel abounded and we threaded it through the wheelchair tire spokes. In the midst of this frenzy and uncontrollable laughter, we grabbed bags upon bags of pork rinds to fuel this mania. And…voila! A costume was born.