Halloween is such a magical time of year, isn’t it?
Ghouls and goblins prancing about…bats and ghosts flying around hither and yon, bald Governors trying various costume ideas on for size: It’s a veritable cauldron of chaos that’s bubbling up in it.
Wait. What? Did I just poke at MD Governor Larry Hogan’s baldness – which came about as a result of his chemotherapy to fight cancer? Why, yes – yes, I did. “Oh my,” you scream (or at least think), “How cruel!”
Actually, I’m not being cruel in the least – considering I never once mentioned Larry Hogan’s new “aerodynamic” (a word he used to describe his own appearance just yesterday) look until Governor Hogan mentioned it himself.
Once he opened up that can of worms about his appearance, anyone – including yours truly – is free to mention it, dissect it…even ridicule it, if desired. It’s an unspoken rule of writing. If the subject of your writing mentions it – no matter what “it” is – it’s no longer off limits. Regardless, especially considering the reasons for it, I don’t want to dissect or ridicule his baldness. I want to stay “true” to the reason Larry Hogan called his appearance “aerodynamic” – so let’s just keep this in the same vein in which he inserted this spike: Halloween costume ideas.
In a post making the rounds on Facebook yesterday, Governor Hogan was asking folks to tell him who he should be for Halloween – based largely on his newfound baldness. He even went so far as to offer some suggestions: Mister. Clean (now THERE’S a laugh), Vin Diesel, Kojak and the like.
However, pretty much just as I was thinking that there was someone else Hogan greatly (if not mostly) resembled, my good and great friend, the inimitable J. Doug Gill (writer and former radio host) posted a picture to my Facebook wall, a picture confirming I was not alone in thinking who it was Governor Hogan should be for Halloween:
(Governor Hogan unveils his new cost efficient energy program)
Yep, Uncle Fester of the Addams Family. Regardless of the build-up, how many of you didn’t immediately think of Larry Hogan upon seeing that picture? Exactly.
(Uncle Fester dresses up as the scariest thing imaginable – a politician – for Halloween)
Call me old fashioned, but I believe Halloween costumes should be “creepy and kooky, mysterious and ooky.” Considering how creepy and spooky a place Annapolis is these days – and considering that the Addams Family pretty much owns the farm on such things…not to mention the fact that I consider the resemblance between Hogan and Fester to be, absolutely stunning and uncanny – Fester is the perfect Halloween costume for Governor Larry Hogan, light bulb optional.
Now, I understand that Governor Hogan may not see his Halloween costume choice this way. I’m sure he’d rather go as Mr. Clean or one of the more “dashing” bald options, rather than as Gomez’ bumbling uncle. It is, after all, human nature to paint yourself in the best light possible – but that’s just too bad. In fact, I really do think this Uncle Fester-thing has some genuine staying power for him, as long as he doesn’t let his hair grow back in once done with his chemo.
And, as I intimated earlier – don’t jump down my throat for writing this piece. Governor Hogan personally opened the damned door for it, y’all!