Sushi: My Favorite Halloween Costume

This week, I received a request for a photo of my sushi costume. This is by far my favorite Halloween costume thus far. And it is made completely out of reused materials. So not only is the wasabi green, but the rest of the costume, as well. Gotta love that.

I made this sometime during law school and wore it for a couple of years in a row. But since moving to DC, my Halloween costumes were boxed and stored away in my parents’ attic. I’m pretty certain if you were to stop by, you could find remnants of my attempt to create a match, bottle of bubbles and bubble wand (which really looked like a green condom), lady bug, rocket man, love letters, and more. I love Halloween! Mainly because it is a great opportunity to come up with a creative costume. I have no interest in dressing up like another person. I am all about the inanimate objects. But this aspect of my life was lost in transition to DC. Maybe one day, we’ll return to dressing up because I am all for it!

So how did I make the sushi costume?

Aside from my clothes and the packing peanuts, all of my materials came from The Scrap Exchange. If you have access to a Creative Reuse Center, that is a great place to start.

I started with this sheer white sheeting, which I believe is used for some kind of insulation. Actually, I don’t know what it is. I always wanted to use it to drape over my parents’ unfinished basement ceiling. The consistency of the fabric is very similar to Japanese papers.

Figure out your length to go over your head and down to your waist. You will also need space for the fullness created from the peanuts. You can’t see from this photo, but I cut out a hole for my head. Then I tucked the front flap into the neck of my shirt. It probably only covered the top of my chest inside of my long-sleeve t-shirt. Be sure to give yourself extra room because you don’t want it to pull on your neck and choke you.

I took my glue gun and created a giant envelope with this sheeting. I sealed the back seam, rolled up the bottom, and added my peanuts. Then I cut the hole and worked to find the right balance of peanuts. Once everything seemed like the perfect amount of “rice,” I sealed up the neck hole and front of my outfit.

Now for the tuna…

The tuna is layered sheets of pink insulation. I layered those with my glue gun, as well. Once I created a thickness that seemed somewhat satisfying, I softened the shape into a more nigri-like shape by carving it with a knife. Before affixing the tuna to the rice, I added a remnant of chartreuse fabric to represent the wasabi.

The final touch, a belt made out of seaweed, or another form of insulation sheeting. Although a little heavier, the sheeting is similar to the white fabric used to contain the rice.

My general strategy is to create costumes based around comfortable clothes that I actually own. This outfit was the most comfortable, because those are my pajama pants and a t-shirt. How can you beat that? One year, I wore my hair in a ponytail and inserted chopsticks, as well.

I must say that a lot of people don’t know what you are from a front shot. Once people asked, I would crouch down and assume the position of a piece of sushi. If you want to really take this outfit to the next level, you could do some kind of amazing screen printing on your clothes to make it look like the rice had been dipped in soy sauce. That would be awesome.

Happy Halloweek!

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  1. Amber Lovette

    Remember when you and I dressed up as bags of jelly beans in the 10th grade? That was one of my favorite Halloween nights. I was just telling Micah about it the other day. I agree w/inanimate objects…I’ve also been a bunch of grapes and a hershey’s kiss.

  2. Caroline Armijo

    You’re right! I just thought about that costume last night. I also tried to recreate it my freshman year of college, but it ended up sitting in the trunk of John Palmer’s car.

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