Some folks love Christmas. Some favor Thanksgiving. But for geeks, Halloween is the best holiday. It is the time of year when we can throw on our cosplay and journey outside the convention. I have luckily passed this excitement on to my next generation of little geeks. We have had little vampires, Robin (Young Justice version), Hermione Granger, gladiators and an awesome Athena complete with her owl. So this year, my nine year old wanted to be Deadpool. He has been to several conventions and had a good sense of the variety of cosplay adaptations. My wonderful wife asked me if Deadpool was a good guy or a bad guy. And that’s when things got a bit more difficult.
My son and I launched into a description that really played to Deadpool and his many heroic attributes. Unfortunately, Google doesn't really make it easy to hide the darker side of Wade Wilson. It quickly reveals that his checkered past leans a little more to the dark side. Worse yet, reviews of his self-named video game on many websites highlight the mature nature of the jokes and the violence. Deadpool as a hero is a really hard sell. However, one reality check later, we realized that to our son, Deadpool was just the comic relief in Lego Marvel Super Heroes and we needed to make the most of our few precious years of Trick or Treating.
The next big lesson learned this year was two fold. First, don’t wait until the last minute to try to find a Deadpool costume for a nine year old. Apparently, good ones are extremely difficult to track down. Second, the awesome looking one on Amazon actually has to ship from somewhere in China. And, remarkably even though it can get here in time thanks to Fedex, the sizing chart does not really correlate with the size that was shipped. (PS: always read the fine print and pay attention to the shipping prices.) Luckily, with a little creative use of duct tape and accessories, Deadpool gets to go clean up on some candy!