Vampire? Doctor? Zombie? How about trying to be a little more creative and going with a celebrity that has made headlines recently. Michael Jackson? Kate Gosselin? (Jon & Kate plus 8) Lady GaGa? Bernie Madoff? This is the big question that everyone faces every year around this time. What am I going to be for Halloween?
If you live in or around Maryland, chances are that you have signed your check with one the Big Boyz Bail Bonds famous pink and yellow pens. The pens have become so popular that the Maryland Bail Bonds company recently launched a new website bigboyzpens.com that restaurants, businesses or individuals can go to and request big boyz pens for free. It's a good thing that they did! They recently received a request from a fan that said that she wanted to be a Big Boyz Pen for Halloween.
Genya Shimkin, a 23-year-old young woman who works downtown for a public health non-profit came up with the idea after giving her friend one of the pens. "The idea actually came from a friend of mine. He's about to leave for Africa, so for his birthday I gave him a Big Boyz Pen- it's portable and will remind him of home while he's away. While chatting about the ubiquity of the pens, someone suggested it as a Halloween costume. I don't think they thought I'd go through with it."
Genya wore the costume last night to Nightmare on Bourbon Street. "The bouncers and staff totally got it, and were really excited," she said. "The crowd inside was mostly college students and many of them didn't get it at first. However, because my friends and I were handing out pens all night people caught on pretty quickly." Everyone loved the costume so much that they encouraged her to enter the costume contest that night, which sadly she didn't win. She has higher hopes for tomorrow night when she will be in Fells Point, "I think it will be a lot better in Fells Point, it will be a much larger crowd."
So, how can you become a Big Boyz Pen for Halloween you may be asking? This is how Genya did it. "Making the costume was a labor of love. I've never been a crafty person, so it was quite an undertaking. First I bought a white sweatsuit. Then I cut off the right sleeve, which I dyed pink. I dyed the rest of the suit yellow, and then sewed the sleeve back on. I used stencils to spray paint "Big Boyz Bail Bonds" up the right side. I bought pink slippers to match my pink hat (onto which I sewed a toilet paper roll covered in pink tissue paper) and the pink glove for my right hand. To complete the costume, I mixed red and white face paint and painted my entire face and neck. It was my first time dyeing, sewing, and spray painting!"