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I am not the big­gest fan of cos­tume par­ties, but that hasn’t al­ways been the case. Like our 20-year-old daugh­ter, I love Hal­loween and the dress-up that goes with it. There are a few cos­tume-themed char­ity func­tions dur­ing the year, and one of the big­gest is the Child & Fam­ily Ser­vice Fall Gala.

My wife and I were in­vited guests last year, and the theme was An Evening Around the World, where guests were asked to dress in eth­nic cos­tumes from any­where on the planet. It was great fun, and every­one was into dressing up.

to a cos­tume shop — but the pick­ings were slim. I ended up dressing as a Mari­achi and my wife as a Senorita.

Our cos­tumes were a hit, al­though I wasn’t im­me­di­ately rec­og­nized for what I dressed up as. At one point that night, I iden­tity as a Mex­i­can restau­rant waiter (see photo be­low).

This year, for the same gala, my wife and I are host­ing a ta­ble. The theme is Lights! Cam­era! Ac­tion!, and guests can dress up as their fa­vorite movie, TV or stage char­ac­ter. We de­cided to put our own cos­tumes to­gether.

She was go­ing to go as the Atomic Blonde (Char­l­ize Theron), and I was go­ing to go as James Bond (Daniel Craig). I know, I know, that’s a huge stretch for me, but since I al­ready had a white tuxedo jacket like he wore in Spec­tre, all I had to do was get some tem­po­rary hair color to make my­self blonde.

My wife went to Party City and bought a cheap blonde wig. own clothes and get ac­ces­sories from our daugh­ter.

She did a dress rehearsal for me, and I was pretty blown away by her re­sem­blance to the movie char­ac­ter, only pret­tier. OK, that was a bla­tant kiss-up, but you have to give me credit for try­ing.

Any­way, I put on my cos­tume, and we de­cided to show our daugh­ter to see if she could rec­og­nize us. My wife walked out and our daugh­ter ex­claimed, “Awe­some, Mom! You look just like the Atomic Blonde!” Then it was my turn.

Less en­thu­si­as­tic, my daugh­ter said, “Pretty good, Dad. Are you an old surfer waiter?” rna­ga­sawa@mid­

The au­thor as a “Mex­i­can restau­rant waiter”

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