Crazy Kellogg Costumes for KWEST

When you’re at Kellogg, one thing you cannot avoid is Costume Parties. Perhaps this is a big American thing that I missed out on after spending nearly 8 years overseas, but it’s surprising how many students brought costumes with them, ready for the seemingly weekly costume parties.

In particular, Kellogg LOVES neon. I do not know why, but I have heard that this is definitely more of a Kellogg trend than a MBA or American costume one. Also, Kellogg students would have tended to write this blog title as Krazy Kellogg Kostumes for Kwest but I try to avoid any type of multiple K acronyms for likely-obvious reasons. Plus, since I’m part of the MMM program, and part of Michael Musical Mondays for the MMM program, letter-repetition acronym craziness is already rampant.

Right now, I’m biking in the Netherlands, but I wrote this last week, during finals. I’ve never really done costumes before, but really wanted to do something fun for KWEST, which are student-run trips all over the world welcoming many Kellogg students to their first experience of Kellogg. I also like to think of it is the ultimate baller-life preview to the rest of your life.

Unfortunately, while it’s not free (nowhere near), KWEST is often told as the time you make your best friends at Kellogg. Trip mates are affectionately called Kwesties.

So that’s happening for me, right now.

But here’s what I prepared for the three costume parties we were told about.

3 Themes:

1. Wig

2. Begins with K (I did Kansas City Chief / Leon Sandcastle / Deion Sanders)

3. Star (I did Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants)

Leon Sandcastle was a character played by Deion Sanders as he tries to re-enter the NFL after he realizes no one knows about his football greatness anymore. Here’s a commercial from a couple of years ago:

The NFL ended up selling Sandcastle’s jersey. I’m a huge collector of sports jerseys, and doing a costume of something that began with K was just an excuse to go looking for new jerseys. Kansas City is the only significant sports city with K (Yes, I looked). I didn’t think of Leon Sandcastle at first, I was just looking at for Clearance jerseys when I saw it. My eyes lit up when my size (small) was the only one left. Unfortunately, they were in fact out of stock after all and I thought I had to give up the dream. I thought of doing Seattle Sonics legend Shawn Kemp for a few days, but I had really loved the idea of Sandcastle with his afro. Fortunately, I had posted my problem on a jersey forum and a nice member there actually called and told me he knew where he could get me one, and he got it for me, no extra price. A truly awesome guy. Total price was $65 (originally retailed for $110).

To complete the look, I bought Under Armour armbands ($9), compression long sleeve top and compression bottom ($20 * 2), wig ($8), and facial hair / moustache ($5).

For Patrick Star, I got some ideas from Kim and Ha about how to do it. I didn’t want to do a real costume or a 1 piece, but wanted components I could use for real life. I ended up getting a salmon shirt (looks slightly orange in the photo) for $10, along with this Patrick Star Crochet Hat for $30 and bright green board shorts for $17. The board shorts / swimming trunks were something I had in a different color already and are great for swimming.

To give my Afro another use, I wanted to be Stretch / Dr. J / Old School NYC Basketball Player from NBA Street, but I couldn’t find the right NYC / basketball vintage shirt to go with the Afro. I did get some nice sweat / track pants for the future though: Champion Men’s Retro Rugby Pant. I think eventually I’ll find the right shirt – a vintage Harlem Globetrotters shirt might do the trick too.


Champion Men's Retro Rugby Pant, Oxford Gray, Small

What do you think? How did I do?

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