Don’t drag Abba into Theresa May’s dead cat dance | Stewart Lee | Opinion
T he only available room in Birmingham last Tuesday night was an Airbnb on Edward Street. Usually the Birmingham tourist board are giving them away free, with incentivising jars of Bovril and vouchers for the legendary Hurst Street cafe Mr Egg. “Eat like a king for under a pound!”
But tonight, Birmingham was buzzing. There was a heavy police presence, and Ladypool Road had run out of balti, which I assumed was because I was the opening comedian for local blue-collar Beefheartian post-punk survivors the Nightingales at the Hare & Hounds in King’s Heath.
However, when I got into the room, I found I was overlooking the International Convention Centre, the home of the room-gobbling 2018 Conservative party conference. After last year’s stand up stage-invasion debacle , I was surprised security checks had allowed a comedian like me within sight of the conference, and would like those responsible for this oversight to be spanked senseless in Josef K’s broom cupboard.
Perhaps I avoided being on the radar of security staff looking out for comedians because I am “about as funny as a bonfire in a burning orphanage. I thought comedy was sposed 2 b funny”, as you will doubtless say in the below-the-article comments online, Mr TrueBritExitEuropeKremlinbot19.
On Wednesday morning, staring over my laptop at the Conservative party conference venue, I assumed it would be easy to shit out Sunday’s thousand-word screed of liberal elite humour, but I was sick of the Tories, so I trawled the papers for other stories. Tuesday’s Independent newspaper headline “Planning glitch delays sex robot brothel”, a sentence in which almost every word suggests a story in its own right, seemed promising. But then I saw a photo of a sad-faced blond sex robot staring blankly out of the page, and I felt she had suffered enough ignominy without me adding to her woes.
I had the same feeling of mercy when I witnessed a mouse-faced Michael Gove eating wasabi peas alone in a Costa Coffee at Knutsford services last week, and quietly binned my latest Gove-mocking tract.
Then, that afternoon, in the van from Birmingham to Hackney’s fashionable Moth Club, Nightingales guitarist James Smith showed me a clip on his phone of Theresa May prancing uneasily to an Abba record, like a mantis with an inner ear infection.
Dead Cat strategies attempt to distract the public from some impending political disaster, but this was off the scale. Theresa May hadn’t so much thrown the dead cat on the table as slit it open, scooped out its guts, swallowed them whole, and worn its eviscerated feline body as some kind of hideous hat of gore.
Play Video 1:15 Theresa May dances on to the stage at the Tory party conference – video
Nonetheless, her idiotic Dead Cat Dance was received with loyal approval by the usual snap-on tools of democracy. James Cleverly, Conservative MP for Braintree, who despite having the word clever in his own name and the word brain in that of his constituency, found time to tweet, stupidly, “Great to see Theresa May dance on to the stage to Dancing Queen by ABBA. Classy.” This was something no one else anywhere in the world was thinking, as they watched, cringing with embarrassment, through their splayed fingers.
Meanwhile the Telegraph , a monochromatic shit-sheet which is given away free with water in WH Smiths, opined “Journalists gasped. Politicians burst into applause and laughter. Abba’s Dancing Queen played loud, and Theresa May shimmied her way to the podium.” Presumably I have spent my entire life misunderstanding the idea of shimmying. If I am ever hit by a car and have to crawl towards the edge of the road to die, trailing my guts behind me, I will be sure to think of myself as “shimmying” into the gutter.
And while her colleagues continue to nail Corbyn hard to the floor for his shortcomings, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg remains a friendly face that Theresa May visibly looks for in a difficult press conference, knowing she will throw her an easy question bone. Kuenssberg tweeted, “PM massive sense of humour alert – comes on to Dancing Queen, jigs about – hall loves it.” But I thought humor woz sposed 2 b funny.
If May’s ill-advised advisers were hoping to use her Dead Cat Dance as a distraction from the impossibility of reaching a satisfactory Brexit solution, they may have misjudged the situation. Mung-bean munching musicians hate it when Conservatives appropriate their work. Johnny Marr commanded David Cameron not to like the Smiths, and presumably must now have extended that embargo to For Britain poster boy Morrissey too.
Abba have already expressed concern about the abuse of their work for political ends, and threatened to sue the far-right anti-immigration Danish People’s party for appropriating Mamma Mia. Former Hep Star Björn Ulvaeus himself has described Brexit as “a disaster”, and as the Eurovision song contest’s most famous winners, Abba embody the spirit of pan-European cooperation that anti-immigration, anti-European Tories on the far right of the party seek to undermine.
Avatars of the 70s Keep Britain Tidy campaign , Abba were early adopters of the sort of environmental concerns that the Tories’ drive towards a deregulated post-Brexit Britain will abandon. And in featuring such arch historical rivals as a yellow-haired woman and a brown-haired woman, and a fat bearded man and a thin clean-shaven man, working in perfect harmony, Abba showed that different people could cooperate for the common good, rather than fight their fellows like horrid Brexit rats.
It’s highly likely that Theresa May’s Dead Cat Dance will end in Swedish pop anger, and the spin-wazzocks that talked her into it will soon distance themselves from their suggestion. There is no solution to the Conservatives’ impasse. Theresa’s Dead Cat Dance aimed to ensure that people talked about her moves, however humiliating, rather than her speech. And you fell for it. The Winner Takes It All would have been better walk-on music. “I’ve played all my cards, and that’s what you’ve done too / Nothing more to say / No more ace to play.”
50 Best Couples Halloween Costumes – Funny Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples
1 Sully and Boo from Monster’s Inc
View this post on Instagram Kitty! 🤗 Sharing our creative and affordable Boo and Sully Halloween costume for inspiration on the blog 💜 . . . #halloween #halloweencostume #halloween2017 #halloweencostumes #halloweenfun #halloweenfun #halloweendiy #diyhalloweencostume #diycostume #couple #couplegoals #couplesofinstagram #couplethings #relationshipgoals #boyfriend #couplecostume #couplecostumes #monstersinc #booandsully #newblogpost #blogger #blogging #stylecollectivefollow #njblogger #happyhalloween #affordablefashion
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One person gets a pale-blue sweat suit and adds horns and purple spots, the other wears a giant pink T-shirt with matching leggings and tube socks.
2 Chick Magnet Flashback Friday: chick magnet Halloween realness. 🐥 . . . . #flashbackfriday #loveislove #lovewins #globalgaygirlgang #girlswholikegirls #pride #halloweencouple #girlswhokissgirls #pridemonth
A post shared by Catie and Meg ⚢ (@megandcatie) on Jun 22, 2018 at 7:55am PDT
One person dresses up in a yellow dress with matching feathers glued on. For added emphases, wear knee-high orange socks. The other person can dress in all black and glue a magnet and haphazard feathers to their outfit.
3 Bacon and Eggs
View this post on Instagram Got Bacon & Egg? We are a breakfast couple this year lolz 🤣 HAPPY early HALLOWEEN!! Fun times at the OCWP Halloween Themed party at the Summit House of Horror this past Wed. (10.3.18) 🎃🎃🎃 #happyhalloween #baconandeggs #halloweencostume #pregnantcostume #9monthspregnant #couplecostumes #coupleshalloweencostumes #halloweencostumes #halloween #halloweenparty #ocwp #halloweenthemed #houseofhorror #summithouse #fullerton #couple #husbandandwife #funtimes
A post shared by Janice Owen (@janiceowenphoto) on Oct 5, 2018 at 2:16pm PDT
Shouldn’t be too hard to find these breakfast-themed costumes on a site like Amazon! Put ’em on and head on out.
4 Nick and Judy from Zootopia
View this post on Instagram In honor of Zootopia turning 2 today, here is one of the best days ever! 💙🐰🦊💙 #zootopia #disney #disneyland #californiaadventure #disneyanimation #zootopiaanniversary #judyhopps #nickwilde #halloween #costumes #couplecostumes #happy #mickeyshalloweenparty #halloweencostumes #meetyourheroes #bestdayever #bunnycop 🚨🚔🚨 📷: @jordan_taylor093 @jojoknowsblog
A post shared by Emily Davenport ⚯͛ °o° (@emilyruth5) on Mar 4, 2018 at 10:20am PST
One person dresses up in a blue shirt, jeans, and a sports bra with a police badge. The other wears a green button-down with a tie and khaki pants.
5 Pacman and Pinky
View this post on Instagram #pacman #couplecostumes #tomalitolove
A post shared by Eduardo Cruz (@yayo_2112) on Feb 3, 2018 at 8:22pm PST
One of you can dress up as the pie-chart-resembling video-game star, and the other can be the pink ghost-thing that goes after him!
6 Katy Perry and the Left Shark
View this post on Instagram 🏖🦈🏖 #flashback with my babe. ❤️💛💙💛❤️ #leftshark #katyperry #superbowl #icons #popculture #couplecostumes
A post shared by jvonstratton (@jvonstratton) on Dec 2, 2017 at 2:16pm PST
Put out Katy-Perry-at-the-Super-Bowl vibes in a colorful cone-bra top and matching skirt and a shark costume.
7 Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh Hubs and I will be driving from FL👉🏻NY tomorrow and will be filming a couples Q & A! 👇🏻Hit me up in the comments with any questions you want us to answer🙌🏻🚗 Anything and everything (within reason)🤪 _ Will do a live here on IG as well as record for the YouTubes🎥❤️ #prettyawkward #halloweencouple #throwbacks #qanda #vloggers #behindthescenes . . . . . #intermittentfasting #healthylifestyles #positivenergy #positivelifestyle #positivebodyimage #positiveattitude #positiveoutlook #beginnerweightloss #onlinecoach #gymsharkwomen #loveyourself #gogetter #beavisionary #Mealprep #Lowcarb #keto #weightloss #weightwatchers #dietplan #caloriesinvscaloriesout #iifym #8020
A post shared by Health, Life & Business Coach (@meganyelaney) on May 7, 2018 at 11:42am PDT
For this couple costume, each partner can dress up in character onesies, if you want something fast and simple. If you two are craftier than that, have one person glue a purple oval to a blue T-shirt and make donkey ears out of a headband and colorful construction paper. The other person can sport a red shirt with yellow pants and a yellow bear hat like this one.
8 Max and Roxanne from A Goofy Movie Max & Roxanne 💓 -A Goofy Movie 🎥 #halloween2017 #halloweencouple
A post shared by Melany Flores🧜🏼♀️ (@melleyvaa) on Nov 4, 2017 at 12:24pm PDT
For this duo look, one partner can dress in a blue polo and shorts, carry some school books, and part their hair to the side. The other can wear any red sweatshirt or tee over a black long-sleeve shirt. A red hat, gloves, and a skateboard complete the getup. Make sure to polish everything off by adding a cute ‘lil dog nose in brown eyeliner or face paint.
9 Fred and Wilma Flintstone Como siempre es un placer pasar halloween contigo 💕Yabadabadoo!!💕 te amooo @miguelrazo #happyhalloween #halloween2k17 #halloweencouple #couplegoals #goals #theflintstones #pedroyvilma #like4like #love #perfectcouple ❤️
A post shared by nadiifer (@nadiiferdc) on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:30pm PDT
It’s super easy to find Fred and Wilma costumes for cheap on Amazon, but you can also create these yourself by cutting up oversized orange and white T-shirts.
10 Little Red Riding Hood and the Big, Bad Wolf Halloween 2013 Little Red Riding Hood ❤️and The Big Bad Sexy Wolf 🐺 This was another fun Halloween for us and we were in the top 3 this year as well for the Costume Contest! #halloweencostume #couplescostume #halloweencouple #arichandjazzylife #littleredridinghood #bigbadwolf #couplesofinstagram #halloweenfun #halloween2014
A post shared by A Rich And Jazzy Life (@arichandjazzylife) on Oct 30, 2017 at 4:55am PDT
This couples costume is super easy to create at home. One partner can wear all black, a cat-ear headband, and a fuzzy tail, while another can sport all read with either a hooded cape or a comfy hoodie.
11 Harry Potter and a Golden Snitch Just livin that #quiddich life ✨ #HP #GoldenSnitch #HarryPotter #HalloweenCostume
A post shared by Roaming Riddles (@cassideriddle) on Oct 29, 2017 at 4:18pm PDT
For all you Potterheads out there, consider this team lewk. Have one person wear a black robe and draw a lightening scar on their forehead—extra points for Gryffindor if they wear a red and gold scarf and carry a wand. The other half of this outfit requires wearing an all-gold get-up, and attaching wings.
12 A Panda and Bamboo A panda and his bamboo 🐼🎋 Happy Halloween 🎃👻 @drmikegrossmandc . . . #happyhalloween #halloween #bae #baegoals #couplecostume #panda #halloweencostume #dressup #couplegoals #sf #halloweencouple #halloweennight #lastnight #onesie #pandaonesie
A post shared by Alysie (@alysie) on Oct 29, 2017 at 12:25pm PDT
Honestly, I’m here for any Hallween costume that includes a onesie. If you’re like me, maybe you should try being a panda! Your partner can easily DIY this bamboo look, which just requires any dress with parallel lines either drawn or taped on, and some fake leaves attached.
13 Scoobie Doo and Shaggy Scooby Snacks🐾 what are your Halloween looks this year? #halloweencostume #halloween #halloweencouple #scoobydoo #urbandecay #fentybeauty #benefitcosmetics #elfcosmetics #anastasiabeverlyhills #maybelline #maccosmetics #tartecosmetics
A post shared by Lindsey Nicole Dykes (@lndykes296) on Oct 29, 2017 at 9:32am PDT
What could be easier than wearing either a blue or brown shirt for your Halloween costume? The only extra requirements here would be that whoever is “Scooby” needs to make a blue collar and wear ears of some sort. “Shaggy” can just draw on a chin beard.
14 Breaking Bad Mommy and I are Breaking Bad for Halloween. She says we need to cook. I hope it’s treats?? 💎💎💎🐶🎃 . . #halloween #breakingbad #breakingbadhalloween #weneedtocook #jesseweneedtocook #hehe #halloweencostume #halloweencouple #bluecandy #candysugar #bostonfrenchie #frenchton #froston
A post shared by Moose the Frenchton (@mooseinmotion) on Oct 27, 2017 at 3:59pm PDT
Another simple costume! This one just requires a yellow rain jacket and bag of blue crystals for both people (or one person and one dog).
15 Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from SpongeBob SquarePants We went as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for Halloween 😜🎃🐟🐚 #Halloween2017 #Halloween2K17 #CoupleCostume #MermaidMan #BarnacleBoy
A post shared by Ethan Sweitzer (@ethansweitzer) on Oct 31, 2017 at 6:33pm PDT
Come through, SpongeBob characters! This look just requires some solid-colored tees and a few well-placed purple sea-shells.
16 Mermaid and Sailor Are you a sailor? Because I think we mermaid for each other ⚓️🐚🌊 (more like, we don’t have kids yet so I can’t be khaleesi w/ my 3 lil dragons lol) #myanchor #mermaid #sailor #couplecostume #halloween2017
A post shared by k. (@kyleirish_) on Oct 31, 2017 at 7:16pm PDT
Time to bust out some seashells and glue them to a shirt, which you can pair with a sparkly green skirt or leggings. Have your other half dress in a striped shirt and wear a captain’s hat for good measure.
17 Jessica and Roger Rabbit The Rogers throwback with my husband @soniaplease for #pridemonth 💖 . . #rogerrabbit #jessicarabbit #purim #costume #drag #couplecostume #partycity #lgbtqpride #heels #scruffy #beardeddrag #vamp #dragqueen #zedrag?
A post shared by Isak Kohaly (@plainoldisak) on Jun 23, 2018 at 3:23am PDT
Find a sexy red dress, a matching wig, purple gloves, some bunny ears, and a pair of red overalls, and you’ve got yourself a Jessica and Roger Rabbit couples costume!
18 Hogwarts Students Wizard love ⚡❤💫 . . . #hpcelebration #harrypotter #gryffindor #wizards #wizardingworld #gryffindorcosplay #harrypottercosplay #hermionecosplay #universalstudios #orlando #couplecostume #couplecosplay
A post shared by Annemarie 🌸 (@annemarienc) on Feb 2, 2018 at 1:18pm PST
Throw some button-downs, sweaters, sweater vests, and ties in your favorite house together and you’ve got yourself a great Harry Potter-themed costume. Don’t forget the wands!
19 The Chef Couple from “Ratatouille” On adore ces déguisements ratatouille ! 😄 #deguisement #cosplay #ratatouille #disney #deguisements #costume #disneycostume #rat #sedeguiser #deguisementmagic #cuisine #cuisinier #nourriture #foodcostume #manger #mignon #cute #smart #bonneidee #ideesdeguisement #lol #fun #drole #family #familycostume #famille #bebe #baby
A post shared by Deguisement-magic.com (@deguisementmagic) on Dec 5, 2016 at 8:50am PST
Don a couple chef’s shirts and aprons plus an asymmetrical bob wig and a tall chef’s hat and you’ll be instantly recognized as Pixar characters. Cute baby in a rat costume not necessary but highly adorable—if you don’t have one handy, carry a stuffed animal instead!
20 Operation Performing a surgery 😉 #OperationGame #OperationCostume #ScarySurgeon #HalloweenCostume #HalloweenCouple
A post shared by Eric Garcia (@eric_prudencio) on Oct 31, 2017 at 7:16pm PDT
Dress up as the patient from the game “Operation” by cutting out the shapes and pasting them to any outfit—your partner can dress up as a surgeon.
21 Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb Tweedledee and Tweedledum #aliceinwonderland #tweedletwins #couplecostume #karneval #lindenparkpotsdam #nevergrowup
A post shared by Robert (@rob.bln) on Feb 11, 2018 at 2:49am PST
Yellow T-shirts, red shorts, white suspenders, red hats, and white socks can go a long way for this costume, inspired by the characters from Alice in Wonderland .
22 Milk and Cereal He’s the milk to my cereal.
A post shared by Alyse Blair (@blondeography_) on Oct 31, 2016 at 4:49pm PDT
Check out this creative couple: They DIY-ed a bowl of cereal with cut-up pool noodles, and made the milk carton out of a cardboard box.
23 Frappuccino and Starbucks Barista Posting a non-author photo for #authorlifemonth today! Because it’s only Tuesday, but feels like it should be Friday already. And I need some Starbucks!! Oh, and less than 8 months till I marry this sweetie. (This was taken on Halloween.) 😊 ☕️#writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #starbucks #coffee #frappuccino #writer #author #coffee #coffeeaddict #pumpkinspice #halloween #couplescostume #fiance #lifeofawriter #writingfuel #tuesday #photo #oneofmyfavoritepictures #weddingcountdown #countingdown
A post shared by Susanna Lancaster (@susanna_lancaster_author) on Feb 21, 2017 at 8:33am PST
For all you coffee lovers out there: Why not find a green apron, a brown swing dress, and a white scarf? With those items in hand, all you’ll have to do is print off and glue the Starbucks logo to each item and decide who is who.
24 Hash Tag Can you guess the pun behind our Punny Halloween Costume this year? It’s a real knee-slapper! The answer and full tutorial for how I made our costume with my #silhouettecameo is #ontheblog along with a round-up of 20 Punny Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples. Great for anyone who shares our mega-cheesy sense of humor! #linkinprofile
A post shared by Lauren Lanker (@thinkingcloset) on Oct 14, 2014 at 3:26pm PDT
To re-create this getup, just grab yellow and white poster board and cut the paper into the shapes you see here. Then glue the yellow part beneath the white part and connect in the back so that it becomes a cylinder. You can then keep it up with some straps, or just glue it to a shirt you don’t care about. Then, play a game of Tag!
25 Minnie and Mickey Mouse My school desperately needed a first grade teacher and my husband decided to step out of his comfort zone and take on the challenge of teaching 20, 6 year olds. His first day teaching is Halloween (poor guy) so we dressed up as Mickey and Minnie. He is right across the hall from me and is doing an amazing job. I love him and am incredibly proud of him. #calliescollection #couplehalloweencostume #disney
A post shared by Callie Ziegler (Raph) (@callieziegler22) on Oct 31, 2016 at 11:43am PDT
A couple of mouse ears, red T-shirts, and white gloves, and you two can be everyone’s favorite mouse couple!
26 M&Ms M&Ms ❤ #couplecostume #costume #purim #purim2018 #fun
A post shared by Deborah Malheiro (@deborahmalheiro) on Feb 28, 2018 at 12:28pm PST
Make like these two and buy yourself an M&M dress and white gloves—or just grab any solid-colored shirt and add the facial features and white “M” yourself!
27 Double Stuff Oreos Oreo Hallowe’en costume! #halloween #halloweencostume #9gaghalloween #halloweencostumes #oreo #oreos #oreocostume #oreocostumes #oreohalloween #oreohalloweencostume #oreohalloweencostumes #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #couplecostume #couplecostumes #couplehalloweencostume #couplehalloweencostumes
A post shared by George (@sirpumpkinpie) on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:01am PDT
All you have to do for this costume is wear a white, long-sleeve T-shirt with black pants, and then cut out a circular Oreo out of thick dark paper and glue on straps. Every time you and your S.O. hug, you’ll make the snack complete!
28 A Slytherin and Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter Happy Halloween, muggle born scum 💫 #HarryPotter #Slytherin #HouseSlytherin #bellatrixlestrange #bellatrix #halloween #cosplay #costume #couplescostumes
A post shared by Maki Roll 🍱 (@makiroll90) on Oct 31, 2016 at 3:17pm PDT
The villains of Harry Potter deserve some love too. To achieve this aethetic, one partner can wear a button-down with a green, striped tie beneath a sweater vest and long black robe. The other can dress in all black, wear their hair in a messy, half-up style with smudged makeup to really own this Death Eater vibe. Both of you should carry wands, obvi.
29 Bughead finally, my lifelong crush on @colesprouse has been indulged . fun fact: our betty + jughead cosplay was actually jack’s idea! That’s what binge watching will do to ya… Comment the next show we should get unhealthily obsessed with! (extra points for anime) . betty: me! jughead: jack! (no insta) 📸: @theradiantphotos . #bughead #riverdale #bettyandjughead #jughead #betty #bettycooper #jugheadjones #bugheadcosplay #jugheadcosplay #couplecosplay #bettycosplay #bettycoopercosplay #diner #pops #riverdalecosplay #cosplayer #cosplayers #couplecostume #coupletravel #couplegoals #ship #shipper
A post shared by madison 💫 (@aletheia_cosplay) on Apr 5, 2018 at 8:20am PDT
All you need to do to recreate Betty from Riverdale is a pink cardigan, a white collared shirt, and a blonde ponytail. For Jughead, just put on a tough-looking denim or leather jacket, pair with distressed skinny jeans, and a knit hat.
30 South Side Serpents 🤞🏼🖤 #southsideserpents #friendship #faaaassseeennnd #fasching #costume #riverdale #allblackeverything #bandana #riverdalecostume #lipstick #laugh #happy #inspiration #friendshipgoals #potd #ootd #girls #blondehair #girlsnightout #nightout #gang #girlsgang #riverdalecosplay #fangirl #fangirlmoment #couplecostume #gangstersparadies #mood #weiberfasend🖤🖤🖤
A post shared by Charlie 🌙✨ (@charlotte_lohner) on Feb 8, 2018 at 12:34pm PST
If you like Riverdale, but want to be a bit more badass, try out a South Side Serpents costume. Just take a leather jacket and tape on the logo of the fictional gang and wear tons of oversized flannels.
31 Thing 1 and Thing 2 #Halloween2015 #halloweencouples #thing1thing2
A post shared by dalia tamayo (@tdalia) on Nov 1, 2015 at 7:22am PST
Red outfits, blue wigs, circular print-outs that say “Thing 1” and “Thing 2″—Halloween costumes don’t get much more simple than that! Try it out with your boo.
32 Bonnie & Clyde Bonnie & Clyde 🔫💰 #rubb#rubbery#bank#money#bonnieandclyde#bonnie#clyde#purim#purim2018#couplecostume#guns#dangerous#fun#costume#cool#hot#funny#love#mylove#tookthemoney
A post shared by Yana Pirha (@y.p_panda) on Mar 3, 2018 at 5:50am PST
Grab your best 1920s looks, a bag of money, and run!
33 The Old Couple from “Up” Oldies! 👓👴🏻🧓🏻#up #costume #costumeparty #oldies #carlfredricksen #elliefredricksen #goodfun #couplecostume #weekendvibes #oldiesbutgoodies
A post shared by Ali (@a_l_i_j) on Apr 14, 2018 at 4:45am PDT
Dress up in a belted sheath and kerchief and suspenders and a button-down, wear glasses, and dye your hair gray (or wear a wig).
34 Tom Hanks and Wilson from “Castaway” Hey Wilson, you wouldn’t have a match by any chance, would you? #castaway
A post shared by Sonia 🌿 (@soniakatharina) on Feb 9, 2018 at 1:48am PST
Paint a red face on a white shirt, then draw black lines on the top to represent a volleyball for the Wilson costume. For the castaway part, find a beard from a party store and dirty up a T-shirt to make it look like you’ve been stranded on a deserted island for a while.
35 An Alien and an Astronaught Missing Halloween 🎃👻 Only 6 months away!!! What should I be this year 🧐
A post shared by ℌaíℜsɫץʟísϮ 💀 oℜaℕցe ʗouℵﾅץ (@xx_beautevil_xx) on May 3, 2018 at 10:17pm PDT
Go out of this world in a store-bought space suit and green alien garb.
36 Mary Poppins and Bert We’re supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 🌂 #halloween2016 #marypoppins #bert #nanny #chimneysweeper #red #umbrella #marypoppinsdiycostume #cosplaysky #cosplay #newyork #ny #nyc #longisland #halloween #couple #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #babe #dude #couplecostume #diy #filter #costume
A post shared by Mary Elizabeth (@marymeetsworld) on Oct 30, 2016 at 10:35am PDT
Dress up as your Disney faves for Halloween and don’t forget these essentials: a clasped tote, an umbrella, and a chimney sweep.
37 The Solar Eclipse 2017 Solar Eclipse 🌞🌚 @meganlieberman
Sisters, a teacher and newlyweds among those killed in limo crash
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — A weightlifter with a heart of gold, a teacher who wanted better lives for her students, and newlyweds who held the world in their hands are among the 20 people who died in Saturday’s limousine crash in upstate New York .
Seventeen of those who died had gathered for Amy Steenburg’s 30th birthday and were headed to a brewery in Cooperstown. In the vehicle with Steenburg were her husband of four months, her three sisters and two of their husbands, and her brother-in-law. Also in the group were newlyweds Erin and Shane McGowan.
A vigil was held for all the victims Monday night in Amsterdam, New York, about 15 miles north of the crash site. Thousands of people stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a park. Candlelight illuminated a sea of solemn faces.
At least six children lost at least one, or both, of their parents in the crash. Amy and Axel Steenburg
Amy and Axel married in June and traveled extensively in recent months, according to their Facebook pages. The couple lived in Amsterdam with their dog.
Amy, a nurse, was one of the four sisters killed the crash. In her final Facebook post, Amy wrote that loved her husband “more than words can say.”
“You are such an amazing man and entertain all my crazy ideas,” she wrote. “Even when I move a couch just to move it back to the original place.” Rich Steenburg
Steenburg worked for GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor and manufacturing company. He died along with his brother, Axel.
The New York Times reported that he was survived by a 10-year-old daughter and 14-year-old stepson.
“The entire GF community is extremely saddened by this incident and we are working closely with the families to provide comprehensive support,” Laura Kelly, the company’s vice president of global communications, said in a statement. Matthew Coons and Savannah Bursese
Coons, of Johnstown, was a weightlifting aficionado described by relatives as a gentleman with a dry wit.
“He had a huge heart, a golden heart,” said his aunt, Suzanne Douglass. “He made you laugh so hard until you cried.”
Coons lived with Bursese, his girlfriend, and a sister who has two daughters, his nieces.
“He will be sorely missed by his sister and her children,” Douglass said. “He made their life very joyful with his very sweet disposition. He also financially supported the household and was also a father figure to his much younger brother.” Amanda Halse and Patrick Cushing
Halse, 26, a waitress in Watervliet, was in the limousine with Cushing, her boyfriend, who worked in the technology office of New York’s Senate.
Senate Leader John Flanagan described Cushing Monday as an “extraordinary” employee and “wonderful young man.”
Known as “Cush,” Cushing also played for Team USA Dodgeball. “Cushing’s unconditional kindness and ability to make friends of his fiercest competitors made him the consummate sportsman all dodgeballers strive to be,” his team wrote in a Facebook post.
This undated image shows Amanda Halse and Patrick Cushing posing for a photo. Courtesy of Karina Halse via AP
Halse’s sister, Karina, who visited the crash site Monday, said Cushing and Halse were like “two peas in a pod.”
“My sister was a very strong and independent person,” Karina Halse said. “She didn’t like it when other people did things for her. She would be the one to initiate things.”
“I feel like my heart is sunken. It’s in a place where I’ve never felt this type of pain before,” Karina Halse said. The sisters had been texting on Saturday as Amanda Halse got into the limo to head to the birthday party. Before Amanda Halse received her sister’s reply, she died in the crash. Mary and Rob Dyson
Mary Dyson died in Saturday’s crash along with her husband, Rob. She was one of the four sisters killed.
The Dysons lived in Watertown, New York, where Mary worked as an engineer and a coach at Star Spangled Crossfit, which dedicated a workout to her on Monday.
An Army veteran, Mary Dyson worked for Upstate Construction Services and was vice president of Theta Phi Alpha sorority when she was a student at Clarkson University, according to WWNY-TV. Abigail and Adam Jackson
The Jacksons left behind two daughters, Archer and Elle, ages 4 and 1. Abby Jackson, as she was known, worked as a teacher in the Greater Amsterdam School District, said her aunt, Barbara Douglas, of Dannemora.
She became a teacher because she loved working with children, Rich Peters, president of the Amsterdam Teachers Association, told the Times Union. “She wanted to help them better their lives,” he said.
Adam Jackson worked as a deputy commissioner at the Montgomery County Board of Elections, according to his Facebook page. Abigail was among the four sisters killed. Allison King
King was killed in the crash along with her three sisters. A Facebook fundraiser created for her parents, Tom and Linda King, had raised more than $132,000 as of Monday evening. Erin and Shane McGowan
Erin, 34, and Shane, 30, were married in June in upstate New York. Erin McGowan worked as an administrative assistant at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam.
She had been thinking of going back to school to become a billing administrator, said her aunt, Valerie Abeling.
“They had everything going for them,” Abeling said. “She was a beautiful, sweet soul. He was, too. They were very sweet.”
“They were two very young, beautiful people,” said Abeling. “Everybody involved, it was horrific thing. Our lives have been changed forever.”
“You’re always hoping you find the love of your life, it’s what you hope and wish and dream for, and they found each other,” Erin McGowan’s uncle Anthony Vertucci told the Times Union. “They had big plans.” Amanda Rivenburg
Amanda Rivenburg was close to her parents and remembered by friends and coworkers for her sense of humor. She worked for seven years for Living Resources, a New York nonprofit that works with people who have disabilities, serving as assistant director of the organization’s day community opportunities program.
Her colleagues came together at work on Monday to share stories about Rivenburg, a gathering that led to both tears and laughter.
“Amanda was loved by all of her coworkers,” said Steve Klein, associate executive director of program services at the company. “She was passionate about her work and everyone relied on her for guidance.” Scott Lisinicchia
Friends and family members identified Lisinicchia as the driver of the limousine on social media. His wife, Kim, posted on Facebook that “it hurts me to a core to have to bury my husband.” She linked to a GoFundMe that said Lisinicchia’s family “appreciates the love and support to help with his unexpected final expenses.”
“The investigation is STILL going on and the facts are not verified,” his niece, Courtney Lisinicchia, wrote on Facebook. Brian Hough
Hough, a 46-year-old assistant professor of geology at the State University of New York at Oswego, was a pedestrian killed in the crash, according Facebook posts by relatives and media reports. SUNY Oswego officials said Monday that Hough died in an accident Saturday but didn’t say how he died.
The college’s statement said he arrived on campus in 2016 as a visiting professor. SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley called Hough “a dedicated faculty member who inspired his students to learn and understand at a deep level, and whose contributions were often sought by his colleagues.”
Hough is survived by his wife and their 8-year-old son, said Arta Hough, who lost a son to cancer four years ago. She described Brian as a “great father, great son.”
“He loved teaching, he loved working with students,” she said. James Schnurr
Hough’s mother, Artra Hough, told the New York Post that his father-in-law, James Schnurr, 71, was also killed. Police said Hough and Schnurr were standing in the store parking lot when they were killed. Michael Ukaj
Ukaj, a former Marine from Johnstown who served a tour in Iraq, died on his 34th birthday, his mother told the Times Union of Albany.
Mary Aston said her son joined the Marines at 17, had post-traumatic stress disorder and was honorably discharged because of a medical condition. He was living at his maternal grandparents’ home near Amsterdam, she said.
“He was fixing up my parents’ house and enjoying his life,” Ashton said.
She said she had called her son on his birthday but couldn’t reach him.
“He was just such a good boy,” Ashton said. “My baby is gone.” Rachael Cavosie
Facebook posts by relatives say Cavosie, 30, of Waterford, was known as “Rach” to all her cousins. One of them referred to her as “a soul that touched so many lives.”
The Times Union reports she is survived by her parents, one sister and two brothers. One of the cousins from the Albany area is raising funeral funds on GoFundMe.
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