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As an artist I find it hard to buy Halloween costumes right off the store rack. To me that lacks imagination and creativity. There's nothing worse than to go to a block party, a night club, or someone's party and seeing someone dressed exactly like you.

I prefer to design and create my own, one-of-a-kind costumes. Sure, it takes a lot more time and energy, but the rewards are worth the effort.

Last year's costume was my most challenging to date. I decided to design and create a costume honoring my all-time favorite pro football player, the late Derrick Thomas. Derrick was a 9 time Pro Bowler. He played defensive end and linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs for 11 years.

I had purchased Derrick's red football jersey from Savers several years earlier. At the time I never dreamt someday I would be wearing his complete uniform to a Halloween block party.

Creating a budget and strictly adhering to that budget was important to me. I did not want to overspend on something I would probably only wear once.

The white pants, red gloves, and socks I bought at Sports Authority. The shoulder pads I found on Craigs List. I paid $20 for the pads. Brand new, the pads would cost me well over a $100.

Last year a lot of the NFL players, coaches, and even referees were wearing pink, to raise awareness for "Finding a Cure for Breast Cancer". I wore a pink towel.

The most challenging part to find was the helmet. I wasn't about to pay $300 for an authentic Chiefs helmet. Even a replica helmet would cost me $150. So I opted to go on Ebay and shop for my helmet. This way my first time shopping on Ebay. It was a fun experience.

I found a seller in Texas who was selling a red helmet. Ebay rates their sellers, and this seller has an excellent rating. I emailed him and asked him a few questions about the helmet. That was the exactly what I was looking for, so I bid on the helmet. I won the bid and paid $80. That also covered the shipping and handling cost.

The last thing I had to find was Chief helmet decals. I found another reputable seller in Kansas City. Both sellers sent my purchases promptly. I received both items in time for Halloween.

Now some of you might be reading my article and say to yourself, this guy is over the top. To go through all that trouble for a Halloween costume. He's nuts!!! But the way I look at it, I was honoring a truly great football player, someone I truly looked up to.

At the block party other Chiefs fans were yelling "Go Chiefs" Some of them even recognized Derrick Thomas's jersey and posed for pictures with me. There is no greater feeling than the feeling of pride I had that night. Not pride for myself, but pride for Derrick Thomas, a truly great man.


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