Get the Left Shark Costume for Halloween!
During the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIX, when one of the biggest news stories of the season was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the #DeflateGate scandal, something happened that changed the Internet forever.
During Katy Perry’s performance of “California Gurls,” her backup dancers wore tropical and beach party themed costumes. Two of them were dressed as sharks, to Perry’s right and left sides.
Right Shark had his moves down – clean, crisp, and coordinated. Left Shark, on the other hand, looked like he might have been pre-gaming a little too hard before the show.
Maybe it was the contrast between the happy palm trees in the background and the somehow adorably sad look on Left Shark’s face, or maybe it was just the pure randomness of dancing sharks on national TV, but Left Shark was one of the hottest topics on social media in early 2015 – and it it’s still up there. Now that it’s getting to be time to choose a costume for this year’s Halloween weekend, Left Shark costumes are at the top of a lot of peoples’ lists.
If wanting to be Left Shark for Halloween is wrong, then we don’t wanna be right.
Yes, that’s right. This is the actual shark mascot costume worn by Katy Perry’s backup dancers at the Super Bowl, and it’s guaranteed to be a huge hit at any Halloween costume party this year.
The fuzzy plush shark costume zips up the back, and includes detachable foot covers and hand holes in the flippers, for maximum wearability. You can also stick your head completely through the mouth opening and fold the top of the shark costume back when you’re not posing for pictures.
Basically, the whole thing is like a pair of adult onesie footie pajamas, with a big, comfy oversized hood. But shark-shaped.
How to Keep Cool in a Mascot Costume
Full-body mascot costumes like Left Shark can be great for Halloween, since they’ll definitely keep you warm in the autumn air. But, if you live in a place that doesn’t get very cold in October, or if you’re going to a crowded Halloween party with a lot of people, then things can get sweaty.
As we mentioned earlier, the head on our Left Shark costume can be taken off, just like you’d take down the hood on your sweatshirt, and your hands and feet can be left exposed to let some heat out. Still, it might be a good idea to invest in a costume cooling accessory. This “Kold Kollar” is the same type of ice collar that’s used by professional mascot entertainers. Freeze the icy insert ahead of time, then wear it underneath your costume. It absorbs a tremendous amount of body heat, and will keep you from sacrificing comfort for costume.
If circumstances are particularly dire, you can even create a D.I.Y. version of a costume cooling device with suspenders, duct tape, and reusable gel ice packs. In any case, be sure to never wear frozen accessories directly against your bare skin.
Are you going to channel your inner Left Shark for Halloween this year? What kind of costume ideas should we show off next? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and on Twitter @BuyCostumes! Check out our Pinterest boards, too, for even more Halloween costume ideas.