A Foxhound Halloween Story – Danny Trejo, Betty Crocker, and Jonathan Ames hit the town

Even though it was a cold night in Toronto on Saturday, the cold weather wasn’t keeping anybody indoors or preventing anyone from wearing the perfect costume. The two bravest girls fighting the cold were from Baywatch…yes, they were wearing the infamous red one-piece swimsuit outside complete with a life-saving device. I’m sure their excitement and high blood alcohol levels were keeping them more than warm enough. We also saw David Hasselhoff from Baywatch, but strangely enough he wasn’t getting nearly the same amount of attention.

Shane, Michelle, and I posed quickly before heading down to Queen St. Shane was  Danny Trejo, Michelle was a housewife from the 50s, and I was Jonathan Ames from Bored to Death. Below are pictures of who we were trying to be.

Even though Shane was disappointed with his overall paleness and his 100% human hair moustache, he won the contest with random passerbyers recognizing who he was first. It didn’t take much of that tattoo peaking out of his leather vest to reveal who he was (thanks for the artwork, Zeena!). For those who didn’t know, Trejo’s prison ink is of his wife and located on his chest and was voted the most recognizable tattoo by Tattoo International Magazine. Not exactly fair grounds!

Michelle received numerous compliments on her hair and her cupcakes. A little disappointed that no one guessed my costume (just like last year) just before the night ended I finally had a break. While we were waiting in an hour-long line at Smoke’s Poutinerie with friends, a couple girls had said I pulled off Jonathan Ames very well and that ‘Bored to Death’ was their favourite show. Well said girls, well said.

Satisfied that this costume was slightly more successful, it was time to make the trek home. It was a walk full of cold winds, scary drunkards, full cabs, and TTC buses passing stops as they were packed full to the brim. But a great night all in all.

For those curious about the photo, it was taken with a 16-35 2.8L II wide-angle lens balanced on some books with one flash (580ex II) bounced off the ceiling. One tip to keep everybody looking natural is to have each person doing something with his or her hands. Most photographs look very awkward when the subject is unsure of what they should be doing with their hands. This works especially well when photographing shy people or those who call themselves unphotogenic. Have them lean against a wall, tug on their jacket, or light up a cigarette – and presto, natural posing.


  1. Willem on November 1, 2010 at 3:55 am

    You all look amazing!, and hello from Australia!! Jared, I just recently watched Fantastic Mr. Fox, and got a little homesick 🙂

    I miss you guys

    p.s. loved the post on photography!

    • W. Shane Duquette on November 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

      Hahaha what a perfect costume for him, eh?
      Sadly I’m not as Danny Trejo looking as I had hoped 😉

      How was your first ever Australian Halloween?!

  2. Vivi on November 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    YOU SHOULD HAVE TIED YOUR HAIR BACK!!!!! Man would I have sent you some gel by the bucket

    Michelle looks tremendous, if you don’t already watch Mad Men please do (pleaaaase, it could easily replace the DH or GG marathons) and you will find the rest of Michelle’s classy 60’s friends. What a great look! Oh the 60’s!

    Jared even if you weren’t quite universally recognized, in this picture Betty and Trejo are giving you loving looks of awe. That’s a win.



  3. Breonna on March 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Commenting 5 months later – you guys look great. Shane, your faux mustache is wild. I bet you wish you could grow one just like Danny. I agree with Vivi, you should have tied your hair back, brings out the dirty. ps. Michelle looks precious.

  4. hmmmmm on December 12, 2011 at 4:07 am

    You are amazing *-*.

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