The Mad Bomber from KABOOM!
I love when two of my favorite holidays connect...
One of the greatest Christmas gifts I ever received (the Atari 2600) years
later led to be the inspiration for one of my favorite Halloween
Sure, Space Invaders was awesome, Pac Man is classic but this was my game:
I LOVED KABOOM.
The gist was this – furiously catch the lit bombs that the Mad Bomber was
dropping in your three buckets of water.
Maybe that prisoner spoke to my future interest in “bad boys.” Or maybe he
spoke to the unfortunate 8th grade shoplifting incident that still makes
my stomach hurt. Whatever the draw was, I was really, really good at
My junior year of high school for Halloween my best friend Susanne and I
dressed as prisoners.
She was a regular old prisoner but when we went out into the world that
night and anyone said “nice prison uniform” or “what are you in for?” I
would yell, “I’M THE KABOOM GUY!”
Susanne reluctantly handcuffed herself to me and was in for a night of me
sipping peach Bartles and Jaymes coolers and making everyone aware of
To become the mad bomber you will simply need the following:
If you can’t find your bomb prop at the Halloween Superstore you can make
your own by taking a regular old playground ball and adding some rope to
create a wick. They come in dark colors and are on sale right now since
If you’re feeling extra-crafty you could get some sticky letters and
emblazon your bomb with the word KABOOM! so you won’t have to spend your
night yelling at people about who you are.
Whoever you are handcuffed to for the evening would probably appreciate
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.