COLUMBIA — There will be plenty of superheroes around Columbia Saturday, but they won't be soaring through the sky or leaping across tall buildings.
“Be a Superhero for Columbia Public Schools,” a benefit for the Columbia Public Schools Foundation, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday on Hickman High School's football field. Participants will try to break the current Guinness World Records mark of 1,580 people dressed as recognizable superheroes in one place.
Gotcha, a costume rental store located in downtown Columbia, has been a popular source for superhero and supervillain costumes, according to store employees. Owner Aaro Froese said Tuesday that about 100 costumes have been rented so far, and not many are left. He said the staff is getting very creative about making recognizable and authentic superhero costumes with their limited supply of materials. One example is the relatively obscure Captain Caveman, Froese said.
“We are trying to put together any superhero person we can,” Froese said.
Angela Gallup, a Gotcha employee, said Wednesday the store will not be receiving more shipments and that there are more supervillian costumes available to rent than superhero costumes. Event coordinator Sean Spence said that supervillains will indeed be counted in the total this weekend.
Creative Days Art Studio is helping participants prepare their costume accessories. At one of the studio's Costume Creation Days on Wednesday, studio co-owner Katy McDonald helped Margo Haynes, 7, make accessories for her costume of Amethyst, a DC Comics character. Halloween-themed music, such as the "Ghostbusters" and "Harry Potter" movie themes, played in the background. Margo donned each newly-made accessory, after she and McDonald made them.
During the process of measuring, cutting and punching holes, Margo's younger brother Cory, 5, came over to help. The three discussed which superhero Cory planned on choosing for this weekend. When asked if he had decided yet, Cory responded, “Actually, no.”
Without missing a beat, Margo piped back, “Actually, no isn’t even a superhero.”
Cory ended up deciding to be Beast Boy, another DC Comics creation. The siblings' mother, Brenda Haynes, made Cory’s belt for the costume as he became preoccupied with Legos. Before long, Margo was wearing all the accessories to her Amethyst costume and admiring herself in the mirror.
Spence said on Wednesday that he doesn't know how many people will come to the event because an RSVP is not required.
“Hopefully, there will be 1,581,” he said. “My 72-year-old mother is coming in her Catwoman costume and she can’t do it all by herself.”