Steve Buscemi recreated his “fellow kids” meme for Halloween

Happy belated Halloween, y’all. Did you dress up? We did, but I’m sure that doesn’t surprise any of you. We had a whole theme to go with our décor. So we sat on our front steps in our bloodied costumes and freaked the kids out by asking them if they’d seen the creatures who’d broken out of the cages we had in the front yard. Some were mildly amused, others were pretty spooked, which warmed my cold, black heart. All in all, we had a great time. Maybe not as much fun as those in Park Slope, though. Those fortunate enough to live in Steve Buscemi’s Brooklyn neighborhood were treated to receiving candy from Steve dressed as his own meme. If we have any 30 Rock fans here, you may remember Steve’s 21 Jump Street spoof in which he played an obviously adult private investigator posing as a high school student. His introductory line “How do you do, fellow kids” has become an internet meme favorite. Last night, Steve dressed in his “Music Band” t-shirt and put his red hat askew to give out candy and take photos for lucky trick or treaters in Brooklyn.

As soon as Halloween is over, Steve Buscemi is ready to jump on his skateboard and listen to his favorite music band.

To the delight of social media users who have come to adore the omnipresent meme of the 63-year-old actor impersonating a high schooler, Steve brought things full circle when he dressed up as the character on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Individuals shared pics to social media showing the Fargo star wearing a backwards red baseball cap, red hoodie and gray “Music Band “T-shirt while holding a skateboard. This is the exact same way he dressed for the 2012 30 Rock episode entitled “The Tuxedo Begins,” which spawned the popular footage.

Steve had a cameo in the NBC sitcom’s episode as a private investigator who previously tried to catch troublemaking high schoolers by impersonating a teen himself, which was an apparent parody of 21 Jump Street. The episode featured a comedic flashback of a clearly out-of-place Steve approaching some students in a locker-lined hallway and asking nonchalantly, “How do you do, fellow kids?”

[From E!]

Reading through the Twitter comments on some of these photos I learned that Steve always dresses in costume to pass out candy. He just gets better every time we talk about him, doesn’t he? I was going to comment about how there weren’t that many photos, but I guess folks in his neighborhood respect that this is a treat for them and don’t want to bug him too much. Still, he’s obviously happy to oblige the occasional photo. What I also learned is that Elvis Costello joined him in passing candy out, and that Steve and Elvis are a Halloween candy-passing-out staple in Brooklyn every year (when there isn’t a lockdown). I never knew this but now that I do, I am filled with that much more joy.

You know you’ve made it when you’ve reached Dressed Up as My Own Character Costume fame.

Photo by Zack McTee

Photo credit: Twitter and Avalon Red

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  1. Sue says:

    I love that he’s such a NYC fixture but also a normal guy.

    • LightPurple says:

      A former Yew York firefighter who returned to service on 9/11. A great human being.

      • Oliphant says:

        Really!! I knew I always liked him as an actor, but now I LOVE him.

      • LightPurple says:

        When they had a tribute concert a month later for the first responders, he attended in uniform. He helped victims on the day of the attack and then was on the teams that searched for bodies for weeks. He has been very active in advocating for the families over the years and has also talked about the PTSD he suffers from that day. His performance in King of Staten Island is particularly poignant given his own history with the story.

      • Sue says:

        Yes that too! An all around genuine person.

      • Oliphant says:

        Lightpurple, how wonderful what a great human! Made me a little teary!

  2. JanetDR says:

    He looks good when he’s being himself too!

  3. Esmom says:

    “You know you’ve made it when you’ve reached Dressed Up as My Own Character Costume fame.”

    Yes! I saw this yesterday and was delighted. I didn’t see the part about Elvis Costello, though. Looks like he was also maybe dressed as himself, lol.

  4. Merricat says:

    Ah, I love Buscemi AND Costello. And Brooklyn. What a treat!

  5. outoftheshadows says:

    A friend of mine passed away some years ago… he was close with Buscemi’s brother. He knew Steve Buscemi and his wife Jo Andres (she also passed away in 2019.) Had nothing but good things to say about all of them.

    It’s nice when someone who is a national treasure is also a real-life treasure.

  6. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Hecate, I loved your Halloween pics! I love Steve and this costume is the best!

  7. On my first trip to NYC about 10 years ago, the tour guide lived somewhere in Steve’s neighborhood and told us about his help with 9/11 and just in general how great Steve is. I loved hearing it and wanted to share.

  8. Super Fan says:

    Wow, it shows just how effectively the brain tricks itself (Mandela Effect?), because I totally thought he was in the actually 21 Jumpstreet movie with that getup.

  9. lucy2 says:

    I love that he did this!

  10. Jenny says:

    Are people no longer wearing masks?

    • Abby says:

      Outside? We are sticklers for masks but didn’t wear them outside. Enough experts have said its pretty safe being outside without a mask that we feel good about it.

  11. Watcher says:

    What a wholesome, heartwarming story! I didn’t know anything about his firefighting days or helping out on 9/11 either, so thanks fellow gossips for that hot goss. 😉

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      It really is and I didn’t know he was a firefighter or the 911 story either. Cool guy.

      Love the creatures out of the cages part. Growing up, some of my older siblings had great fun coming up with ways to scare us younger ones on Halloween.

  12. Abby says:

    I have to say the halloween costumes I’ve seen on the social medias over the last few days have delighted me. Celebrities, normal people, fraternities dressing up like minions and gru, guys dressing up like that spiderman meme. I love it.

    Real life halloween felt so joyful this year. I just loved seeing trick or treaters again, and my kids are at the age (5 and 7) where all things halloween and costumes and candy is magical.

  13. The Recluse says:

    Steve Buscemi – Official National Treasure.