It happens to me every year.
Every year, I wait until the last minute, and then at about 8 PM on October 30th, I decide I want to dress up for Halloween.
And with that decision, I head to my mom’s basement and rummage through her “Halloween Bag”. It’s mostly filled with really old little kid costumes that hold the musty stench of years in a garbage bag in the basement – clown wigs and witch hats and capes and devil horns – but I always end up coming up with something.
And this year, this is it. I call it “50 Shades of Orange”:
(Please note: That orange-and-black-Cat-in-the-Hat-Halloween-style chapeau? I think I’ve worn it every year for the past 15 years. And it always makes me think of the year I wore it to Gavan’s for the big Halloween bash, and I think every person in the bar wore it at some point during the night. That hat holds memories, my friends! And possibly some germs, too. ;) )
Anyways. Not bad, for a last-minute costume, right? And there are perks with this costume. For one thing, it took all of 5 minutes to pull it together (including the time spent rummaging through Mom’s “Halloween Bag”). I spent more time painting my nails alternating black & orange than anything else. Another great part is that the rest of the outfit basically consists of black tights and a warm sweater, so I get to be super-comfy all day sitting at my desk.
Oh, but there are woes. As anyone who has ever worn a mask before will relate to. Such as…
- Trying to drink coffee/water… There is no mouth hole in this mask. I have to keep lifting it up to take a drink.
- I keep reaching up to scratch my nose, and instead I scratch hard plastic.
- Remember that sore throat I told you about yesterday? Well, today it’s turned into a cough. Every time I feel a cough coming on, I panic. I feel like if I don’t lift the mask up in time, I’ll blow it right off my face.
- I have nose holes, so breathing shouldn’t be a big problem. But somehow, it is.
- It’s kind of hot and sweaty in here.
- When I talk, I think I sound perfectly normal, but they tell me I sound more like Charlie Brown’s teacher.
- I have to lift the mask to talk on the phone, because otherwise the person on the other end wouldn’t be able to understand me.
- I keep smiling for pictures. There is no point.
- My breathing sounds amplified, and I keep thinking everyone can hear it and that they’re annoyed by my loud mouth breathing.
- The coffee breath inside this thing? It’s naaaaaaaasty.
- It might be a little too scary for little people – although, I tried to scare Faith this morning, and she handled it like a champ! ;)
I arrived at work this morning to find out that I wasn’t the only one who dressed up for the occasion. I thought Lindsay’s costume was pretty clever…and pretty cute, too!
I hope you are all having a fantastic Halloween! It’s looking pretty rainy and dreary around these parts, which might put a little damper on the fun for kids tonight – but I know a little rain never held me back as a kid!
Looking forward to seeing all the trick-or-treaters tonight! :)
Have a SPOOKTACULAR day!!