Catherine Takes On Halloween: Part 1
In the next two posts, I’m going to share with you the eight things I did this year to take on Halloween.
#1 DRESSED UP
First step: First of all, I opened my mind to the possibility of dressing up. I didn’t want to force myself to dress in costume, but I wanted it to be an option this year. Sure, I’ve dressed up over the years, but these times were few and far between. While talking about the possibility of dressing up, my boss said to me, “You should be a bumble bee!” To which, I freaked out and decided I could totally be a bumble bee. I wonder, now, if I was just susceptible to ideas, and he could have said anything. “You should be a vampire!” “You should be a witch!” “You should be an alien!” “You should be a massage therapist known for her happy endings!” I don’t know if I would have gotten quite so excited about those suggestions. But when he said I should be a bumble bee, I was sold.
Second step: Find a suitable bumble bee costume. Now, I didn’t want to be just a bumble bee. I wanted to be a sexy/slutty bumble bee. I know it’s probably a slap in the face of feminism, but damn it, this year I am not engaged. This year I am not seven years into a relationship (with a guy that didn’t appreciate it when I showed the goods to the world). This year, I’m 25 years old and soon (if not already), I’ll be too old to dress ridiculously. This year I was going to be sexy.
I searched online, and very briefly considered making a costume. And then I remembered that I am in no way crafty enough to make a costume. Instead, I headed to the costume store with Chef.
And a side note here, I loved that Chef encouraged me to dress up. Just sayin’.
At said costume store, I found a sexy bumble bee costume that worked for me. Here it is (on a model, not me, I wish!). And note, I had to buy an extra “extender” skirt, because there was no way I was leaving the house in the costume’s skirt alone.
Third step: Find the courage to wear the costume in public and have a hell of a time. This required that I wear it on neutral ground, where I knew lots of people and would have less judgment than a party full of strangers. That place was the lake. I got some encouragement from my family and friends, as well as some liquid courage, and went out in the bumble bee costume. I laughed at how ridiculous I looked for hours, didn’t feel like myself at all and overall had an incredibly fun time. Even though I looked like a ho.
Fourth step: Find the courage to post pictures on the blog. And, here they are. This was not an easy step, considering I HATE pictures of myself.
#2 PAINTED PUMPKINS
Remember how I said I’m not crafty? Well, this year, I channeled my inner Martha Stewart and got crafty. We had pumpkin painting event at work, and I went to town on my pumpkin. Granted, I got a little frustrated when I didn’t know how to glue poof balls to pipe cleaners (I must have missed all the arts and crafts in school, because frankly I’m clueless). And, my coworkers hated on my pumpkin quite a bit, and called it ugly (boo coworkers J ). But here’s the pumpkin I painted. I named him Hank and gave him to Chef as a gift. And proceeded to tag the pumpkin as Chef on Facebook. Because I thought it was funny.
#3 LEARNED HOW TO SPELL PUMPKIN
This Halloween, I learned how to correctly spell pumpkin. Um, who knew that pumpkin had two “p”s? I have been saying it like pumkin for years, not really saying the second “p.” It was a silent “p” to me. I’m an idiot.
Next time, I’ll tell you about the other five things I did this year to take on Halloween.