Hallelujah. Halloween is over. I couldn't be happier. It is not my most favorite holiday. Actually, it might even be my least favorite holiday (tied with Administrative Professionals Day). This year, I actually denied some "trick or treaters" some candy, not because I am a Halloween scrooge, but because they were not wearing costumes. Seriously? Who knocks on a stranger's door, asks for candy and doesn't wear a costume!? I'll tell you who, the 14 year old me, that's who! Been there, done that.
I found this awful picture of myself tonight from the 1998 Flagstaff Institute of Religion's Halloween Extravaganza -
Dressing as a gypsy and telling fortunes inside a tent with UNO cards at a church activity seemed like a really good idea at the time. Notice the thought and effort that went into that costume? There wasn't any! It took five minutes to tie a scarf around my head and put on too much eye shadow. When I used to dress up on Halloween, I was the master of the "5 Minute Costume." Other such quickie costumes I have had over the years include -
The Gap Employee - Jeans, White T-Shirt and name tag that says, "Gap."
The Headless Horseman - Wear a dress shirt that is too big for me, put it over my head,look through an open button hole, name tag that says, "I am headless."
Ghost - White sheet. Name tag optional.
Beatles Fan - Dress like someone from the 60's or 70's. Wear a name tag that says "I Love the Beatles."
An Intersection - Wear an arrow name tag.
Ninja - Black sweat pants and black sweatshirt. Wear a name tag that says "Ninja."
If you haven't figured it already, the key to a quick Halloween costume is usually wearing a NAME TAG.
Lucky for me, I have kids now, which give me a great excuse to not dress up. This year the kids were Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook. No name tags required. (Except, that I did consider putting one on Luke because people kept calling him Robin Hood.)