So, we're into October now and although I don't like the coming cold, I love the upcoming Halloween! It's always been one of my favorite holidays. And when it comes to dressing up, I deck out! I don't like to just put a sheet over my head and call it good, when I put on a costume, I put on EVERY detail. Here's a story I have to share, I love it! (And now I'll have to go find the picture that goes with it, dang it!) (But I'll try and find it and post it so you can see.)
When I worked at Maceys in Provo, they always had a Halloween costume contest. This one guy, Trevor, won it like every year because he had excellent costumes. This one year, I was like, "Dang it, I'm gonna win this year!" And the first prize was $50. So I went home and got on the internet and started looking at costumes. I had to have something GOOD! I found a costume somewhere for Sleeping Beauty's 'Maleficent', it had the flowing robe with fire zig zags down it, and it came with a headpiece with her horns. I started getting ideas about what else I could add...but then I saw the price. $50 bucks?! That really got me started thinking what I could add, because if I could win, I'd pay for the costume. So, I went out on a limb and bought the costume. In the meantime, waiting for it to ship, I devoted my time to studying Maleficent. I put on the video and watched her, I put it on pause and looked at her details. She had dark purple eyeliner from the lids up to the eyebrows, she had painted nails, red red lips, and I even noticed a jeweled ring on her finger. (All the while taking notes!) And of course, she had the long pole with her bird. After extensive study, I set out to start collecting things. I went to good old Walmart and bought a wooden curtain rod with a ball at one end. I bought a big fake bird at Michael's Crafts that had wires coming out of its feet. My brother Dave, bless his soul, drilled the holes in the top of the pole and stuck the bird to the top of my "staff." (And there it stays to this day.) I also bought a jewel at Walmart that looked exactly like the ring she wore. I bought the perfect shade of green (mint color) for my face and skin, red red lipstick, purple eye-liner, etc. I was ready! The costume came and I tried it on. Much to my dismay, one of the horns (which were made out of stupid foam) hung down so I looked like Maleficent the bunny rabbit with a floppy ear. So my mother, bless HER soul, sewed some black sticks to the back and they stood up perfectly.
I was ready for the day! I got up early on the contest day and put on my green skin, red lips, ring, eyeliner, costume, etc. grabbed my staff and bird and headed off to work. The looks on people's faces when I went walking into Maceys, it was funny! People were like, "Holy cow! I think a villain just walked in here." They took a picture for the contest wall and I did my thing behind the cash register. My staff was just standing behind me. In walks Trevor in FULL Knights costume, complete with the chain vest and everything, and I thought, "Wow, that's awesome." A little girl came through my line with her parents and she whispered something to her mom (I think she was dressed like a princess), and her mom said, "She wants a picture with you." hehehe. It was so cute! So I went and got a picture with her. Okay, the story is a little long, I apologize. After all was said and done, me and Trevor were in a tie at the end of the day. And I believe it took like another day or two to decide on the outcome, but I ended up winning first and he got second, I believe. So I paid for the costume and I still wear it loud and proud to this day! I absolutely LOVE that costume!! It's treasured! I'll try to find the picture and post it. Halloween rocks, I love it!