Update! The costume was finished on time and in one piece. Arts and crafts success!
Halloween costume success!
I wanted to be a Crayola crayon for Halloween. Either Red Violet or Jungle Green. I was undecided. I got the idea from a Parents magazine piece on costumes for children. And before you start making fun of me for reading a magazine meant for busy parents — a role I am at least five years away from taking on, if ever — allow me to explain. Public relations professionals such as myself are often required to read publications we normally wouldn’t, Parents being a perfect example. Normally I would have no use for a magazine dedicated to the feeding, rearing, entertaining and whatever-elsing of young children. However, when said magazine is expected to include my client’s cheese grater in a Best Kitchen Tools for the Busy Mom feature, I skim the pages and from time to time stumble upon really awesome ideas ie. a Crayola crayon costume. What can I say? I work a glamorous 9 to 5.
I gave up on the crayon costume for two reasons. Number one, I was mercilessly ridiculed by my peers. Apparently, crayon costumes are not cool. Who knew? Certainly not me. Number two, I realized (thanks to a gentle and patient reminder from a good friend) that I am terrible at purchasing/making Halloween costumes. I dream up grand ideas of what I want to be and then never follow through. I wait until the very last minute, and then either can’t find the crucial piece and/or realize I don’t have the arts and crafts skills necessary to make it (the crayon costume required sewing) at which point I end up disappointed and wearing a haphazard, thrown together costume on Halloween night. Oh, and like any mature adult, I spend the first part of the night whining about my crappy costume. All in all, not a good situation.
This is my "So excited about my crappy 60s/70s mash up costume" face.
Let me provide you with a few examples: Freshman year of college I tried to be a French maid (original, I know), but wound up looking more like a waitress wearing fishnets. Last year I wanted to be a pin-up girl, but procrastinated and settled for a 60s/70s mash up, courtesy of really big hair and a cheesy dress I found at Goodwill. And let’s not forget the year I decided to be a gangster, but really just looked like, well, a skank wearing a fedora. *sigh* Halloween has not been good to me. But this year will be different! I will redeem myself. This year my costume will be awesome because I have a new idea. An idea that is a million times cooler than a Crayola crayon. Or at least I think it is, but as the crayon episode has proved, I’m not really up on what’s “cool.” But nevertheless, this year for Halloween, I am going to be…
A CONVERSATION HEART!
I just blew your mind didn’t I? Oh man, it’s going to be amazing. I’ve even made some progress in costume preparation. See below…actually wait. A quick note for those ignorant in the ways of candy: conversation hearts are the little heart-shaped candies with words imprinted on the front that people give each other on Valentine’s Day. Okay, now, see below.
So… maybe not that much progress, but glitter and glue is a start. And considering it’s only October 12th, I’m way ahead of schedule. Now all I need is some cardboard, pastel purple paint, and strips of cloth or flexible plastic. I’ve detailed my construction plan below. You’ll notice there is no sewing involved. Live and learn, people. Live and learn.
Step 1: Get my ass to Home Depot to buy cardboard, spray paint and something to make straps out of.
Step 2: Cut out two big hearts from the cardboard. And by big I mean, can’t-sit-in-the-cab-while wearing big. To answer your question, no I don’t plan on ever sitting down.
Step 3: Paint both hearts pastel purple, and write “Be Mine” on one using glue and red glitter.
Step 4: Attach the two hearts with the strips of cloth or plastic, and wear like a tent sign with black leggings and a black tee underneath.
What do you think, readers? Good idea? If so, feel to free to use the idea! I’d love to see Seattle crawling in conversation hearts on Halloween night. Viva la non-slutty costume! (I say this with all due respect to slutty costumes. I spent the last six years having a blast hooching it up on All Hallows’ Eve. I’m really looking for the warmth factor this time around. And maybe some extra coverage seeing as the gym hasn’t exactly been my best friend as of late. You get the idea.)
So fill me in. What are you costume plans? Can we please share pictures? I promise to post photos of my costume in all its glory, and I hope you’ll do the same!
Happy costume hunting