October 5, 2014

five on the fifth: october 2014

For the Spooktacular October edition (see what I did there? Spooktacular. Get it? Amazing, yeah?) I figured I'd get in the spirit of fall and Halloween while sharing five of my favorite "looks" from Halloweens passed.

1. When I was five, I dressed up as Princess Buttercup--or at least my version of her--because I was obsessed with The Princess Bride. At the time we only had a taped-off-of-TV copy of the movie. One of the commercials was for Michael Bolton's "When a Man Loves a Woman." This never casesed to make me feel funny, and not in a good way.

2. At six I dressed up as a ballerina, because I was hooked on The Nutcracker. I went on to take two eight-week beginning ballet classes at the rec center. I quit immediately after the second class, because no one else wore tights, a leotard, or tutu. If they weren't going to take ballet seriously, neither was I.

3. At six and seven (don't worry, we'll move out of the early years soon) I dressed as Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. Not because I loved the crap out of the Kim Kardashian of Disney princesses, but because the costume my mother made was pretty much the most bitchin' costume ever made. Bonus: It was still relevant in year two.

4. In fifth grade I dressed up as Cher from Clueless (notice a trend of where I found most of my inspiration as a child?). In hindsight, I'm not sure I successfully pulled off the look, but at the time I felt like a baller in my blonde wig.

5. At twenty-four, I wore my most political costume when I dressed as a BP oil spill worker. I'd just moved back from Texas and was more than a little bummed and pissed about my beloved Gulf Coast being destroyed. In addition to stealing a logo from the BP website and labeling a jug of spiked apple cider "water sample," I splashed black paint all over a white painter's suit, white hard hat, and a "Don't Mess with Texas" shirt. I raided my collection of personal protective equipment to complete the look. Totally bad ass.

Fun fact: I used one of my leftover masks when I was
refinishing the furniture I wrote about here, here, and here.

Your turn: What is your favorite Halloween costume from your past?

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  1. My mom made me a wicked awesome Snow White costume once. It was amazing. And in grade six I dressed up like a pirate - complete with a stuffed animal parrot on my shoulder. I'm thinking this year (since I'll be at a workplace that I am SO hoping allows for costumes) I'm going to go sort of basic and be Tris...I have the tattoos from my DVD of Divergent, after all!

  2. I'm not a fan of Halloween, but in my adult years, I've attended a few parties that required costumes. Since I'm lazy, my favorite costumes are plays on words. One year, I pinned a bunch of spice names on my chest and went as a spice rack. Easy, free, and had people laughing all night. Winning!