Trick or Treat – UPDATED

October 24, 2011

in Blame The Sudafed, I Learn the Lessons So You Don't Have To

If you ask me what my favorite holiday is, I’d say Christmas.  The cookies, the gifts, the tinsel, the cookies, what more could a girl want?  But secretly? I have a bit of an obsession with Halloween.

Not with the spooky side.  Haunted Houses?  Just aren’t my thing.  If I want someone to jump out and scare the ever-loving-crap out of me, I’ll just walk down an alley some evening.  And if you hadn’t realized it, all those creepy cobwebs?  I could do without.  And don’t even get me started on how hard that fake blood must be to get out your hair.  Ugh.

So maybe Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Or it would be.  If it came with costumes.

Because I?  LOVE a good costume.

When this was taken?  It wasn’t even Halloween.

Much to my mother’s chagrin, I’ve yet to grow out of this phase.

In middle school?  I dressed up as an angel.  Forget the fact that I had a bad case of head lice at the time.  There was no way I was going to let the fact that I’d have to immediately fumigate my costume and any candy I might collect stop me from dressing up in a white dress with silver tinsel.

And in high school?  I was a bag of Jelly Bellys.  That’s right.  I filled a clear plastic trash bag full of brightly colored balloons, and stepped into it up to my neck.  Then topped it off with a matching hat.  Voluntarily.

It’s a wonder my parents didn’t homeschool me.

Don’t worry…I classed it up once I got to college.

I don’t even Know who this guy is.  But, apparently, he shared my love of a good costume…

If you were my mother, or anyone directly related to me, you might hope that entry into the Real World would curb my enthusiasm a tad.

Fortunately for this post, you’d be wrong.

It’s not that I intended to be the only one at my first post-college job in full costume on Halloween.

It’s just that no one sent me the Memo.

You know.  The MEMO.  The one that says when an office party lands on Halloween and employees are encouraged to participate in the spirit of the holiday?  They mean throw on a witch’s hat.

Not show up in full Renaissance Serving Wench regalia.

Sadly, there is no photographic proof of this.  You are just going to have to trust me when I tell you that, after just 3 months on the job, I wore this to the office:

Sans cleavage.  Mostly.

You’d think that when the office’s resident Crazy Cat Lady complimented me on my dress, I’d have reconsidered the whole costumes obsession…

Which brings us to today.  When, in just 4 hours, I have a Halloween party with my brand new Mommy group.  The invitation clearly mandates I dress the kiddos up.  Which is AWESOME.  Because now?  Instead of just dressing myself up each year?  I get to dress up TWO more people!  AND when you’ve got kids?  Halloween isn’t just one day.  It’s an entire weekend of costume-encouraged activities running up to the big day!  

This must be what Hanukkah feels like

Now.  Here’s my dilemma.  The party invite also includes the phrasing: “I would love to have the kids dressed up in costume and moms if they would like to!”

Obviously, if I were throwing this shindig there’d be no question.  Costumes for everyone!!  But I’m not.  And I’ve only met a few of the moms at this group once before.  In fact, I’ve only met the hostess twice.  And, to be quite frank, they strike me as the office-Halloween crowd.

So.  The question is – do I throw aside my love of a fantastic costume?  Give up the perfect opportunity for a pre-Halloween dress rehearsal and opt for the more subtle, yet still, barely, participatory black shirt and orange accessories combo?

Or do I go all in?


Leah October 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

The Jelly Belly costume is inspired. And as someone who is sitting at work dressed in a full dino suit, All In is always the right answer.

Domesticated Gal October 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

You? Are my hero.

the grumbles October 31, 2011 at 10:22 am

always all in. we went to a halloween dance in our neighborhood saturday and there was no indication if adults should also dress up. OF COURSE I DID. i mean, i was a lynx and i wore jeans but HECK YES. but of course, you already went. so i hope you dressed up.

Domesticated Gal October 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

See? THAT is what I need. Something that could pass for regular clothes in a pinch. Although I think half the mom’s there may have thought I was just the weirdo who regularly wears a vintage dress in her day-to-day snot-covered life!

Poppy October 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

I love Halloween too and always dress up on Halloween. I don’t have the energy for all of the parties though, there are just too many! Hope you had fun :)

Domesticated Gal October 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

Yeah…we ran out of steam around 5pm Saturday.

NSC October 24, 2011 at 11:22 am

ALL IN! How often do we get chances to dress up?? I think you must be my long lost twin or something…except I’m a little scared of dressing up at my office. Not sure the pregnant nun thing would go over so well. Going as the kool-aid man instead (gotta put that belly to good use!). A little jealous that I won’t have my baby in time to dress her up. Kid costumes are the BEST.

Shame those other moms who put a wig on and call it good!

Domesticated Gal October 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I TOTALLY did the pregnant nun outfit when I was pregnant! Although not to the office…and I somehow forgot to show those pics to my grandmother…

But I love the Kool-Aid idea! So much better than just painting the bump as a pumpkin.

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