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Or maybe you’re excited for all the steals and deals. I still think it’s weird that we’re already seeing Christmas stuff up before Halloween even gets here. And speaking of Halloween…
It’s once again time for me to come up with a costume. Of course, I’m lazy and cheap, so I’m just modifying my costume from last year slightly.
The heels last year were awesome and gothy, but they were also painful as hell. Which I might endure for a party, but this year I’m doing a pub crawl with my trivia group (costumed nerds!). There is no amount of alcohol available that would sufficiently numb my feet for a walking tour of bars and the utter lack of seating in each location.
So I’m borrowing Tim’s motorcycle boots and wearing black jeans to go with it. I’ll also be wearing a different choker — the one I got for my ’80s night costume (which is itself inspired by last year’s Halloween costume) — so at least I’m getting some extra mileage out of the whopping $5 I paid for the thing. Still, $5 is arguably expensive for a one-time use item, so I’m glad I’ve been able to incorporate it into other costumes (and an occasional dress-up-for-a-night-on-the-town outfit).
I’m fighting the urge to go to Hot Topic and see what jewelry is there. Plenty of goth stuff to be had, I’m sure, most of which would make the outfit more convincing, but I don’t want to spend too much on this costume either. Even a couple of items would probably add up to $12-15. Considering that this is a pub crawl, the night will be expensive enough. Besides my friend is lending me her fingerless mesh gloves, so punk bracelets might look superfluous.
Similarly, I’m tempted to go get a foundation that’s one shade too light to make me look even paler. But that’s $7-12 depending on brand and coupon availability. That’s one to two drinks, depending on drink specials. My whole objective is — or is supposed to be — keeping this outfit cheap.
Speaking of cheap and easy outfits, it was suggested that I go as Jessica Jones. Goodness knows I’ve got the complexion and dark hair (even the right length!) for it. But I feel like that’s more of a party costume. If people asked what I was at a party, I could hand out Alias Investigation business cards or otherwise explain the costume. I think in a bar setting it’d just look like I hadn’t dressed up. Or I’d have to lug a camera and heavy leather jacket around.
As it is, I’m debating whether to wear my faux-leather jacket for the goth outfit because it’s going to be in the 80s when this pub crawl gets started.
On the one hand, I think perhaps even an ounce of modesty demands a jacket. On the other hand, if it’s too hot, I’ll just be carrying the damn thing all night. So maybe I’ll have to brave the world in just a bustiere and try to be unapologetic about it. Or maybe I’ll wear the fishnet top again to have something over the abundance of bosom.
Feel free to look at the pictures and weigh in. Especially the punk outfit since that shows more from up top, which is to say just how much of me will be exposed. Ahem.
As for actual Halloween, I’ve decided to stop being a scrooge at Halloween and start actually handing out candy. We didn’t hand out candy one year because I’d just had a miscarriage and couldn’t handle adorable kids. It turned into a miserly/lazy tradition, but I’m determined to knock it off this year.
Of course, my luck no kids will come by and I’ll be stuck with too many sweets. Mom says the trick is to only open one bag of candy at a time so that you can return whatever doesn’t get opened. But that’s still at least of a bag of candy that will just be sitting around the house. Om nom nom.
What are you going to be for Halloween?