Well, Halloween has come and gone this year, yet again. For the 8 of you that read my Halloween post on this blog last year (here), you know how much I love Halloween. For the rest of you, you probably have no idea. I LOVE Halloween.
I always have. Recently, I haven't done much to celebrate it, and to be quite honest, last year was a bit of a bust. I prepared myself for trick-or-treaters to come to the door, only to have absolutely ZERO trick-or-treaters stop by for some candy. I was actually pretty sad about it--I basically spent the night alone in my apartment waiting for something that never came. I was pretty bummed.
I honestly can't even remember the last time I dressed up for Halloween. College, probably. There was a half hearted attempt at dressing up as Rory Gilmore during grad school, but aside from that, I haven't dressed up in many years.
So, being that I live in the same place as last year, I was prepared to not get any trick-or-treaters. In my attempt to keep my relationship with Halloween alive, I knew I had to do something else. So, this year, I decided to participate in my work's annual Halloween Costume Contest! (I actually signed up for the pumpkin carving contest too, but being a procrastinator of the most amazing degree, I only got the costume done. Oh well).
I dressed up this year as a Guts Winner! I had elbow pads, mouth guard, helmet--the whole 9 yards. As we did the little costume parade in front of our work, I fake jogged, and raised my piece of the "aggro crag" in the air, celebrating my victory. After our second lap was completed, we ended in front of the line of free sandwiches (and chips and cookies), and the costume wearers got first dibs! (which was pretty awesome, I realized, when I saw the ridiculously long line forming). Some people knew exactly what I was, and were pretty excited about it. Others? No clue.
Everyone lined up at the table to vote for the best costumes, and I honestly didn't think I'd win. I was just excited to have finally dressed up, when I had gone so long without doing so. But, around 3pm, the email came out listing the first, second, and third place for the costume contest-- and I had come in second! And, it included a prize! I was beyond floored--and slightly embarrassed that the post had included a picture of me for which I was woefully unprepared. Okay, I was prepared, but I didn't know it was going to be sent out in a company-wide email.
I will not reproduce that picture here; instead, I will post the picture I posted on Instagram, depicting my outfit (and which was liked by the Nickelodeon TV Instagram!):
Anyway, all in all, this Halloween was a much better time than last Halloween, and it just reaffirmed my love for the day.
For posterity, the day went like this: I wore winter PJs to bed for the first time this fall, I woke up to decidedly fall-like weather (overcast, with a bit of chill in the air), I went to work early, participated (and placed!) in the costume contest, got a free lunch, free treats, free soda, and then came home to watch scary movies with Tom (The Conjuring & Purge 2: Anarchy) & Cash, where we ordered pizza, and overdosed on candy corn and miniature kit kats, butterfingers, and the like (Tom & I did. Cash had a bit of pizza crust, and ate his dog food). Ended with the first rain of the season, tinkling of rain gutters, and an overall content.