For a long time, after I was too old to trick or treat, I didn’t care about Halloween at all. But there’s something about working with students that just makes one want to dress up for the occasion. That, and the fact that we moved to a neighborhood where we expected we might actually get a good number of trick or treaters.
There was a bit of hemming and hawing on my end about what I’d wear for a costume this year. I wanted to do something inexpensive, recognizable and comfortable for a day of work and an evening of distributing candy. By the time I got around to seriously thinking about Halloween, I also needed a costume that was fast and easy to put together.
My Star Trek medical officer costume consisted of black pants and a black crew neck t-shirt I already owned, with a blue long sleeve v-neck shirt I picked up at Walmart for about $6. Brian took charge of making the combadge, based on instructions from this page and I used fabric glue to affix the ribbon to the sleeves. Yes, I own a sewing machine but I wanted to make this costume as easy as possible. This week was really busy and, despite my good intentions, I found myself gluing the ribbon and the pin last night. I was really happy with how my costume came out and many teacher and students expressed their approval. Dressing up is fun!
Brian celebrated Halloween as a researcher from Aperture Science, the laboratory in the Half-Life and Portal video games. This was a big hit with the kids at school. We purchased the lab coat online and Brian created an ID badge on the computer. I’ve been promised that the lab coat will be part of other costumes in the future.
Despite the rain this evening, we gave out almost all the candy that we’d purchased — minus the one bag we had to sample, you know, for quality control. There are few things I like better than little kids in adorable costumes, so I was really pleased with the turnout of tiny superheroes, pirates and princesses. Next year we’ll probably make the investment in more candy; good weather will probably result in a lot more kids. I got several compliments from parents regarding my costume; the kids were too focused on the bowl of candy. It’s almost tempting to start planning my costume for next year.