Trick-or-Treat!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I'm not sure why, but I've never been a Halloween person. Well, scratch that. I was definitely a Halloween person when I was kid because I sure had some kickin' costumes (all thanks goes to my Mom for always having creative ideas). I started out my Halloween career right by being Little Bo Peep when my (little) brothers were sheep (and thus started my reign...). Then we were Batman, Robin, and Super Girl. Two football players and a cheerleader. I was a waitress one year and my mom made this cool tray with a strap on the bottom for my hand, then hot glued my kitchen play food on the top. I liked that one enough to do it twice. There was Garden Party Barbie year, but that wasn't my best. I remember this tomboy girl (name withheld- but oh do I know it) being like, "What are YOU supposed to be?!?" If you knew me in third grade, you know I didn't look like Barbie.

But I haven't dressed up in years now. I don't know why... I guess I haven't had a reason. In college, the Georgia-Florida game was always on Halloween weekend (still is), so everyone dresses up and goes out the night before the game, but it was generally an excuse for girls to dress like skanks, so I never did. I don't know what I've been doing since I moved to DC, but I've never done anything here either. Everyone gets excited and talks about what they're dressing up as, but we don't have any plans and I never have any cool costume ideas (any thoughts, Mom?)

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE IT for kids. I lived in this great English basement studio in Del Ray (Stroller Land) when I first moved here. I had a front door, a stoop and everything. I carefully carved a (really cool) pumpkin and bought a ton of candy for my trick-or-treaters. But alas, Halloween that year fell on a Tuesday and I had Bible study... And I had a Bible study leader at the time that I was a little afraid of and I didn't want to tell her I wasn't coming because it was Halloween, so I went... and turned on my outside lights...and left my candy bowl on the doorstep...with a note... sigh... I was obviously disappointed enough then to still remember the Halloween of '06 when I couldn't hand out candy, so I must be a little scarred. Maybe that's my proble, I didn't start things out right my first Halloween here.

Tomorrow is OctoberFest at Marymount. Kids who are underprivileged or live in bad neighborhoods can come to Marymount's main campus and trick-or-treat in the dorms, which the undergrads decorate. Then in the gym are all sorts of carnival games for the kids to play. The PT "club" (class) is trying to stay in good accord with the co-curricular council so we'll get enough funding to go to Vegas (Vegas baby!) in February. (I mean, we're going to Vegas (Vegas baby!) regardless, but it'd be awesome if Marymount wanted to buy our plane tickets...). Therefore, we're running a booth and we all have to dress up. My bright idea? I'm wearing my scrubs and the white lab coat that I knew would come in handy after freshman chemistry. Doesn't get much more creative than "doctor," huh? Do you think seven year olds know who Izzy is? I do have short blond hair and bangs... Or I could just practice making little kids call me Dr. Kate?

At least I have a reason to dress up this year. I'll let you know how it goes...

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