I am, overall, not a huge fan of costumes. I blame my parents and countless 80s afterschool specials for indoctrinating me too thoroughly with the “be yourself” message. And, under normal circumstances, my antipathy towards playing grown-up dress-up isn’t a problem; it’s not as if there’s a huge call for costumes in the workplace. (Though I did used to have a boss, who would often suggest wacky/themed outfits for big presentations. My colleagues and I pretty much always shot him down.)
This week, however, is Halloween — the only time of year when my dislike of costumes is considered not only weird, but practically un-American. (There’s a topic for another post…) I usually just hide in my apartment in my regular clothes, but this year I can’t, because a really good friend is having a Halloween party.
So, I need help figuring out a costume, though it has to meet certain criteria. It needs to be both quick and easy to pull together. I want to be able to make it out of things I already own. If I need supplies, I don’t want to have to go any further than CVS. The name can’t involve the word “sexy” (e.g. “sexy nurse” or “sexy witch”) but if I look hot while wearing it, that’s OK. And I don’t want to go as Sarah Palin.