The title for this blog is brought to you by “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” an awesome yet creepy movie by Tim Burton that everyone should know about. Danny Elfman did the soundtrack and was the voice of Jack Skellington and every time I think about Halloween that song comes to mind.
Halloween this year was really fun. I have decided that the amount of enjoyment of the holiday this year is directly proportional to the amount of thought I put into my costume, which was a significant amount. (I was a purple witch. Key features of the costume include a purple witch’s hat, a purple sparkly cat, and purple and black striped knee socks. The socks are so awesome my costume next year might revolve around other socks like this pair.) I got many compliments on the costume. The shoes, which had two inch heels, were less appreciated, especially by my feet.
A high point in my day was when the puppeteer who operates the spider in the tower of the library (I realize that this reference means nothing to people with no familiarity with the parade) saw me and said he liked my look. I mean, it just doesn’t get much better. A low point was when one of the regular patrons continued to praise my costume to the point where it was creepy. The “Are you a good witch or a bad witch” question also got tiresome after a while.
Here’s a rundown of other costumes:
- “Lea” came as The Cat in the Hat. The costume was pretty great and included whiskers that were intended for a Baby Mouse costume. The whiskers also emphasized Lea’s nose twitching habits and just made everything much cooler. Lea and I are of a mind that the library should make whiskers a part of a daily dress code, but that might just be us.
- There were at least five pirates at the party and I have to say everyone looked really amazing.
- Another clerk came as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” (but with a mini skirt and spiky stilletto shoes)
- “Ralph” came as a charming, good-looking guy. I told him the whole point was to be something different on Halloween. *sigh*
- Then a YA contingent came as video game ratings (“E is for Everyone,” “T is for Teen,” and “M is for Mature”) which is just so awesome for YA librarians. And the costumes were pretty cool.
- “GC” came as any number of things. The actual costume was a brown, baggy, velour track suit with a large gold whistle.
I enjoyed GC’s costume because it was a different thing every time someone asked about it. Explanations include:
“I’m a rapper.”
“He’s a pimp.” (I don’t know who to attribute this to.)
“I’m a dentist from New Jersey.”
“I’m the owner of a small waste management facility in New Jersey. My name is Tonk Knuckles.”
“He’s a creepy uncle that gets too close.” (thank you Ralph)
GC: “I look like Sugar Bear from the cereal.”
Lea: “Who?” (we both heard “serial” instead of “cereal”)
Upon being told he did not, in fact, look like Sugar Bear: “But I feel like a bear.” (No words.)
Oh and people in the parade had costumes too . . .