Yesterday for me required two costumes. I knew that at least two of my friends would be popping into my workplace to see if I had dressed up, but I didn't want to get fired, give any old dears aneurysms, or scare any small children, so for work I chose a surprisingly colourful, Cheshire cat themed outfit (the first Disney Cheshire Cat, because I own more stuff in pink and purple than in blue).
I was slightly disappointed with the make-up because the false eyelashes I bought to go with it didn't stick (rubbish glue) so it was a bit lacklustre. But for work it did the job!
Ears: Claire's, £4
Collar: pet store, £1
Necklace: Rock Love, as part of a Gothic Beauty subscription gift pack
T-shirt: charity shop, £2.50
Hoodie: Living Dead Souls, on sale at alt shop, £15
Belt: alt store, £25
Skirt: either Sai Sai or GLP, Camden Market, £20
Tights: Asda, £2
Boots: New Rock via Attitude Clothing, £150
I still got a ten-minute lecture from one old lady because my cat ears startled her. "What are you wearing those ears for?! You scared me half to death!" I responded, slightly bewildered, that it was Halloween, and she looked the rest of my up and down and said, "Yes, I see that now." I decided not to tell her that everything from the neck down was pretty much how I dress every day.
Luckily, the next customer who came in was delighted to see somebody dressed up and said I was 'marvellous' and 'a tonic'.
I'd spent the morning trying to remember NOT to be offended when people complimented my Halloween costume, since that day I happened to actually be wearing one! The weirdest thing was walking around town on my lunch break; usually in my everyday clothes people point and stare and shout stuff, but on Halloween it's kind of expected that there will be people wearing unusual get-ups so everyone was polite and respectful. I wish that attitude was held more from day-to-day, not just once a year...
There was a moment of panic near the end of the day when my manager implied that I might have to work late! Thankfully everything got done in time and I managed to escape and head home to change into my next costume.
Skirt: Sai Sai or GLP, £25
Fishnets: no idea, probably about £2
Boots: as above
Necklace: Rock Love, as above
Dress: made in-store by volunteers at my local PDSA charity shop. I have been ruining their Halloween window displays for the last fortnight by buying half of it...
I wasn't originally going to wear this costume for the evening; I had dinner plans with Dan, my dad, and our family friends Gifford and Marva and I was pretty sure nobody else would be in costume. I also wasn't sure how well fake blood and zombie make-up would be received. But in the end I was so glad I wore it; our amazing hostess thanked me for dressing up which completely made my day!
The dinner was absolutely AMAZING. We had 'eyeballs', rum punch (complete with severed hand made out of ice), pumpkin with garlic, a Jamaican rice dish, home made apple crumble, red velvet cake and more! I had seconds and thirds, then ice cream and crumble and then cake, so my dress was nearly splitting at the seams. I actually had to take it off because the bodice was uncomfortably tight (I had a T-shirt and skirt on underneath).
We were really amused that Marva had managed to match the decorations on her delicious cake to my tattoo - without actually knowing I HAD a tattoo! :-)
|Advertising my dad's Vampire Blood Bank wine bottle labels (my concept, as I always have to interject)|
|Few people know that Dan and I have a system whereby we take it in turns to close our eyes in photographs...|