As a child, I loved Halloween. I loved getting to play dress up for the night. I used to pick out my costume in September. Actually, I think I picked my costume in August one year. And some years, I had two costumes: one for the local parade and one for Halloween night.
Now, I’m one of those people who put off finding a costume until the last minute. This has resulted in some pretty ridiculous costumes. Such as my sophomore year of college when I was a cat.
Except I didn’t put any thought into my costume. I used eyeliner to color my nose black and draw whiskers and wore things that existed in my closet: a black long-sleeve shirt, skirt, tights and Uggs. And I added a pink headband. When I showed up to a party, my friends laughed because I didn’t have a tail or ears. So they found a black marker and pink construction paper and made me ears.
This year, my costume wasn’t quite as, well, lazy. But I did re-use a great costume from a few years ago.
Because when your name is Anna, the obvious costume is a banana. Ben went as Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock. We put a ton of baby powder in his hair, and he wore a suit. His costumes always include a suit. At some point during the night, we established that if Jack and Liz Lemon ever celebrated Halloween together, she would be in someone equally as ridiculous as a banana suit.
To celebrate, we met some friends at a local bar with a costume contest. None of us won, but we still had a great time. The most creative costume of the night was a guy who made his own Travelocity gnome. The costume that received the least cheers from the crowd: the guy who went as the 1 percent (he looked like the old man from Monopoly).
My guess is this won’t be the last Halloween that I’ll be a Banana.
What were you for Halloween? Do you buy or make your costume? Do you ever reuse a costume?