Wednesday, November 4, 2015

For Halloween, I was....

My husband, Daniel, dressed as Darth Vader kind of?

Guys, I LOVE Halloween. It's very possibly my favorite holiday. I mean, seriously, it's got everything I enjoy:

1. Pumpkins
2. The "Thriller" dance
3. Adorable little girls dressed as adorable little Rosie The Riveters
4. Dogs dressed as literally anything
5. Corn mazes
6. Couples costumes (chicken & waffles, Sandy & Danny, left boob & right boob, etc.)
7. Pregnant lady costumes (ex: when a woman paints her belly to look like a basketball -- AMAZING!)
8. Themed parties
9. Fruity tootsie rolls
10. Spooky music
11. Halloween-themed treats (eyeball cake pops, spaghetti that looks like brains -- that sort of thing)
12. The Monster Mash
13. Ghost stories ("She's been deeeaaad for seven yeeaarrsss" = YES)

But believe it or not, there was a time in my life in which I wasn't able to enjoy such pleasures. You see, as a child, my family didn't actively celebrate Halloween. My parents just weren't super into it, so for the most part, I didn't trick-or-treat or even dress up.

No, wait. It gets worse.

Instead, on October 31st, my family would celebrate Reformation Day: the anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of The Wittenberg Castle Church. And by the way, if you don't know what any of those words mean, don't worry about it. All you need to know is that Reformation Day doesn't involve any candy and it blows.

That said, now that I am an adult, I make it my mission to do it up right on Halloween. The thing I get into the most, obviously, is my costume. After a deprived childhood in which I regularly dressed up as a cat alone in my bedroom instead of trick-or-treaing, you bet your ass I'm going to commit to wearing a solid costume.

This year, I was definitely feeling the pressure since, not going to lie, I've sort of been crushing it over the last couple of years. Last year, I dressed as pizza and the year before that, I was a piƱata. Both involved a lot of crepe paper and patience.

But after WEEKS (okay fine, days...okay fine, minutes) of planning this year's costume, I finally landed on something I was sure would wow the world. As I began crafting it, I pictured myself walking around the streets of New York receiving applause and windmill high-fives from strangers. You ready to see it?

Okay so first off, what do you think I am?

Not sure?

Yeah, most everyone was puzzled by this particular look. I mean, I was wearing animal ears, so people were at least 90% sure that I was, in fact, in-costume, but they couldn't quite figure it out beyond that.

Some educated guesses I received: a mouse, a mouse carrying a purse, a mouse from the University of Michigan.

Overwhelmingly, however, people thought that I was dressed as the animated rodent superhero, Mighty Mouse, who, by the way, looks like this:

Via Wired

So yeah, I definitely was not Mighty Mouse.

Any more guesses though?

What if I told you that the little tag on my suspenders said, "Send better email."

Still don't know?



Via Questioning Creatives

Specifically, I was Mailchimp Freddie: the mascot for the super-uber-popular email newsletter service, famously mispronounced as "mail KIMP" on Serial, the most popular podcast of all time.

So does that ring any bells? Do you get it nooowwwW?!!

Meh, forget it.

My friend Robyn dressed AS A ROBIN. Now, THIS is a costume.
Seriously, though, don't feel bad if you couldn't tell what my costume was. Mailchimp sponsors basically every single podcast I listen to (plus, I use it), so for me, it is very much a part of my life. What I neglected to realize was that not everyone listens to podcasts or sends newsletters and also it's really hard to distinguish between chimp ears and mouse ears. Whoops.

Whatever, people may not have necessarily "understood" my costume, but I still felt good about it.

And my ambiguous animal costume didn't stop me from having one of the most legendary Halloweens of my human existence. Evidence:

What did you dress up as for Halloween? Here's hoping it was less obscure than my costume! 

Oh, but before I go, since I was dressed as Mailchimp and everything, I feel it would be remiss of me not mention my mailing list. I have one. It's hosted by Mailchimp. If you want to get fun updates and extra content sent straight to your inbox (including a FREE e-book that you can download right. freaking. now), then sign up below!

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  1. this is possibly my favorite costume ever.

  2. Next year I will have to go as Aweber. Ha! Intenet humor. (Btw- my phone kept trying to auto correct that to "awe berries" or "as wetter " Equally awesome costume ideas.)

    1. Lol I would LOVE to see an Aweber costume, but I think an awe berries costume might be easier. Just dress as a bunch of awe-inspiring berries, and you're good to go!

  3. I had no idea mail chimp existed but I think that's pretty darn clever. And also, Reformation Day? On HALLOWEEN? That's child abuse.

    1. You're telling me! Glad I could introduce you to Mailchimp, by the way. It's a game changer.

  4. MAIL CHIMP!!! I totally got it from the very beginning and nice job dressing up! You go girl. Love your blog and love your writing style. The voice you have when you write is incredible. Found you from the nectar collective and googled the blog you said in your little about me paragraph. So glad I found your blog. :)

  5. For actual halloween I was a boring ole fox. But for the disney halloween party my boyfriend and I were pretty obscure as well- we dressed as the devil and his wife from Hocus Pocus.


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