Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Halloween Help!

Okay, so I've been a bit of a slacker the past few Halloweens when it comes to costumes. I used to always come up with the most creative costume ideas...but lately? Meh. It just hasn't been high on the priority list. Last year, for example, I actually told people I was a "nudist on strike," when they complained about my normal attire. But this season, I've been invited to a massive costume party and was told that I HAVE to come dressed up. BOO!

So here's where you come in, dear readers. I need help! All creativity has left the building - I'm plumb tapped out. So what do you think I should be for Halloween? Obviously, there are the usual suspects: doctor/nurse, angel/devil, naughty school girl, witch, rock star, princess themes. But you know what I say to that? BORING! I could also try to do something more clever or "punny" like transforming into the "devil in the blue dress," or grabbing wings and a liquor bottle and calling myself a "barfly." A week or so ago, a guy friend and I discussed dressing up as Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston - but then we figured that would be a verrrry popular costume choice this year.

Other thoughts? I've considered going as the titular character from "Run Lola Run," primarily so I could don a crazy red wig. Plus, the outfit is super easy to pull together - black boots, cargo pants, grey tank top. Right now, however, I'm leaning toward dressing up as Joanna (Jennifer Aniston's character) from Office Space - one of my fave movies! It should be fairly easy. All I need is a green and white striped polo shirt, waitress apron, suspenders and flair - and voila! I have my own Chotchkie's uniform. Thoughts? Insight? What will you be dressing as this Halloween? Send me your stories! Also, I've mentioned this before, but I mentor for a refugee family and I'm taking the kids trick-or-treating next week. But before that, I have to help them design costumes. Any advice on hand-crafting kid costumes?

For giggles, I'm including two clips from Office Space, as well as some of the movie's more entertaining quotes.

* The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.

* No, not again. I... why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam?

* Good evening Sir, my name is Steve. I come from a rough area. I used to be addicted to crack but now I am off it and trying to stay clean. That is why I am selling magazine subscriptions.

* Excuse me? Excuse me, senor? May I speak to you please? I asked for a mai tai, and they brought me a pina colada, and I said no salt, NO salt for the margarita, but it had salt on it, big grains of salt, floating in the glass...

* Oh, and remember: next Friday... is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.

* I can't believe what a bunch of nerds we are. We're looking up "money laundering" in a dictionary.

* It was a "Jump to Conclusions" mat. You see, it would be this mat that you would put on the floor, and it would have different conclusions written on it that you could jump to.

* Uh-oh. Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

By the way, I know they showed the typical vanilla-frosting sheet cake in the Office Space scene embedded above, but doesn't this sound like the perfect fall sweet treat? Consider this sugar-free recipe if any of your office comrades have an upcoming birthday!

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

More low calorie recipes here


LJ said...

that's what I wanna be for halloween too but I couldn't find a shirt!! only 2 more days and I'm still looking! did you find one?

Katie said...

Hey Laura,
I think I spoke too soon about the Chotchkie's outfit being easy to pull together. So far, I've been unable to find a green & white polo shirt with vertical stripes. Sigh. With more time, I probably could have had one designed but looks like have to come up with a different costume this year. Please let me know if you happen to find one!