Intern Hilary: It's Birthloween!
In my opinion, Halloween is the best holiday of the year. October 31st is not only one day of the year where debauchery of all sorts is permitted, but it is also my birthday. And this year, it’s my 21st. Usually, birthday girls wear the outfit that they would not be allowed to get away with on any other day of the year, often because it is so blatantly attention-grabbing and screams, almost rudely, “look at me! It’s my birthday!” Now apply that theory to my Halloween birthday. The question for me isn’t can I top last year’s outfit?, but rather, can my costume this year be even better than last year?
I’ve had some borderline-epic costumes over the years. For the first three years of my existence, I was a pumpkin. In pre-kindergarten, I was a white cat, and in kindergarten, a cheerleader. First grade I dressed as a giant silver foil Hershey’s Kiss, and third grade I was Robin Hood. By the time middle school rolled around, I think I believed myself to be “over” dressing up. But then high school arrived and I got back into the swing of things, dressing as “Camo Girl,” a character of my own invention.
And then came college. Freshman year I was a Beer Girl, fondly known as “German Beer Maiden Fraulein Girl.” As a sophomore, I was a Trojan warrior complete with red-plumed helmet and dagger. This year, I will be the yellow “Fanta” girl on Friday night, complete with the perfect accessories: three friends to dress up as the other Fantas. On Saturday the 31st, my 21st, I will return to the basics and be a cheerleader, complete with my very own football player. Although this costume is a tad different than the one I sported in Kindergarten, it will no doubt stir fond memories as I celebrate reaching the legal drinking age (relatively) unscathed.
So for this one night of the year, have fun and go crazy, but remember the wise words of my older brother: “safety is key.” There’s nothing like jail time to ruin a birthday!
qwp’s Halloween Editor’s note: happy birthday, BOO!