Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Misinterpreted Halloween Costumes

Candy and costumes… What more could you ask for from a holiday? How about awkward misinterpreted costumes…

One year my friend and I were obsessed with Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. As two blondies who were constantly mocked for the color of our hair, we were totally into embracing our inner Romy and Michele’s. So my mother, who is awesome, made us costumes.

Unfortunately, people thought we were Spice Girls. It was very awkward. Nothing against the Spice Girls. I loved them growing up and I still love Spice World. I haven’t watched the movie in a long time, but that’s only because I remember it as a teen and I refuse to have that memory tainted by things like reality and my cynical adult self.

Nothing against the Spice Girls… But “GIRL POWER!” is a really strange thing to have strangers yell at you in fake British accents. Especially on the spookiest night of the year. By the time we got home, we were just happy to be away from the inappropriate speculation. Spice Girls were just one of the things people thought we were… with short, sparkly dresses and high heels I guess you can imagine.

I didn’t imagine, before I went out that night. But that’s just my naïve self shining through. If you want to know the truth, it’s still not that hard to make me blush.

So it was a good idea… in theory. My mother made us exact replicas of the dresses Romy and Michele wore in the final scene. The movie really is good. It’s about being weird and strange and realizing it’s okay! I support this notion 100%. Of course, it’s also about a high school reunion. I’m pretty sure I was in high school when I saw that movie, but it helped me to see that no one lives on a rainbow forever. Life happens to people no matter where you are in the high school pecking order. (Do people even say that? High school pecking order?)

Anyway, I don’t have a picture. I’ll have to find one. Lol. But here’s a picture of me and my husband in college. We were pirates for Halloween that year. I’m pretty sure the girls I lived with called him our man-whore or something really inappropriate. Oh college…

Happy Halloween! Do you have an awkward costume story? Did someone think you were a lady of the night when you weren’t, or do things like that only happen to me? I guess I didn’t learn anything. That picture in college is still me on a street corner.

Kinley Baker (@kinleybaker)

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