Since I found out about the top prize for the office costume contest, I've been very keen to win this contest. Truth be told, although I had a pretty good idea that I would reuse my Magenta outfit from Rocky Horror Picture Show and slap on my zombie make-up, it just seemed a little weak. So when friends asked me what strategy I have for winning, I acted all secretive and kept my plans to myself. Luckily, a flash of brilliance came to me yesterday and it brought everything together. My Halloween 2007 theme would be "Little Tea Shop Of Horror".
Last night, I quickly whipped up a batch of vanilla cupcake with matcha white chocolate cream cheese frosting. I recycled the idea of marzipan fingers from my Zombie Cake and made a few dismembered fingers. I also picked up some theatrical blood and a styrofoam skull from the supermarket next door and I was all set. My persona would be a waitress from a tea shop with bruises and cuts all over, carrying a serving tray of teacup, cupcake, fingers, and skull splattered with blood. Obviously, the dismembered fingers were remnents of a customer who didn't tip me well. Indignant from this slight, I killed this customer but not without a few battle scars of my own. I think it was absolutely fabulous.
I adore the make-up I did for the bruises and cuts. In fact, they looked so real that they freaked out quite a few of my friends and asked if I was okay! The disturbed/concerned looks on their faces were testaments to how horrible those wounds appeared. Time to give myself a pat on the back.
Unfortunately, I did not win the costume contest much to my disappointment. I lost out to Elton John! Not to sound too much like a sore loser (which I am), I think any costumes involving writing out your character's name on your outfit is a bit...well, you know, overly self-explanatory? Heh. But anyway, as it turned out, the prizes were an iPod Nano Video and an iPod Shuffle, neither of which I could use for my birthday present. So I guess "no loss, no gain" is the phrase of the day.
(I knew I should have brought the rest of those cupcakes to bribe the judges.)