Costume Contest

Posted on Friday 28 October 2011

I have been called in to work the Halloween shift at my new job. “You have to wear a costume,” insisted one of my managers.

Okay, will do. But which one looks best with a three-pocket black apron and hideous non-skid shoes as accessories, and is still practical enough to allow me to work through a crowd?

Elfette dress–Simple and cute, and cost $2.39 at a 95-percent-off Wal-Mart sale last November 14. Looks adorable with fur-topped booties that are, sadly, impractical to wear to work.

St. Paulie Girl ensemble–Wore it on several Halloweens while tending bar in the Keys. This costume causes quite a stir, given its skirt length, and garners a decent tip or two. It cost me a fortune back in the day when I had a fortune, and requires dry cleaning.

Cinderella dress–RG Daughter wore this to a high-school costume party, and it comes complete with elbow-length gloves and a full petticoat. Will need to purchase a tiara to complete the look, however, and it is floor-length.

Vintage Capitals hockey sweater complemented by blacked-out teeth–Not sure this is best look for good tips, as comfortable as it would be. Guess I could lose the toothless part.

There we are. Talk amongst yourselves.


11 Comments for 'Costume Contest'

    October 28, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    The Capitals sweater would probably work well with a helmet (optionally with a visor) … even better if you can keep a stick somewhere close at hand. The stick is for whacking people who don’t tip well. The helmet would probably wear on you after a while, though. (Do they do foam-rubber hats for hockey like they do for football? Not that it would matter … I doubt you could get one in time for Monday.)

    The St. Pauli Girl costume seems second-best, although the dry-cleaning part is a drawback. That seems like a guarantee that someone will spill something on you.

    The Elfette idea is nice, but seems a little more appropriate for December work? I have no experience with floor-length dresses, but I suspect they aren’t really designed for this kind of work.

    October 28, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    You can borrow mine. I’m simply wearing my street clothes (although I will wear a dark shirt that won’t show a stain), with a name tag that reads “Mary” and applying gobs of fake blood around my hairline, ears, neck with drips here and there = Bloody Mary!

    Or you could do a variation on another term/name Old Yellar, Black-eyed Pea, green with envy, etc.

    Restaurant Gal
    October 28, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    zlionsfan–Yes, the Caps sweater is ideal in an easy, comfort way. We’ll see….
    cruzsuz–Love it.

    October 28, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    Black cat ears and a little face paint. Goes with the black apron.

    October 28, 2011 | 8:03 pm

    All look fun and would look great on you….but you did keep bringing up “tips”…..go for the tips!

    October 29, 2011 | 8:15 am

    If the temps are warm, St Pauli. If it’s a bit cooler, elf. Work those tips, babe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    October 29, 2011 | 9:15 am

    Go for Lady Godiva – very cheap, easy to clean and a guarantee for high tips ๐Ÿ˜‰

    October 29, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    St. Pauli definitely. The drycleaning is a bummer, but I bet the tips will more than make up for it.

    Restaurant Gal
    October 30, 2011 | 7:40 am

    I ended up wearing the elfette dress, tied a thick white feathered boa around my hair, and wore a sleek version of brown hiking boots topped with ruffled ankle socks. When asked what I was, I replied, “The October surprise snowstorm up north, which makes our pouring rain not look too terrible.” It was a good night.

    October 31, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Well played, RG, well played. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    October 31, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    St. Pauli would be my vote. But then again this is Vegas and skirts less than that are expected.

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