As you may or may not know, Sydney and I usually take Halloween pretty seriously. We always do something tech or food related! To tell you the truth though, this year we felt a little old and grumpy and not terribly excited to dress up AGAIN. But it’s a tradition, so we bucked up and we were glad we did.
At first we thought about being emojis, but went back and forth about whether it was possible to embody an emoji like the dancing girls, or if we should just dangle yellow faces around our necks. We became less and less excited about this and dropped it when Sydney came up with the idea of being OK Cupid and Tinder.
At first I thought it would be easy. We would either be the app icon cut out of cardboard with felt, OR we would be the shape of the app made out of foam core so our faces were the profile picture. But when Sydney mentioned the borningness of the first plan, and impracticality of the second, I felt back at square one. She kept insisting that we personify the app until I once again became frustrated and ready to forget it.
So I headed to Michael’s looking for some inspiration, and was encouraged when I found felt in the exact colors we needed. I decided to start with a decorated tee while I contemplated accessories. That night I mulled and spiked some hot cider, printed out the Tinder logo for a pattern and started piecing it together. For my accessory, I figured I was good at head pieces given the last few years and I made myself a flame headband out of red poster board and felt. Sydney found a DIY for wings that I was pretty skeptical about given that it used toilet paper, but she did it and it worked. This way she was a Cupid and I was a flame. For final flare, we added tutus- mine a children’s costume from the variety store near my house, Sydney’s a never-worn H&M find from a Halloween years ago.
We ended up prancing about Columbia Heights on Saturday, the day after Halloween, where we found the most costumed people at Wonderland. We also popped into Red Derby to warm up with a hot toddy. All in all it was a successful Halloween, despite a little stress leading up. That’s the 5th year in a row!