*Just kidding. But seriously, I've got the face down, don't you think?
So for Halloween, there were no parties or crazy nights out because I went to work at Lush. Luckily, we were having a party at the store, so it was less work-like than usual, but that meant I had to dress up in a costume. Naturally, I just wanted to cheap out and refused to buy a new costume, so I spent some time rummaging through my closet and eventually concluded I could pull together some sort of Amy Brown fairy outfit. I had everything except wings, so last night I sent Seanie out to brave the crowds at one of those super-sized Halloween stores and he bought me some cheap black angel wings. Quality-wise, they're awful, of course, and the straps were made so poorly the wings didn't come close to sitting in the proper part of my back. But with a couple of pins we were able to get them to stay in place.
My final costume (and my manager as a pirate wench):
While I was at work, kids were trick-or-treating at the mall. So many kids. We ran out of candy after only about an hour and a half, and we'd had at least 8 or 9 bags of the stuff. It was crazy. There were a lot of customers, considering it was Halloween, but that was all thanks to the fact that Lush was having a 'Dead Man's Party' and you got tons of free stuff if you came in. But the customers came in waves, and there were a lot of employees milling around, so I didn't really have much to do in the store at the beginning of my shift. I ended up going to the doorway and telling kids we had no more candy, cutting them off before they could come in the store and set off our conversion tracker.
(Not that it worked. They'd still go in the store anyway, hoping someone else was nicer.)
It's funny, but I got a lot of parents asking if they could take pictures with their kid. I guess they can't get candy so they'll take a picture of the gothic angel instead? Sure, why not? It warms the cockles of my heart to know that in ten years, kids will look through the family photos and will stop and look at the strange woman and say "Mom, who the hell is that?" and Mom will reply "I dunno, some random mall chick."
One of my coworkers was dressed up as Lady Gaga, so if you walked through Valley Fair between the hours of 6 and 8 you very likely saw this dancing in the doorway of our store:
It was so funny. "Lady Gaga" was really into the dancing, and we had people stopping to stare, take photos, and record videos of her dancing. I could not stop laughing. It was so funny. Bonnie is my hero for having the balls to dance while strangers gawk for at least ten repetitions of Gaga's songs.
Lady Gaga and I.
Gaga, Abby and Peter:
Lady Gaga, a crazy 80's Lady and a Pirate Wench walk into a bar...
...actually, I just realized that set-up doesn't work because only the Pirate is of legal drinking age.
One of my newest co-workers, Elena was the other gothically-inclined lady. She had this fantastic kestrel mask and mantle that she couldn't wear because it scared too many kids, apparently. I thought it looked great.
A customer came in wearing the cutest Max (Where the Wild Things Are) costume:
Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella (actually a Marie Antoinette costume):
At nine o'clock the store was closed, registers shut down and we were ready to go home. We made our monthly sales target and blew our store into bonus-land. Great night!
The store is closed and it is time to go home!