I have tried for the second Halloween in a row to do something spirited for the day. Last year I wore fangs and dark(er) eyeliner and a Vampire Masquerade T-shirt. No one noticed. The only other people dressed up were 4 girls from accounting wearing matching pilgrim outfits. I participated in the pumpkin decorating contest and the one that some girl from marketing drew a mock likeness of the company president on won.
Maybe I'm bitter, but roasting the president is so lame and done and tired. Am I the secretary? Am I not trying hard enough to be that secretary?
Yesterday I was not even thinking about dressing up. Then a girl remembered that I dressed up last year so I should do it again. I said I'd see what I could throw together, and this morning as I was staring at my closet for something to wear I remembered all of the emails that have been coming out about what is and is not appropriate to wear to work. I put on a pair of jeans with a giant hole in them (inappropriate), a South Park T-shirt (specifically mentioned in the last email: no logo t-shirts), and a flannel.
I spotted two HR ladies in the kitchen and stood waiting for them to come to a pause in their conversation to ask if they got it. "I'm a Dress Code Violation!...eh? eh?" They stared at me and blinked so I explained it further, and they finally laughed, saying that it was hard to tell since people come in dressed like this anyway.
Even if nobody understands my costume, at least I'm comfortable. And they promised treats at the Halloween Party this morning. At least last year when I had pseudoVampire gear on people stared at me on the metro. I wondered why I was the only one dressed up. It's starting to make sense.