This was my Halloween costume last year:
I went to Party City and walked around the crowded store holding that arm hoping people would see and react. Most of them were too preoccupied to notice, though. Eventually I made my way to the counter where I plopped the arm down and the cashier rang me out. It was clear she had no idea how to react, so I said, “Yeah, it’s ok to laugh.” She smiled and said, “That’s awesome.” I took the arm to work and everybody thought it was funny (well, some people probably didn’t). Then, for the next year, I left it under my desk. I’ve always kind of wished I could setup a camera to catch the cleaning crew’s reaction when they see it laying there on the floor.
Well, the other day I broke it back out. Two of the supervisors in my department were sitting behind me, so I put the arm in my left sleeve and then slowly turned around in my chair, hands folded. One of the supervisors, who I will call Denise, saw the bloody hand and freaked out. She jumped and tried to climb into the wall. She became very religious and somewhat vulgar at the same time. It was amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better reaction. (Full disclosure: Denise also freaks out when she sees bugs. Like, more than I’ve ever seen anyone freak out about bugs. Ever. In my whole life.)
Now my bloody arm is sticking out of the top of the piano in our lunchroom at work. A nice Halloween touch, if I do say so myself. I’ve been trying to think of my favorite Halloween costumes from years past and as far as I can remember, I was almost always an athlete. Up until last year, I don’t think I did anything that played on my missing arm. My mom or dad could correct me here if I’m forgetting. For me, though, since my arm was never an issue growing up, I just picked “regular” things to be. It’s only now that I’m starting to have fun with it. Like Josh Sundquist, who won Halloween with his costume this year. This little guy is amazing, too.
So tell me, what was your favorite costume growing up? If you or your child have a physical difference, have you used it to your advantage when choosing a costume? Share your experiences in the comments!
And happy Halloween!