Friday, October 18, 2013

Embarrassing Halloweens (We've all been there, right?)


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Embarrassing Halloweens (We’ve all been there, right?)

2003

It was my first week at my new job, and my first week in the United States, fresh from Brazil. I became super excited when work informed me that they were throwing a party for the employees.

I went to Party City, but the check-out line was huge, so I ended up buying a costume from a small, thrift store in downtown Austin. This store was crowded too, so I grabbed this long, purple number from the  sale rack without trying it on. A quick glance assured me that it looked decentlong and purple. How can anyone ever go wrong with purple, right?

Well, one could go very wrong. As I removed it from the box just before the party, I realized that my purple dress turned into a cheap, shiny fabric when the light hit it and had a V-neck deeper than the Grand Canyon. It was tight, oh so tight. When I walked, it was like every stitch was gripping my skin. Oh, and the high slit. How did that go unnoticed?

Well, I wouldn’t be the first person to dress slutty for Halloween, right? It was a work function, but it was still Halloween. I remember all those B-movies from the States I watched growing up. Hollywood couldn’t be wrong (by the way, writing this post, I came up with my costume for this year: Self-Denial Queen), could it?

Just in case, the good Catholic girl inside me (synonym for smothering Catholic guilt) pinned the V-neck so my girls would stick together and be covered. I realized that if I walked slowly, the high slit wouldn’t make an appearance, and if it did, those black fishnets would cover my legs. Classy, I know. 

So, not having time to buy another costume (I didn’t have a car yet), I ventured to the party as Spider Witch.

As I faced the fluorescent lights and the family-oriented costume-wearing crowd, my heart frozenon-alcoholic fruit punch and tons of clowns, superheroes, presidents, and Wizard of Oz witches greeted me. Some of my colleagues gave me a once over and frowned; others offered a sympathetic half smile. I didn’t know which was worse, being judged or being patronized. To be honest, I still don’t know.

I spotted the buffet, and the table with the cold cuts seemed like an oasis of understanding, of escape, and it called my name. When food calls your name, it’s rude not to answer, so I rushed to find solace in crispy chips and spicy salsa.  Or so I hoped.

On my way, I slipped on the hem of my dress and lost balance, and BAM! I fell on my butt on the polished, lemon-scented hardwood floor. I started to move to get to my feet and felt rather than heard the back of my dress rip a bit while my dignity shredded exponentially.

I surged to my feet and cleared my throat.

“Are you okay?” a sympathetic voice asked behind me.

I smothered laughter. Oh crap! How can a slutty witch not be okay on Halloween?


Do you have any embarrassing Halloween stories to tell? Is there anything you find cringe-worthy? J Share your thoughts and good luck! 


44 comments:

  1. oh my!!! that is pretty embarrassing!!! and funny! lol
    hmmm, my hubby was a Va Tech student and I had never seen the movie Halloween. Well, the student center was showing it for $1 to students and guests. So we go, along with some friends, and they choose seats on the front row. I hate scary movies and don't watch them....did I mention that? Well, I screamed hysterically through the movie and I also yelled to the characters, "Run! get away!" etc and most of the room had seen it before and spent their evening listening to and watching me and laughing, along with my honey and his buddies! Ha! Rhonda
    nashhall (AT) aol (DOT) com

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    1. Aww, Rhonda. Hugs. I feel your pain, I don't like scary movies anymore. I used to love them as a teenager, but growing up (clears her throat), I've turned into the biggest weenie! I'd be right there screaming with you! LOL

      Thanks so much and good luck :)))

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  2. One time was little I got stuck in this maze thing and that was scary and embarrassing.
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    1. Hi, Natasha!
      Mazes still scare me :D
      Thanks for commenting and good luck :)

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  3. Wow. What a story! I don't have an embarassing halloween tale that I can think of though...

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  4. That's quite a story! I had a costume malfunction one year. My husband and I were dressed as Cleopatra and Cesear, and my wrappings came undone... had I not been wearing a bra underneath, I would have been another Janet Jackson. lol

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    1. Hi, Marie! :D

      Aww. Cleopatra and Caesar, how adorable! Costume malfunctions... not so much, lol.

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  5. Hahaha that's a funny story! I actually don't have an embarrassing story to tell but well, I'm made of awkward moments ;)
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    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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    1. Dear Janhvi,

      I feel your pain! I'm made of awkward moments too, lol.
      Good luck!

      Carmen

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  6. My husband and dressed up for Halloween and went to a party; he was a zombie and I was a goddess (long elegant gown, etc.). He got a bit intoxicated (read: completely wasted). We were dancing and he decided to swing me. I made him promise repeatedly NOT to drop me. He didn't exactly drop me...he threw me across the dance floor, where I slid on my butt and UNDER the bandstand. Yes. I wanted to stay there and hide. Great fun. NOT. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Awww. Poor thing!

      Thanks for sharing this with us and good luck :)

      Carmen

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  7. My husband and I like to go to the haunted houses and caves and mazes. His favorite thing to do to me is to let go of my hand and let one of the ghouls hold my hand, or sneak up behind me. Of course I scream like a little kid at the top of my lungs. He always laughs and I don't find it funny!

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    1. OMG haunted houses scare me so much. I used to go for the thrill when I was younger (gosh, do I sound like my mom or what?), but nowadays I don't have the courage anymore. If my hubby let go of my hand, it WOULD be embarrassing as I'd pee in my pants. LOL. Sorry. TMI!!!

      Good luck :)

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  8. No embarrassing Halloween stories, but I do feel pretty embarrassed about a haunted house visit. Universal in Orlando was nuts. Their haunted house has a part where you're walking over a bridge with hands reaching up from below. One grabbed me, lost my breath (but to be fair, I was getting over bronchitis :-P). I was gasping for air and had to ask one of the actors to let me out. Haven't gone back into one since then

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    1. Smiles,

      Good save! I love Universal and can only imagine the type of production they pull off for Halloween. Thanks so much for sharing your story :)

      Carmen

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  9. I think the only embarrassing thing to happen to me is the year I dressed up like a mummy. It started out ok but as the night wore on the bandages started slipping. All I can say is that it was a good thing I had something on under the bandages.

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    1. Jeanette,

      I've always wondered what mummies wear under the bandages, lol. It has to be pretty tight so it won't she right? Says she who is a lover of Spanx! Lol! Thanks for your comment!

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  10. I don't really have an embarrassing Halloween story to tell, but there were few instances when I had to explain to people that yes, I am wearing a costume...

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    1. Ana,
      I know what you mean! :D
      Ha! Good luck,
      Carmen

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  11. Don't celebrate Halloween here in my country so no embarrassing story to tell... Does screaming like a nutter in the middle of a horror movie count? :D
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    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Ashfa,
      Yes it counts! :)
      Thanks and good luck!

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  12. Doesn't seem that embarrassing now but at a halloween party as a teenager I was really embarrased to leave the room when they started to watch a scary movie. Everyone teased me but by the middle of the movie quite a few others joined me.

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    1. Ooo. What movie was it?
      Thanks for sharing! Good luck!

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  13. I have a ton of klutzy/awkward moments in life, but nothing specific to Halloween...yet.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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      Have a great week! Good luck :)

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  14. One year at an outdoor Halloween party (I live in Florida), my kids (probably 9 and 10 at the time) were on the side of the house where there was a campfire (or so I thought) -- all of a sudden I see a bright flash from where the fire is...and I fell in a pond in my rush to get there----managed to stand up (soaking wet) and fall again.....everyone else thought it was hilarious (including my kids who were just coming out of the house from the bathroom and I was face-planting in the pond).
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    1. Hi, Elizabeth!
      OMG that's hilarious. Ponds scare me, probably because I'm terrified of frogs, lol.
      Thanks for sharing that story and also, thanks for following my blog. Look forward to getting to know you!

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  15. I really don't have any embarrassing stories to tell. But it was a hoot to read everyone else's.
    kac_030 at yahoo dot com

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  16. The only embarrassing Halloween story I have is from one year on candy night with my brother and cousins. We were walking through the yard to get to the next house when all of a sudden I fell down, into a hole! None of us (or our parents) had thought to bring a flash light. I almost broke my ankle because I was wearing my mom's heeled boots (first time wearing heels too). We all laughed and ran to get more candy

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    1. Oh, you poor thing! I'm glad you didn't break your ankle, though I imagine it was painful? Nice you can laugh about it now! Thanks for sharing and good luck :)

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  17. I have lots of embarrassing moments but none for Halloween yet.

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    1. Yet is the key word, right? Lol.
      Thanks and good luck!

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  18. No embarrassing stories for me. I tend to go for comfort in my costumes so I do usually stand out compared to all the typical slutty outfits.

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    1. Ha! Good one, Krista! :D
      Thanks and good luck!

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  19. We don't really celebrate it here... though in the last years the clubs really have gone out of their way to make the night more special

    alinutza4u2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

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  20. Wow, I'm certainly glad I've never had to go to an office Halloween party after your story! I did used to work at a dance studio that hosts an annual Halloween party, but it's for the clients, not employees, so I got away with not really dressing up..

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    1. Lucky you, Aria! lol

      Thanks so much and good luck!

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  21. Weeeeeeeell. This did not happen on Halloween. But when I was over at my friends house, she me watch all these scary movies with her and I forget which movie it was, but somebody went on a murdering rampage and when it scared me, I have no idea what happened.. but.. I passed gas. lol. My friend laughed at me the whole rest of the night and I still have not lived it down. ): Worst best friend ever. lol. SO embarrassing. I am just glad it was only us 2.

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    1. LOL! Ryan, this had me laughing at the end of a long day. Thanks and good luck :)

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