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Just a Thought: I'm considering spooky options
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For the first time in more than 20 years, I’m going to dress up for Halloween. Well, not on Oct. 31, but Oct. 24 during the Halloween Hustle held by the Southern Standard at the Blue Building.
This is a historic event for me. The last time I actually dressed up for Halloween was when I dated my ex-husband, some 25-30 years ago. At that time, I dressed up like a vampire. We went to a restaurant where he worked. As we walked in the door, they announced that “Elvira” had just entered the building.
For those of you who don’t know, “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark” was a horror hostess. She wore a black, Gothic, revealing, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of “Elvira’s Movie Macabre,” a weekly horror movie presentation. She had a wickedly vampish appearance and a quick-witted personality. 
While I was going more for a vampire look with my black dress, hair and makeup, I wasn’t upset to be compared to Elvira. Among other things, we are similar in our personalities. She wasn’t a vampire though. She just had the appearance of one. I didn’t stop dressing up for Halloween because of the misidentification. It just happened that way.
I did state “the last time I actually dressed up.” That was because my children always wanted me to dress up for Halloween. So much so, that they asked every year. I finally told them I am dressed up. I’m dressed as a tired mom. From that year on, I went trick-or-treating with my children as a tired mom. My daughter did not find that amusing.
This year, the Standard is offering a Halloween Hustle on Oct. 24. The event will feature a 5K run and 1-mile walk. It will also have a costume contest for runners and non-runners, a decoration contest for homes along the race route, and a cruise-in contest with a scary twist. Employees at the Standard are being encouraged to be there and come dressed to kill – aka, in some sort of Halloween-related attire.
I dressed as a vampire some three decades ago. Spoiler alert. This year, I’m thinking about going as a zombie. However, I’ve seen some undead and they look the part. I don’t like that. With that in mind, I’ve decided to go as the “Zombie Queen.” If I can pull this off, I want to ensure there is no misidentification. My plan is to make a sash stating “Zombie Queen” and wear a crown.
Come on out to our Halloween event. If you need a reason other than what’s being offered, attend just to take a gander at the Southern Standard employees. Hopefully I’ll pull off the zombie look. You might have to attend to see if it really happens. I told my daughter it was either that or I’m getting a witch hat and call it good.
The car show and general public costume contest begins at 4:30 p.m. The race starts at 5:30 p.m.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.