Halloween dress-up day at Southgate Coins is the holiday which probably takes the most preparation from everyone. The focus isn’t on one individual, but everyone, and just how creative we all can be! Although this was only my (Nicole’s) second Halloween with the crew, I think we were by far the best-dressed group ever, and I’ve seen pictures of all past Halloween dress-up days. Read on so the girls and I can tell you about our day and all our wonderful costumes.
Everyone should know by now I am the biggest procrastinator of all Southgate girls. Nevertheless, I am still always able to pull it all together just in time. This year was no different, and I arrived to work Friday morning, wearing an adorable ladybug costume (courtesy of my roommate). Pairing the original (somewhat racy) costume with a black sweater and some tights, it was perfect for a chilly Friday morning.
Here’s Maya to tell you about her, Marie’s, and Rusty’s costumes, and how our morning developed.
Well, I (Maya) don’t quite procrastinate as badly as Miss Nicole does, but I, too, had to pick up some last minute additions to my—count it—fourth Halloween dress-up day at Southgate Coins. This year, I decided to come as a hippie, complete with tie-dye T-shirt, frilly, crocheted poncho, and long, flowing skirt. Of course, I couldn’t help but find some $4 leather, hippie, slip-on shoes from my local thrift store. These pieces, along with the peace-sign jewelry, face paint, and signature round, rose-tinted sunglasses made my most authentic costume to-date.
When I walked into work this morning, all I could think of was the phrase “And your little dog, too!” when I saw Marie dressed head-to-toe as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. She had the classic, braided-pigtail wig, and some gorgeous Ruby-red slippers to boot. She even had a mini-picnic basket with a tiny, stuffed Toto inside!
I watched the other girls arrive, and everyone, even Marie, was wondering what Rusty had cooked up this Halloween. When he came to the door, we were all astonished. Rusty was Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz! He had straw coming out of all his seams, and a burlap bag mask with Scarecrow’s famous grinning smirk. However, what really got to everyone was his shoes. Rusty told us, “there’s no such thing as a short scarecrow,” when he showed off his whopping, five-inch platform boots. We were all nearly in tears with laughter.
Here’s Akimi to tell you about her first Halloween dress-up day at Southgate Coins:
This was my (Akimi’s) first Halloween at Southgate Coins, and I dressed up as an Indian girl, inspired by Sacagawea. I had my furry boots, feather headband, and some accessories to be more convincing. It had been a small dream of mine to dress up as this on Halloween, and I finally got the opportunity to make it come true! As you can see, we took many pictures to celebrate this Halloween. We all received compliments from customers on our Halloween spirits!
Here’s Rebecca with her comments on this special day:
Yeehaw! That was my spirit for the whole day, as I (Rebecca) dressed up as a cowgirl for Halloween this year. My costume was compliments of my own closet and a few extras I purchased: a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans, black cowgirl boots, a flashy blue belt with a giant belt buckle, and a straw hat to top it all off. I came into work on Friday all decked-out in my getup, but what would a cowgirl be without her gun?
Well, Rusty, or should I say, Scarecrow, took care of that part for me. To my surprise, he came out of his office with a genuine Walker Colt revolver to finish off my costume! Five extra pounds of metal later, my costume was complete. I tried to convince Akimi to play Cowboys and Indians with me, but she just wouldn’t go for it. The day filled with Halloween celebration was awesome, nonetheless.
Now, here’s Elaine with her two-cents:
Namaste—that is, greetings! Elaine, aka Indian princess here—not the same kind of Indian as Akimi, though! If she’s paying homage to Sacagawea, I’m following more along the lines of Princess Jasmine. Between the two of us, we’ve got both hemispheres covered!
My costume was really just an excuse to pull out some fun favorites that I don’t get a chance to wear in everyday life: a peacock-blue sari, dangly blue earrings, leather sandals, and lots of eyeliner! I also took advantage of the occasion to wear my gold nose ring, in order to look oh-so-exotic (and get a chance to wear one at work for once!).
Everybody looked wonderful in their costumes, even if it was a little difficult working in them at times. Marie even proposed a race between Rusty and me: with him in his five-inch platform boots (because who has ever heard of a short scarecrow?), and me in the sari (which forces me to take tiny steps), who’d be able to get across the store faster? That one will have to remain a mystery!
Well, all in all this Halloween at Southgate stacked up (or “platformed” up, in Rusty’s case) as the greatest dress-up day we’ve had.
So, whether you’re psychedelic, missing your brain, needed to find your way back to Kansas, riding a bull, dancing Bollywood, having a powwow, or just bugging people, my suggestion is to stop by Southgate Coins, and we can help you with all your numismatic needs!
From everyone, Happy Halloween!
-Nicole, Maya, Akimi, Rebecca, and Elaine