Now that Halloween has passed, I can finally share what took weeks of preparation. In a previous post, I explained that Halloween is a HUGE deal at my job.
Each department has the opportunity to record a video or do a live production on any topic they want. This can be inspired by current events, movies, music, or anything else the mind can conceive. Truly, the possibilities are endless!
This was my first year here and I thought it would be great if we did a haunted cruise ship (yes, based off a similar premise as Ghost Ship). Luckily, everyone agreed with me.
My department transformed our entire floor into a ship. We had a pool deck (using kiddie pools), built a bar, had cabin doors (I made portholes out of Styrofoam and thumbtacks), and had several decorated rooms, including a dining hall, kitchen, casino, and infirmary.
But the best part: I got to scare the bejezus out of people.
For my role, I chose to be the quintessential scary child. Because I’m short (remember, 4”8’) this was an easy feat. I donned a pale pink nightgown that I smeared with dark eye shadow, smeared fake blood on my legs, remained barefoot (all day long), wore a long black wig, and painted my face with blue tinted makeup. The finishing touches: large dark circles around my eyes with cracked black lipstick. Oh yeah, and I held a porcelain doll with missing eyeballs.
It was epic.
The day started with the judges and a group of guests coming through. When I appeared from behind a hanging black curtain, a child that was a mere foot away from me started crying and screaming. The mom had to remove her. But she wasn’t the only kid to cry when they saw me.
Word quickly got out to the guests and tour groups that our sketch was not child friendly.
Even at the end of the day, when we all gathered for the award ceremony, children still started crying at the sight of me. Needless to say, my department won Best Overall Performance.
My throat still hurts from screaming, and people keep randomly coming up to me to ask if I was the person that scared the shit out of them, but it was so worth it.
Hopefully, I’ll have some more pics or videos to post in the next couple of days.
And I did enter the pumpkin carving contest with my Donald Trumpkin but I lost to Tina Turner. I still think I did well for my first time really carving a pumpkin.
I can’t wait for next year.