One day while perusing my Facebook feed, I scrolled upon a casting call looking for audience members for Let's Make A Deal. I've always wanted to be in the audience for a game show (yes, I'm that person), and being able to wear a silly costume in public is always my idea of fun. I jumped on the chance immediately, booked a date with the show's coordinator, and started gathering costume ideas from friends. While coming up with ideas, I was asked if there's anything in particular that I wanted to make. I seem to really like making capes, so why not stick with that theme and make yet another? And just like that, thanks to a quick-thinking internet buddy, the idea for a Little Red Riding Hood costume was born.
I partnered with another friend from my bowling league, who apparently is also down with silly costumes in public and being an audience member on a crazy game show. While I spent a few days putting my costume together, I think his got about thirty minutes of attention, using leftover faux fur from the 1930s capelet I wore to a movie screening last year, some accessories purchased from Amazon, and a crusty old muumuu I found at Goodwill.
Even though we looked awesome in our homemade costumes, we unfortunately weren't picked to compete. It's a bummer - I could really use a free trip, or a new car, or a new motorcycle, or whatever you want to give me. I'll even take the donkey on a skateboard - but it was a super fun day, and the Chipotle sofritas bowl that I inhaled afterward has never tasted better.
As a bonus, I now have an office-friendly Halloween costume, which is always a struggle, a cute dress to spill drinks on during Oktoberfest celebrations, and a fabulous red cape that kept me toasty warm while out in the chilly Halloween weather.
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