Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pictures Can't Do It

I've got today's job and another Halloween gig on Friday. I love the costumes and masks and the looks on people's faces when they see them so I've wished I had a personal photographer to come with me and capture all the moments. Today I played a tap dancing skeleton and a really big-headed black cat. There was a ton of interaction with kids of all ages, colors, sizes, temperaments, languages and costumes. Seriously, if I'd been able to hear a little better behind my masks I could have learned "Say cheese!" in at least 8 different languages, it was awesome. For most of the day I was still wishing for the personal paparazzo but the best moment of the day couldn't have been caught in a still shot so it wouldn't have done me any good.

I met a kid while I was a skeleton. Turns out his name was Winn. He was probably 3 or 4 and I don't have any clue what he was dressed as. It involved a green coat and a white shirt that's all I could see. I have to cut myself some slack since I was working without my glasses and behind a mask so I could hardly see to put one foot in front of the other. Later on when I was a cat I ran into him again and we said hello. Then near the very end of the event he ran up to me and hugged me and said, "I'll miss you kitty. I'll miss you. I have to go home. Sorry. I'll miss you kitty." He said it over and over and over again while hugging me tightly around the neck or leg or arm or wherever he could reach. His mom took some pictures but he just wouldn't let go.

So fun 'n cute! I about offered to go home with him so we wouldn't ever have to be apart.

He was, of course, in direct contrast to a lot of kids who ran screaming from both of my costumes. My job was done the minute I reduced some poor young man to tears. I wanted to surprise him, I thought he could handle it so I waited behind him while he was looking at another bigger, scarier character and I tapped him on the shoulder. Unfortunately I didn't realize that I had also accidentally come between him and his dad, cutting him off from home base. Scared of the other character he backed up into me. Looking up he thought I was going to be dad and boy howdy was I not dad. My bad. Feel free to call me all 16 times he wakes up screaming tonight. It's totally my fault.

Next week we scare the adults. Can't wait!

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