I can't believe it is almost time for one of my favorite holidays. Halloween is fast approaching, but this year I will be in the mountains and not attending any Halloween parties.
This is probably a good thing this year since I am at a complete loss for a costume. I am not one of those people to just run into the costume store and pick out the latest super hero or what have you and put it on. I prefer to create my own costumes, thanks to places like Goodwill that let you be creative on a budget.
Or, like last year, buy a cheap T-shirt at Walmart and use that as your outfit. Yes, I bought a T-shirt as a Halloween costume, and no, it was not the one that says "This is my costume." It happened to be the Kool-Aid man. It is still hanging in my closet tempting me to wear it again.
Now, my co-worker Marie and I have discussed the last couple of years a costume that I would love to try to pull off.
No one else that I have mentioned this to in the newsroom has had a clue who we were talking about, and I was a little surprised by that. Nonetheless, that has not deterred me from trying to find the pieces for a Secret Squirrel costume.
For those of you who are like many people in my office and may not know, Secret Squirrel was a cartoon character I loved watching when I was younger. He and his sidekick, Morocco Mole, were secret agents who got into all sorts of adventures. I loved that show even though the original episodes were from the '60s. They revived it with a new version called "Super Secret Secret Squirrel" when I was in elementary school that I watched pretty much every time it came on.
Myself, Marie and a former co-worker of ours, Hilary Trenda, had many discussions about trying to create this costume. None of us has done it yet, but we all want to. The fedora he wears that conceals his cool spy gear is purple. This and trying to figure out a tail have proven to be a little difficult. There aren't many options for purple fedoras out there, at least that I can find.
So, going to the mountains, besides being a great getaway, is also a great excuse to give myself another year to find the elusive fedora. For all of you who will be attending parties this All Hallows Eve, enjoy, and eat some candy for me while you're at it.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.