I was eight years-old when the Little Mermaid was first released in 1998, and ever since, I have always wanted to be Ariel. This year, as a 31 year-old woman, I decided was time! In the beginning of October, I spent about 5 hours looking up costumes, but all of the pre-made Ariel costumes looked cheap, were not long/big enough for a tall woman, and/or were way too expensive (Etsy!). So, I begged my mom to please make my tail, as she is a fabulous seamstress. Needless to say, she thought I was a little bit crazy, but agreed to it anyways.
I spent another 5 hours looking for the perfect top. I decided to go wtih a purple bandeau bikini top that I would add glitter to. However, the first top arrived, and it was not the shade of purple I was looking for. The second top, which I paid $85, wasn’t right either. So, I decided to work with the first top to create the vision I had in my head.
My mom flew up to to fit the tail on me, and we worked late into the night – on a school night, no less! My mom put the finishing touches on my tail, while I bedazzled the bikini top.
I somehow convinced one of my guy-friends to be Sebastian, and he went all out with a homemade costume. He had a shirt made that read “Keep Calm and Kiss the Girl.” He also wore red suspenders, a red bow-tie, claw oven mitts, and a random lobster hat.
The Saturday before Halloween, Sebastian and I went to a party. I have to say, we had the most fun dressing up, taking pics, and dancing at the house. When we got to the party, we found out it was a Rave, which is not really our scene. However, EVERYONE loved our costumes. Everyone asked to take photos with me, as if I was an actual Disney Princess. A lot of people broke into song, “Under the Sea,” as I would pass by. Let’s just say, it was a total crowd pleaser!
On Halloween, I had to tame down the outfit, as I am a highschool principal. So, I wore our school t-shirt instead of the bikini top and became “The Big EA Mermaid” by day. Later that night, I got back into the bikini top and went to another party with a different Sebastian!
What I have learned about Ariel is that everyone loves her, and she just makes people happy! Halloween 2013 was one of the best yet!