The other irony of this suckage of Halloween is that in my role as a student council co-moderator, I help organize my school's Halloween activities, so people associate me with Halloween, and I feel kind of weird never pulling off an amazing costume.
Well, this year I finally pulled it all together.
As you guys all know, some of my favourite things in the world include science, cats, and jokes. This summer I was introduced to an internet meme called Chemistry Cat, and unsurprisingly, I really like it. Here's an example:
I have chemistry cat jokes posted all around my classroom, on powerpoints, on assignments, and on tests. Chemistry Cat has become part of my classroom's culture. This fall, I entertained the thought of being chemistry cat for Halloween.
Last Friday (last minute of course) I headed to Wal-Mart and picked up my necessary supplies: a cheap white hoodie and mittens, red ribbon, sewing supplies, and white face makeup. I couldn't find white fur in their fabric department and really didn't want to/especially have time to go to a fabric store. Luckily, I saw some fuzzy coloured pillows in their home decor department. I wandered over hoping they'd have one in white. They didn't, but I found a white fur rug. Perfect.
The only thing I was missing was glasses. I looked all over the mall but no luck. However, there's a dollar store in my neighbourhood that advertising a good assortment of Halloween supplies. I found $1.99 Nerd Specs. Perfect.
I started assembling the costume on Monday night. After 2.5 hours I was covered in fur, but I managed to attach fur to the hood of my hoodie, make ears using an old headband, and craft my bowtie. On Tuesday night, I made my paws and my tail.
Tuesday after school I stayed and decorated my classroom as close as possible to the backdrop in Chemistry Cat's cartoon. I was disappointed that the chemical formulas made no sense, but copied them anyway. I got all of the glassware I needed to mimic Chemistry Cat's desk and used food colouring to make my solutions. I noticed that Chemistry Cat has some mice on his desk so I borrowed some of Rilo's from home.
This morning, I got to school early, got into costume and made it into my classroom without any of my students seeing me. I covered the windows on the doors so they couldn't peek in. Normally, I have my door open as soon as I get there, but I left it closed. They knocked to get it, and I yelled "go away!" and had my student teacher let them in at the last minute so they could walk in and see this:
I think my project worked out pretty well, huh? They LOVED it. I had my picture taken about a million times today, even by random kids who didn't know me. It was so much fun.
Earlier in the week, when we were planning to decorate our homeroom pumpkin, I asked my class what they wanted to do, and they said "Chemistry Cat!" not knowing at all that was what I was going to be. Little did they know that I'd bring in my leftover supplies.
I finally did not fail at Halloween. Good job me. It was nerdy, but nerdy awesome. :)