On October 27th we marched in the Anoka Halloween Parade! It was cool out, but actually perfect weather for our costumes (which are usually overly warm). We had a really terrific turnout, and we won third place as best non-royalty float!
I went as Admiral Ackbar, and had plans to walk in the parade, but I ended up riding in the firetruck. I’m glad I didn’t walk, because I don’t get very much air into the mask and I think I would have eventually passed out. I’m still getting used to what my limits are in that costume – I’m so used to having my face exposed that wearing a mask like this is a huge adjustment.
Costumers for a Cause purchased a bunch of Halloween costumes after Halloween last year (probably close to 200 of them). We went to Children’s Hospital on October 24th to give away costumes to kids in the hospital and their families, and in a little over an hour, we donated 70 costumes! The next day, Costumers for a Cause went to Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and gave away even more costumes there. We made so many kids happy!
On October 6th, I attended the MCBA Fall ComiCon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I didn’t volunteer for any groups this time around, which felt kind of odd. I did, however, debut my Peggy Carter costume and got a lot of really lovely compliments on it! I was surprised. I didn’t think anyone would be that wow’ed by it.
This August, the 501st Legion Central Garrison held its annual banquet (which I was unable to attend). They give out awards to its members based on nominations, and I ended up winning two awards: Trooper of the Year and Rookie of the Year!
It’s pretty cool considering I’ve only been a member of the 501st Legion since April. I absolutely love volunteering and it brings me so much joy and fulfillment. I’m glad that basically being a big kid and playing dress-up is something that can positively affect others.
On September 22, we made an appearance at a wedding at the Como Zoo! It was a really fun time. We surprised the groom and most of the guests when we appeared after the first dance. As the evening went on, we definitely busted out some wicked dance moves.