Saying that I love Halloween would be an understatement. Though I do not particularly enjoy being scared, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Working at a children’s hospital only makes the day better. Our residency has a competition each year with both an individual and group winner. This way, you are never alone in your Halloween spirit!
My first year of residency, I was on a Cardiology elective and dressed up as the Queen of Hearts. This was by far my favorite costume! I found a tutorial on Pinterest for almost every part of my costume. The card collar (and several other accessories) tutorial is here and the skirt tutorial is here.
My second year, I was on a Nephrology elective. I actually don’t plan my electives around costume making but it certainly worked out that way my first two years. I went as Katniss Everdeen with a homemade (and functioning) bow and arrow. The men in the hardware store were mocking me but I am now far more prepared for a Zombie apocalypse than them. After many YouTube videos, I finally had a functioning bow and arrow. I had an amazing nurse in clinic who braided my hair before noon conference to make the costume complete.
This Halloween, I was in the NICU and dressed up with my team as characters from the Lion King. I was Rafiki, which was a fun character to play. Everyone put in a lot of effort, which is impressive for a month with call every fourth night. Look at the dedication in the face makeup!
Hope you all enjoyed Halloween this year just as much as I did!