In order to celebrate the day where we encourage children to take sweets from strangers and our adult friends to dress up in lingerie and fake animal ears for the sake of Facebook photos, I give you this riff on Dwight Normile's hilarious (and by 'hilarious' I mean 'about as funny as a joke told by your elderly father') new column on Halloween costume suggestions for gymnasts.
Lauren Mitchell: The Little Engine that Could. She just keeps trying and trying and trying and does her best to smile in all circumstances.
Dasha Joura: Lemon Skittle. A bright, sweet, colourfully-packaged treat that brings euphoric feelings to people in small or large doses.
Amber Fulljames: Gun silencer. She's a dark horse, a sleek performer, somewhat reserved off the podium... and could probably get away with murder if she tried.
Melanie Jones: Energiser battery. With all that power and amplitude, she just keeps going and going and going (sometimes outside the floor lines...)
Olivia Vivian: Bubble Wrap. Fun to have around and always protective of her teammates.
P-Liddy: Rainbow Slinky. She's a colourful character that can confuse and amaze you at the same time; she knows her purpose, she can be fun for the team to have around, but some people feel like accompanying her on a 'trip' down some stairs on odd occasions...
I'm off to my own Halloween celebrations now. I was going to go dressed as a Xavier College Year 12 boy (yes, fellow Victorians, they ARE pretty scary figures) but changed my mind when I got pressed for time and finances.