I don't know how we got so lucky, but we managed to score tickets to the Ellen show for her Halloween special! Amazing, right? We knew we had to have great costumes, so we decided to go as the Mockingjay and Caesar Flickerman from the Hunger Games. Pretty great, right?
We worked with Caitlin's grandma and mom to construct our costumes, which was pretty lucky since I could not have done anything without some help. Caitlin made her wings all by herself, and I think we looked pretty good. :)
We drove up to the show in the morning. We had to be there by 12:30, and once we got there we basically sat in line forever, even though we had tickets. It takes a while to get into the studio, and since the taping starts at 2:30, they don't actually let you into the door until then.
You go through a security stamp, and then get your ticket in another line. You have to give back the ticket, but basically your number guarantees you a place in the audience.
Once you make it into the studio, you hang out in the riff raff room, where you can shop for Ellen memorabilia and wait anxiously to get assigned to your seat. This was a lot of fun since we finally started talking to the other people waiting in line as we froze in the blasting air conditioner.
After waiting in the riff raff room for a while, we finally made it to our seats. We were pretty close to the front, right where Ellen comes out for her monologue. If you watch this video closely you can see my bright purple hair a few times.
We were really excited to see her guests, especially since Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was on the show. How sweet is that? Ellen and Harry Potter! What a great day.
And I even made it onto Ellen's Instagram page! Look real close behind the rock on the top left panel.
It was surprising that there aren't any retakes or anything during the show taping. We actually were surprised with how quick the taping went by. And it seemed really low energy (at least Ellen seemed that way), but on the show she seems really energetic.
The show was a lot of fun, but there are definitely things that I would have changed. I definitely would not go to the Halloween special again. It was a lot of effort to get ready, and it sort of felt like the prom, or your wedding day - a lot of energy to get ready, but not really worth the process in the end. Don't get me wrong, I really love Ellen, and will continue watching her show, but I kind of felt like it was a let down. We really enjoyed going to the taping, but definitely not the Halloween one again.
We were also kind of sad that we didn't win anything - which sounds kind of like a spoiled kid not being happy with the money the toothfairy leaves him. But it is true. The morning show (we taped on Thursday afternoon, but there was another taping in the morning) all won tickets to the 12 Days Giveaway show, and we didn't even get a stick of gum. :( Again, I know that sounds awful, but I think since I watch the show a lot, you always see people winning things, and I was kind of hoping for some sort of fun surprise. Oh well, maybe next year we will go again if we are still in southern California.