As you may have gathered so far this month, I LOVE all things Halloween. This is my favorite month, my favorite time of year. And this week I’m talking about one of my favorite Halloween traditions: costumes.
I’ve had favorite Halloween costumes since I was a little girl. I remember a couple from before I went to school (yes, they had Halloween costumes when the dinosaurs were living. LOL). One was a witch costume–I remember ‘ironing” the gold-colored crepe paper skirt for that costume. And I was Tweety-Bird in a yellow costume and hard plastic mask the year I busted my head open. (At six one does not understand one cannot stand on the back of a chair. I do remember vividly, however, crying and asking if I was going to be okay to Trick or Treat. Priorities, don’t you know!)
Possibly my best Halloween costume was a cat when I was in college. I wore a black, long-sleeved leotard and tights with little black ballet slippers and black furry leg-warmers. On my stomach I’d hand sewed a patch of white felt and wore white gloves. My hair was braided in two braids then pinned into two knots of hair–like ears–on my head.
I painted on whiskers and pinned a long yarn tail in the back. I still have a pic of it somewhere. I think it was great!
My most bizarre Halloween costume I wore in grad school. I went as a lamp. Yes, a lamp.
I dressed in light beige pants and shirt, put a lampshade on my head (a big one!) and stuck a light bulb in my mouth. Unfortunately, it didn’t light up when you pulled my string. LOL people looked at me strangely that night (it was a night for strange costumes–my roommate went as Indira Gandhi who had just been killed–down to the bullet hole in her forehead.).
I haven’t been to a costume party for Halloween in years, but each year I long for the days of costume parties. Perhaps that’s why I love working in the theatre. You have costume parties with every show. 🙂
What is one of your favorite Halloween Costumes? The above pic is one of mine!