Condo Blues: Help Me Pick a Halloween Costume!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Help Me Pick a Halloween Costume!

I love dressing up for Halloween. It's the one time of year that I can please my inner child and play dress up. Because if you're an adult and if you don't have a kid, playing dress up at any other time of the year could be all shades of creepy, scary, fetishy or all three (your choice - you pick!)

Husband and I are going to a Halloween party. The theme is Scary. After rooting around what costume pieces we had around the house (not only a budget conscious costume but environmentally friendly too), I put together three options. I'm not sure which one I should do. Will you help me decide?

Option 1: Witch

These costume pieces have evolved into what you see now. Originally I bought the vest at Rag O Rama (hands down the best thrift store in the city!) and wore it with black boots and leggings for a couple of sword fighting shows. Later I needed an Elizabethan gown to do a hand to hand stage combat show and made the black skirt. A few years later I developed an on-line training course and needed a photo of an 1898 woman. I added sleeves to the vest and a walking bustle to the skirt. Then after seeing Wicked and channeling the latest Harry Potter film I added the conical hat. It’s not as good as Professor McGonagall’s (oh how I love the hats they built for the character in the Harry Potter movies!) but I didn't have to time to beef up the store bought hat with feathers et al. at the time) and was a witch. I use the broom as a decoration on my front porch. I like the texture of the bamboo handle and that it's beat up a bit. Like it's defied gravity and flown many, many miles into the night.

Come to think of it, if I make a few slight modifications to my witch costume, I could trick it out as Steampunk.

Option 2: An Apple with a Razor Blade in It


I made this costume for Husband a zillion years ago for a Halloween party (not the same hosts as this year) at his request. The theme of that party was Halloween. Not very original as themes go, so Husband decided to go as something that every person fears on Halloween other than zombies coming to life and eating your brain.
It was a hit becuase the attendees that party have a twisted sense of humor too.

I think this one is scary in a twisted kind of way however someone might find it offensive. I don't want to do that especially since this party is going to be full of Husband's co-workers. All of them have good senses of humor but you never know.

Option 3: Mommie Dearest

"Oh no, you wouldn't!" you say.

Oh yes, I might.

I've had this idea tucked into the back of my mind for quite awhile and haven't had an occasion to use it. I'm leaning towards this one because it's a new costume idea. And what I ask you what was scarier than the "NO WIRE HANGERS" scene in the movie Mommie Dearest?

Honestly this has to be the most comfortable costume around because I'd be wearing a bathrobe, nightgown, and turban - no need to do my hair! And with my amazing eBay find wrapped around my shoulders my inner diva would be happy.

And as my gays are ready to point out - a happy diva makes a darn fine sour apple martini. I'm just sayin'...

Which of these costumes do you think I should use for the Halloween party? Or do you have another suggestion for me?

Upadated 10/31/08: Thank you to everyone who suggested what I should be for Halloween! Your suggestions (and my loyalties) made me decide to dress up as the Witch tonight when we hand out candy for Begger's Nights. After Trick or Treat is over, I'm going to change into the Mommie Dearest costume and wear that to the Halloween party.

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