Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween

So last year, I spent a lot of time making Halloween costumes. And I enjoyed every minute of it. It was so much fun.

I'm not sure what to do about this year. We're actually going to be in Louisiana over Halloween weekend, and if we can score tickets, we'll hopefully be at the Saints game on Halloween night. Not that that means that we can't dress up. New Orleans on Halloween is a fantastic place to be. Probably some of the best people watching anywhere, anytime. Hands down. The problem is that I'm not sure that I want to dress in an elaborate (or uncomfortable) costume to sit through a football game and/or walk across the city. And I can't really transport anything elaborate in a carry-on bag. And well, size-wise, things are moving around and not fitting like they did a couple of weeks ago. But what I'm really trying to say is... convince me.

This does not, however, mean that I haven't been thinking A LOT about Halloween. Because I have. So, what have I been thinking about:

Mary Poppins. My mom texted me a few weeks ago and asked whether I wanted to go with the fam to see the stage version of Mary Poppins the day after Thanksgiving. Which led me to think how fabulous (and seemingly under represented) the Mary Poppins costume is. There are really 2 classic Mary Poppins costume. The parrot handled umbrella, little black hat, and black coat she wears on her arrival...

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And then the classic white dress, hat, and parasol...

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I prefer the first costume. It's clear that it is absolutely all about the hat and the umbrella. The rest would be fairly easy to pull together. (As an aside, we had a chimney sweep at our house recently to check out our fireplace. I hoped that he would arrive dressed like Burt or exhaling soot, but alas, he did not.)

Cheerio.

Glee CHeerio

Am I the only one willing to admit my love affair for Glee? I love it more than someone in her thirties should probably admit. And while I'm not crazy about how things have been going this season, I still watch every week. I thought a Cheerio costume would be perfect. Even if I was looking even a wee bit prego by then, it would work since one of the characters was pregnant last season. Would Rykert be my Sue Sylvester? It doesn't matter, because it's not going to happen. However, I'm happy to report that my nieces will be taking up the banner with the cheerleading uniforms which look much cuter on them than they would on me.

On a similar note, Sandy's Cheerleading Uniform from Grease.

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This would be super easy to put together. A red non-poodle poodle skirt, white sweater with appliqued R. I wish I had the hair and bangs to pull it off.

Lily Munster.

Lily Munster

This version on Flickr is fabulous. Rykert would never go for this. He'd probably think it would be funnier to dress as niece Marilyn.

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Twister. This Twister dress has been in my favorites on Flickr for quite a while. And I scored a pair of white patent leather go-go boots on incredible clearance last year after Halloween.

Bee Girl.

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You know from the Blind Melon video for "No Rain." Quintessential 90s. I've loved this costume idea for years, but have never gotten around to it. It would also give me an excuse to buy myself a pair of tap shoes. And really, I have no shame when it comes to Halloween costumes, when done with authenticity.

Flapper. I still have a really cute flapper dress that I bought at H&M last year, so that's still an option.

Now, if I was a bit farther along, I would have no problem using "my condition" to make a tasteless joke, because if you can't be tasteless on Halloween, then when can you be tasteless:
  • Pregnant Nun (I actually already have a nun costume) - it's a tired costume, I know.
  • Juno (one of my favorite movies)
  • 1960-ish pregnant lady with martini and cigarette (both fake, of course) - very Mad Men-esque
  • Pregnant version of my Girl Scout
So that's some of the random Halloween costumes I've been thinking about lately. What about you? Anyone have costume plans?

1 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

RadioactiveUnicorn said...

You said to convince you, so I shall point out that I will also be in New Orleans on Halloween, dressed very classily as Daisy Duke. And I am awesome, so you should be like me. Or something.

When I saw your Mary Poppins idea I was jealous I hadn't thought of it first, although I do rather like the bee girl one as well. And all the others, but those ones are my favorites.

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