Friday, October 24, 2008

The REAL Hallowe'en Horror

When I prepare for Hallowe'en I'm not worried about some kid in a Harry Potter mask stealing my soul...I'm just worried about what I'm going to wear. And that's a big worry.

For most of my life I didn't care about Hallowe'en. I couldn't think of any "good ideas" and I was far too insecure to be comfortable executing them anyway. It wasn't until young adulthood that I started thinking "Hey, this Hallowe'en thing is pretty fun!"

So for many years I planned out costumes that meant something to ME -- Ann Miller from "On The Town," a lion tamer, "Zev" from the TV series "Lexx," Naag ki Devi, Melody Valentine from "Josie and the Pussycats," and the bounty hunter from "Guitar Wolf" -- but in almost every case my costume was either incomprehensible to others or simply looked at as the sort of thing I wear anyway. And I learned by painting myself blue that I have a lot more skin than I'd thought I had.

This year I decided, to hell with it, I'd go out in a strikingly-obvious costume. But I don't feel like spending a ton of money on something I'm not passionate about, and the cheap pre-made costumes always LOOK cheap (and you're bound to run into three other people wearing exactly the same thing). Besides, off-the-rack is CHEATING.

I'd much rather just not wear ANY costume and simply go as me, but since people bar-hop on that particular night to show off their elaborate Transformer outfits, I always meet lots of new people, and they think that my being in drag IS a costume, which is annoying.


Kimber said...

Way to tantalize didn't even reveal WHAT your costume's actually going to be!

Transformers, eh? I remember the good old days, when everyone at Club A dressed up as a Matrix character. Yeesh.

Adam Thornton said...

I hear that this year's popular costumes are "evil angel" and "pimp." Which is unfortunate because pimps have been popular for like four years now.

I'm going going for something I can pull together at home: "Drunken '40s Housewife." Easy, comfortable, and fun!

Mantelli said...

I like your costume idea. I'm trotting out my one remaining vintage Givenchy suit, sticking a toy dog in my purse, spraying up my hair, raiding my mother's 60's jewelry collection, and going as Eva Gabor's long-lost, impoverished daughter. I even found a very expensive-looking ;) fake fur at my local vintage store.

Adam Thornton said...

Mantelli, dahlink! It will be fabulous!

Anonymous said...

isn't drag a costume?

Adam Thornton said...

It could be perceived as a costume, and sometimes I do it as such, but for me it's usually just "me."

With, errrr, a lot of prep time and a limited shelf-life.