Literary Halloween Costumes
OK. I have to admit it. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s not just the candy (of course, I’ve hardly ever met a sugared thing I didn’t love…) but 21 years ago on Halloween, Handsome Hubby and I met the darling little curly-headed 9-month-old boy we would bring into our lives to play the role of “Handsome Son”. (Amazingly, we resisted naming him “Spooky” or “Casper”…) And 20 years ago, one my lovely nieces entered our family as well—so we have a couple of little “pumpkins” running around our family!
But aside from all of the variety of “sweets” mentioned above, I love the Halloween costumes!
And being such a book-nerd, I especially love the costumes in the literary vein…I dress for many of our book club celebrations—recent costumes include: Lily from Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, Camille (the crazy lip-stick-smeared mom) from Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman, to Jasmina Ali from Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. And of course, last year a whole group of us went to The Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends Weekend—a fabulous over-the-top Book Club Convention held in the piney woods of East Texas—as the entire cast of Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I loved playing the character you love to hate, her gruesomeness, The Red Queen.
This year, I’m again excited about my costume. I’ll be Anna from Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum. It’s this great Oktoberfest-y Bavarian costume—complete with the blonde braids—should be fun—even without the stein of beer. (I don’t think Anna drank the retched stuff, either…)
Let me know what your favorite literary costume is. Better yet—send me a picture!