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Literary Halloween Costumes

October 24, 2011

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!



7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2011 9:08 am

    I love that you dress up for bookclubs! What original choices, too! This year, I’m going to be Dorothy from Wizard of Oz and my youngest daughter is going as the Wicked Witch! Too fun!

    • October 24, 2011 9:12 am

      Karen: I’ve seen your Dorothy! That’s a great costume for you–glad your daughter is getting in on the act! Cheers! BCC

  2. October 24, 2011 9:25 am

    Marsha, I’m eager to see what your circus act will be. You are coming again this year to GFW?

    Here’s to Happy Reading! Kay

    • October 24, 2011 9:37 am

      Kay: I wouldn’t miss it for the world. My group is still trying to figure out our theme–what about yours? Cheers! BCC

  3. October 24, 2011 9:48 am

    What a lot of fun you all seem to be having. I love the costumes. They are so…Halloween-y! Btw, is the lady in the second pic at the top any relation to the first lady in the third picture? They look so much alike.

    Your memories of Halloween are so very sweet. I enjoyed reading about them. This is a splendid post!!

    Happy Halloween!


    • October 24, 2011 10:07 am

      Thanks, Sandy. We do have a lot of fun! I guess I should’ve identified the folks in the pictures…In the top row: left and right: Me with my partner in book club crime, Kay Hodges; Top center: BCC solo; Bottom picture: Leesha Ford as the Dormouse, Jamie Ford as the White Rabbit, Karen Harrington as my sis, the White Queen, BCC as the Red Queen, Marcia Fine as Tweedle Dee, M.L. Malcolm as the Mad Hatter, Sarah Deutsch as the Looking Glass, and Sandy Briggs as Alice. Thanks for commenting! Cheers, BCC


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