I love Halloween. I tend to live in other centuries in my head most of the time, but only once a year do I get to model them as a fashion statement. Try wearing a set of panniers on your average Tuesday and people will stare at you like you’re crazy; do it on Halloween and you get to preen and be praised.
I tend to specialize in obscure literary figures/historical characters. In college, I went as the Belle Dame San Merci with lots of fluttering draperies in aqua and green. (Cue a chorus of “La Belle What?”). My first year of grad school, I dug up Regency garb and went as Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey. (Yep, “Catherine who?”). The second year, I had way too much time on my hands (this was just before I started writing Pink I, so I needed some way to procrastinate from studying for my orals) so I sewed myself a pseudo-18th century gown, fashioned a bizarre wire contraption to hold it out along the sides, and went as Evelina from Evelina.
Having grown lazy in my later years (and forgotten how to sew), I’ve found it easier, recently, just to re-wear that same dress and come up with a new character for it each year. No one ever knows who they are anyway, so it’s all okay. This year, my little sister went 18th century with me, so, together, we were the Lennox sisters, daughters of the Duke of Richmond and Lennox. (For those who are curious– or have seen the BBC series “Aristocrats”– I was Caroline and she was Emily. No one wanted to be Sarah.)
What are you wearing for Halloween this year?