Fiercely Loathing Halloween [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Fingertips]
Being a Costume Designer, people often assume that Halloween must be my favorite holiday. It’s not. When I was a child, I absolutely adored Halloween, and greatly looked forward to dressing up as my favorite villain and getting into that character. I totally rocked Captain Hook when I was seven, and made a pretty convincing Wicked Witch of the West. But somewhere between there and getting paid to make costumes for other people, I lost that loving feeling of wearing costumes.
For the last seven years my husband has begged and pleaded for me to make something spectacular for the two of us to wear on Halloween (which is HIS favorite holiday). The most he’s gotten out of me is Doctor Who XI and Amy Pond. Most of the time I’m just too busy making or finding costumes for my jobs to worry about Halloween. And then, there’s the fact that I’d rather be behind the scenes than in the scene. What I love and enjoy about costume design is getting to help bring a character to life. Giving a fictional being a bit more dimension. Designing the perfect garment and accessories to help convey to the audience who this person is, and also help the actor feel comfortable in that characters’ skin. But the idea of doing that for myself doesn’t appeal to me. Yes, I designed and made my wedding dress, but that was really just to assure I got exactly what I wanted. I adore cosplay, but have no interest in doing it for myself, just like Halloween.
I can appreciate that the general population enjoys getting dressed up and being someone else for the day, but I’m happier being the person that can help transform you rather than join in.
And yet, this leads me to one more year of my husband begging us to dress up as a fun duo for Halloween. Honestly, I’d like to wear one of my everyday outfits and go as a “Costume Designer”, you’ll be able to tell by the scissors and tape measurer I wear around my neck, and have the hubby go as “An Actor”. The next three weeks will undoubtedly be a wrestle of sorts between our two wills until one of us, unhappily, gives in.
Then I think, if I-the costume designer- is having this much trouble with Halloween, who of you out there are having the same dilemma?
How do you feel about Halloween?
Will you be wearing a costume?
Will you even be celebrating it?
Please feel free to weigh in with comments. And check back in two weeks for my fun last-minute costume ideas…for you, not me.
Trying to boldly go for All Hallows’ Eve.
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