25 October 2006

And now for a completely different Halloween experience

I think I've mentioned it before, but in case I haven't, I love Halloween. As a child, I never had very nice costumes because my parents didn't like Halloween and didn't go in for buying (or making) us costumes. Most years, my costume existed of a plastic mask and clothing I already owned. Since becoming an adult every year I'd dreamed of the things I'd like to dress up as, but in general, I was very limited to what I could wear because of my weight.

In 1999, I dressed up as a mop from the Sorcerer's Apprentice to compliment my husband's Mickey. You can't really tell it from this photo, but I bought one of the cheap brown sheath-like costumes (I think it was supposed to be a monk's costume) to make myself the handle and attached a couple of hula skirts just below my knees to make the mop head. In my hand, I carry a bucket painted to look like an old wooden bucket and filled it with iridescent wrap to make it look like water. Pretty darn creative, huh? But, can you see that I'm wearing something over the gown thing? Well, I was a bit uncomfortable with how tightly the gown thing clung to my body (surprise, surprise), so I wore a brown t-shirt over the gown ... not that it made me look any better. But, it did make me feel better!

Last year and the year before, I dressed up as the spider woman. In 2004, I had to put on the "one size fits all" skirt over my head (instead of stepping into it) because the elastic wouldn't stretch out enough to fit over my hips and abdomen. So, when I wore it last year and easily slipped it on, I was thrilled. But, when I look at myself from then now I know I never would have even considered what I'm planning on for this year ...

I am going to be Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's! I found this vintage dress on eBay, an Audrey-style wig, long black gloves, some pearls and even the long cigarette holder! Oh, and even though the wig I bought comes with (what I'm sure will be a rather tacky) tiara, I'm going to add the tiara I wore on my wedding day to top it all off! The only thing I lack now is shoes. Sad that I don't have a pair of appropriate low-heeled or flat black shoes, but I don't. So, I'm still on the hunt! The caveat is that I don't wear a lot of black, so I don't want to spend more than $20 on the shoes since I know they won't get much use. Anyways, I'm very excited about it (even though I know I'm no where near as skinny as Audrey always was), and I plan to take photos. So, be on the lookout for them soon after Halloween! What are you all planning on dressing up as?


Jill said...

HOT MAMA! If I didn't have my child to get dressed for Halloween (he is going to be the cutest puppy in Illinois)and if we still lived in Chicago and had a fun party to go to I would be a hot mama too! :) Take lots of photos!

Anonymous said...

Great idea for a costume... I love it! What about a pair of black ballet slippers? You could sew a nice bow on to them, and they're comfy!

Congratulations too for making it to goal! It's an amazing accomplishment, and I'm sure you are happy beyond words! I missed "Gooooooooaaaalllll!!!!" post -- I think my Blogroll was screwed up! I'm so sorry!

This year it's all about my 2 year old -- she's going to be Minnie Mouse. Next year, I will indeed wear some kind of fun costume. I've always dreamed too of being able to wear one of the nicer "one size fits all" costumes. LOL

Some dream, eh?

Oh, by the way -- I have a date. November 15th!

Danyele said...

Cute dress!! and what a great costume idea. I was Marilyn Monroe two years ago.. I have the white "Seven Year Itch" dress (and a vintage clutch that I bought on Ebay to match). I'm not going to wear it this year, but I do plan on taking it in several sizes and wearing it next year.