Reason Number One: The Costumes
Buffy: It's just ... You're never gonna get noticed if you keep hiding! You're missing the whole point of Halloween.
Willow: Free candy?
Buffy: It's "come as you aren't" night! The perfect chance for a girl to get sexy and wild, with no repercussions.
Willow: Oh, I don't get wild. Wild on me equals spaz.
Def. Costume: A set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period. Or a set of clothes worn by an actor or other performer for a particular role or by someone attending a masquerade.
The first really big costume I remember as a kid was Wonder Woman, except that I had been dressing up as the Amazon ever since the show came on and my cute little pigtailed brain was convinced that I was an Amazon as well. I love that my mother let me walk around the neighborhood in what was essentially my favorite pair of underoos with an embellished leotard from my dancing youth and some pleather like cuffs to ward off the bullets. I think I even had a lasso. There was possibly a lot of twirling and such. I am sure I was a total hit.
After Return of the Jedi my little brother and I went as Ewoks. I went as Princess Kneesaa from the Ewoks comics books (which are still somewhere amidst the rest of my single issues). My brother went as a miniature Wicket. Everyone thought we were adorable teddy bears. They obviously were not all about the awesomeness of Star Wars (you know before they became a parody of themselves). There were a few geeks that loved my mother’s sewing expertise which slightly proves to me not that not everyone hated Return of the Jedi or Ewoks in general. Regardless I remember a pretty good haul that year as well as a lot of insistence on what we actually were.
Over the years I have had some wicked cool costumes: Jem from Jem and the Holograms, Princess Buttercup from he Princess Bride, A vampire Empress Josephine, A succubus, various Renaissancey maidens, May from the horror film May (cooler of body parts and all), Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, A greek goddess, Samara from the Ring, a witch and a fairy. I am sure there are plenty more I just don’t have mom’s scrapbooks in front of me. Last year I went as a lamia. This year I am thinking Alice from American McGee’s Alice games, bloody knife and all. Either that or up the awesome quotient on the Lamia costume (more scales, more snakes and possibly a snake tail peeking from beneath the gown, ooh and contacts) Though to be honest if I could be in costume on more than just Halloween I would in a second.
Costumes I want to make and wear:
One: Suckerpunch. Sweet Pea was gorgeous.
Two: Leeloo Dallas from the Fifth Element
Three: A Venetian Courtesan
Four: Lily from Legend (black Darkness dress)
Five: Steampunk (It’s the bustles methinks)
Six: Splicer from Bioshock (I already have the bunny mask)
Seven: Inara from Firefly
Eight: Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace from Battlestar Galactica
Nine: Liz Sherman from Hellboy (now how to get some pocket fire)
Ten: American McGee's Alice
So what have been your favorite costumes? Any big plans this year? Do tell.