Happy Halloween!

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When I was a kid, I liked Halloween.  I enjoyed acquiring bags of candy and my mom always made us kick-ass costumes, but Christmas was better because presents.  Now that I’m an adult, Halloween has replaced Christmas for two reasons:

1) Any gifts acquired during Halloween are edible and therefore do not take up any real space in my house.  

2) Costumes.

Since getting into anime and cosplay, Halloween has become the best non-convention excuse to showcase some of the awesome costumes that I’ve put together over the last five years.  On Wednesday this week I wore a dark blue yukata decorated with white butterflies I bought at Katsucon, complete with a very simple white obi, tabi socks, and black wig.  On Friday I wore my latest iteration of steampunk.  (Yes, I skipped Thursday because I didn’t have anything else prepped.  My closet is in a state of disarray.)  And today I wore a lovely green and white vintage medieval-style dress that my friend Storm Elf bought for me years ago, but I’d never worn it before because it’s too fragile to survive the Renaissance Faire.

Damn, it’s fun to play dress-up.  Not only is it fun to see the expressions on people’s faces and receive compliments, but it also helps one’s writing.  Getting into clothing you normally don’t wear helps improve descriptions and enter a different head-space, even if you don’t really act like a different character.  And every visit to a thrift store because a treasure hunt of possibilities.  Part of me wishes I had more time, energy, money, and talent to create and wear better costumes more often.   Alas, it can be both expensive an exhausting after a while, so I don’t do it very often.  I’m starting to value quality over quantity.

Even though Halloween has history and traditions far older than the current (sometimes chintzy) version, for me the main draw is being able to transform into something different.  Something new.  I’m hoping that sense of excitement and adventure carries over into November as NaNoWriMo begins.

Enjoy your All Hallow’s Eve!  I’ve included a list of awesome Halloween-esque songs with links to their respective youtube videos. Enjoy!

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Awesome Halloween-esque Songs:

“Moonlight Shadow” by Mike Oldfield (Remix by Blue UltrasGE)

“All Souls’ Night” by Loreena McKennitt

“Shadow of the Moon” by Blackmore’s Night

“FullMoon” by Sonata Arctica

“Mitternacht” by E. Nomine

“Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish

“Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo

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Costume Evolution:

The Princess and the Pumpkin

The Princess and the Pumpkin. And the Pony. (circa 1991)

 

I was so gosh-darn proud of that dragon costume. ^_^

I was so gosh-darn proud of that dragon costume. (circa 1994)

 

Halloween in 2015... The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Halloween in 2015. (The more things change, the more they stay the same.)

 

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2 responses to “Happy Halloween!

  1. I love your costume, Kat! The belt is particularly eye-catching! I really enjoy dressing up as well…although I’m afraid I haven’t had the opportunity to do it in forever! I wish there were more special events in the area for something like that. The last few costumes I’ve worn had to do with costume parties or talent shows, but they were far and few and in between! Hey…have you ever thought of doing something of a Halloween party over at the library some time?? That could be a blast!! 🙂

  2. P.S. Getting wrapped up in your latest role as a Pirate-ess of the Caribbean, I didn’t view the other pics till later…that’s the most huggable dragon that ever guarded a castle, who must be the prized pet of the fair little Cinderella princess with her mini pumpkin golden coach 😉

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