Halloween is my absolute most favorite holiday. I love everything about it. I love that it happens in fall, when it’s cool and crisp but not cold. I love horror movies and people trying to “scare” me. I love the costumes, and I love wearing black. The only thing I don’t love is the candy. (Yes, I know. But give me french fries over candy any day. Hey… holiday idea… something involving the consumption of french fries! But I digress…)
I started to think about my costume this year. Every year for the past several years, I’ve wanted to be Alice in Wonderland, either the Disney version or a Steampunk version. And every year, by the time I go costume shopping, the selection of Plus sized costumes is extremely limited.
I realized that I have never owned a store bought costume. Never. Not in over three decades of dressing up. I’ve never gone to Wal-Mart or Target or the Spirit store and actually purchased an entire costume. I’ve purchased props, like a witch’s hat, a wig, wings, fangs, makeup, craft items, or shoes. But never a full costume. I’m not sure why that is. Honestly, I don’t remember ever wanting a store bought costume. Most of the fun was in making up the costume, piecing together different things and coming up with something unique.
I’ve been lots of things over the years. Last year I was a spider spirit, with netting sewn all over a skirt and an old black shirt, spiders hot glued on my webs. I’ve been a witch, a vampire, a hippy, a devil, a black cat, and probably many other things I’m not remembering. One of my proudest costumes was in high school, at a party I got a pity invite to. It was a costume party, but I was the only person who showed up. I used fake blood all over a white lab coat, smeared my face with purple eye shadow, and made up my lips and eyes with black lipstick.
Realizing this, I finally understand why I haven’t been able to find the perfect Alice in Wonderland costume… I haven’t made it yet! I don’t know if it’s going to happen this year or not. But when it does, it’s going to be great.
Do you make or buy your costumes? What was your personal favorite costume ever?