Discussion can get pretty heavy around here — even if we weren’t talking about eating disorders half the time, there’s nothing like trenchant media analysis to bring you uncomfortably close to bigotry and misogyny. So after the mega-popular names post, Kate thought we might leaven the discussion (and give our sharp, funny commentariat a chance to shine) with regular injections of fluff. I’ll start!
I want to talk Hallowe’en, people. We’ve already seen the depths to which costuming can sink, but if you’re anything like me, you’re really excited about dressing up in something that doesn’t make light of mental disorders and fucked-up food behaviors. If you’re anything like me, you also haven’t done a lick of planning for either your costume or your party. (Last year we started a tradition of Spooky Brunch, but I haven’t thought about it at ALL this year.)
So what’s your best costume? What’s the best one you’ve ever seen? What’s your favorite Hallowe’en activity or tradition? Do you still trick-or-treat? If you’re outside the US, what’s your dress-up occasion and what do you do for that? What are you going as this year? And most importantly, what should I go as? I’m thinking either a peacock or a ship’s figurehead, both of which would involve expensive wigs (which I need to have ordered, like, last week) and elaborate makeup, which I like. Last year I was a tree, which was one of my favorite costumes ever — I built the costume around a dress I found at Torrid for clearance prices, which had a layer of brown mesh over a lighter brown lining for a sort of wood-grain effect. I hot glued leaves to it, and to a green wig, and that was pretty much it — totally simple and wearable. This year I found a great Godzilla head and was thinking about going as a Bridezilla, but I thought that’d be funnier to do next year, a month after my wedding. Also, it’s hella difficult to find cheap tacky white dresses in my size.
Lay it on me, Shapelers. Do you love Hallowe’en? Do you dread it? Do you buy that Martha Stewart magazine with the Hallowe’en ideas, and do any of them really work?