In between grading and writing and socializin’, I’ve been thinking about Halloween. I’ve been invited to several parties this weekend, and all of them require (okay, request, no one is going to kick me out) that I arrive in costume.
I’m not great at coming up with costume ideas, but for once I have a couple of ideas in advance. The first one, that I know I’ll be doing for at least one party, is Officer Strunk of the Grammar Police. (From Chicago’s 15th Precinct, geddit?) Since we already have a small array of stick-on mustaches–what, you don’t?–all I need to find is some sort of kiddie cop-badge thing. Put on a military-style top, dress pants, and the Dude’s mirrored sunglasses, and then hand out citations for Dangling Modifiers and Failure of Subject-Verb Agreement, et voila! I hope this will go over well at the academic/nerd parties.
The second idea is a bit harder, since it would involve some shopping and crafting, but I might go as Marceline the Vampire Queen from my favorite cartoon show, Adventure Time. She’s a zillion years old, plays a bass made from a giant axe, and generally wreaks havoc in human, bat, and wolf forms. My kinda gal. The fact that I can wear a tank top, jeans, boots, and fangs I already own is gravy. I’d have to make that bass, though.
Anyway, I’ve got some plans, none of which involve hauling my tits out. We’ve complained about Tramp-o-ween before, and I know I’ll be surrounded by scores of sexy witches and sexy Harry Potters and whatever else, and if I didn’t already have some solid options, I’d be checking out Take Back Halloween for some totally inspiring, woman-friendly, feminist costume possibilities drawn from history, literature, and mythology.
They’ll take some work, and I’m sure you’ll spend your evening explaining who Xi Wang Mu or Themistoclea was, but then you’ll do feminist double-duty by edumacating your drunk friends and neighbors while looking fabulous and original. There’s still time!
If you’ve got your costume idea sewn up by could use some ideas on how to convince your kid or friend not to be sexy mustard without relying on conservative or religious talking points, you should check out Amanda Hess’s latest post at TBD. Girl is smart. Maybe you could dress as her for Halloween.
So, what are you doing for the holiday?