Note: There's an ongoing giveaway of an advance copy of my next book at the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop.
is approaching. It's a holiday that always makes me feel like a bit of
an outsider. My parents didn't let me trick-or-treat when I was growing
up; the idea of collecting candy from strangers didn't sit well with
them. (I certainly helped myself to the bowl we kept for those who
visited our house, though!) As for costumes--I never could stand to wear
a mask over my face, due to mild claustrophobia. Also, I never seemed
to have anything around the house that would make a good costume.
I know what you're thinking. "Come on over to my Halloween fiesta, girl! You sound like the life of the party!" ;-)
this gets me thinking about my favorite costume-party story ever, which
comes from the old Bob Newhart show. There was some kind of costume
party on the show--I think it was for the Fourth of July, not Halloween,
since everyone came dressed as Uncle Sam. All except for Mr. Carlin,
who wore, as I recall, a basic trench coat. After getting over their
disappointment that they were not the only ones to think of the Uncle
Sam idea, everyone asked Mr. Carlin why he didn't dress up. "I am
dressed up. I'm a Revolutionary spy," he said.
So that's always
been my "costume:" I'm dressed in everyday clothes because I'm a spy.
Yes, I totally stole that from Mr. Carlin.
Is it any wonder I'm a
writer--where I can produce any costume, no matter how elaborate,
merely with some creative typing--rather than an actress, where the
costumes and makeup exist in three dimensions?
Do you like costumes--if so, what's your favorite? Or do you, like Mr. Carlin and me, dress "like a spy?"