That’s me at 11 years old as some sort of disco dancer? Not my proudest moment.
The holiday season is nearly upon us and I, for one, am more excited than ever to celebrate my favorite of all holidays based on Celtic traditions of scaring ghosts away… Halloween is just around the corner and I have been preparing for this wonderful holiday since November 1st of last year! Often mistaken for a child’s holiday, Halloween is a perfect excuse to live out your wildest dreams and fantasies or to finally buy that Sexy Minion costume you’ve been eyeing since June.
My history of overdoing Halloween costumes started as a kid. I remember learning (the hard way) that it was the cool thing to not care about Halloween. I was in 10th grade and was invited to my first Halloween party with some friends. They went as your standard 80’s Girl, Rock Star, Cheerleader, Football Player, etc… I showed up as a vampire. Without True Blood or Twilight, I had no sexy vampires to look up to. So, I rocked a black cape, white button down shirt, slicked back hair, white face paint, fangs and had blood dripping from my mouth. It was entirely not cool.
But did I let that stop me? Yes. For a little bit. I’ve had some decent costumes in the past, but for the last few years I have been killin’ it at Halloweening! (See below to confirm.) I decided Halloween would be my one night a year where I dress up as a (usually redhead) woman and live out all my drag fantasies.
See what I mean? Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet! This year, I am putting all my past costumes to shame. She’s gorgeous. She’s evil. She loves a good plant pun. She’s Poison Ivy!
This costume has been a huge labor of love for me over the last two months and I am so proud of my work on it. I have sourced pieces of the look from all over the place. My biggest find for this costume was buying 75 feet of fake ivy from Amazon for only $6! I cut leaves off of that and covered a corset, opera gloves, heels and face mask with gorgeous green ivy!
My obsession with Uma Thurman, comic book movies, drag queens, playing dress up, crafting and wearing wigs all came together and showed me how exciting and creative Halloween can be if you let yourself have fun with it! The most exciting part of this process has been finding all the fun ways to add to the overall look. I will be in character from my heels to my nails and can’t wait to premiere it Sunday night! Stay tuned for the full look as I will no doubt be taking as many pictures of my self as I can that night!
So are you the “buy the latest Disney character costume at Party City” kind of trick-or-treater or do you go all out and DIY a costume every year? Whatever you are and whatever you plan to be…see you this weekend!