Monday, November 02, 2009

Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

Somehow we got invited to two different Halloween parties this year; one a huge event that was attended by hundreds of people at a Masonic temple, and one that was a house party with a theme of The Future.

The first party was last weekend, and we dressed up in the same costumes we had from my birthday party back in March: the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Sadly, the party wasn't as fun as I'd hoped. The most entertaining thing about it was looking at everyone else's costumes. It was an alcohol-free event, which wasn't so much a problem as there also wasn't much to do other than stare at everyone else. There were some pagan rituals and a band played for a little while and some booths were set up in one place where you could buy standard Ren Faire crap. I was impressed with quite a few of the costumes, and there were about 5 other Mad Hatters there. Plus, we found an Alice.

The second party was on Saturday night. We spent some time at the thrift store, got some fabric, some yarn, and some other supplies, and I knitted Dan a cunning hat and sewed myself up a costume. Then, on Saturday, I spent a couple of hours preparing my hair, since I knew the only way I could get curls to stay for more than a few minutes would be zulu knots, something I hadn't done in years.

Dan made a stencil and painted himself up a Blue Sun tshirt.

I sewed a dress quite a bit like the ones I made for the bridesmaids in our wedding, only I made a long, a-line skirt. My hair was up and curly, I invested in some fake eyelashes and liquid eyeliner, and we went off to the party as Inara Serra and Jayne Cobb from Firefly.

This party was, in a word, awesome. The hosts had spend over a month decorating the entire downstairs of the house, each room in a different theme: the 1950s silver and lights, the post-apocalyptic, when nature takes back over, the mad scientist, the bat room, and (my favorite) the 2001 room, complete with Hal and a monolith in the middle and an animatronic Elvis. Everyone who attended was be-costumed, and there were some mighty impressive ones. The hosts were characters from Alien. Our friends who had invited us dressed as characters from From Dusk Till Dawn. There was a Miss Galaxie 1959, a Buy N Large citizen from Wall-E, Dr. Who, some Terminators, and Dan and I even found some Two By Two Hands of Blue from the same show as our costumes. We had so much fun, especially since all the attendees had made a concerted effort to not only dress up but think of something that went with the theme of the party. Also, the hosts are artists and photographers, and they had a photography studio set up in their basement to take photos of all the attendees. You can see the full set here.

A good time was had by all.


Anonymous said...

Wow. I am always impressed by people who take Halloween seriously & come up with awesome costumes. Here is where I feel uncool and tell you I am not familiar with Firefly, but I still think your costume was super sweet - especially that hair. I feel so lame for not having dressed up now.

Anonymous said...

Wow! You and Dan's costumes are both awesome (but you get extra gold stars for your hair :) ). As a huge Firefly fans I am both impressed with your costumes and totally happy that someone else loves that show enough to dress up like its characters :)

Hillary said...

I love the zulu knots.

Leah said...

I love how you're all "So I knitted a hat and sewed a dress..." like it's no big deal. You're my craft idol.