Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Maggie wrote, “With Halloween coming up, I thought we should do something surrounding that. I know everyone does not celebrate Halloween, so I thought we could address costumes in general.
Here are Maggie’s questions.
1. Did you celebrate Halloween? If so, what was your most memorable costume?
I wouldn’t say my family “celebrated” Halloween, but I was allowed to go trick or treating and my parents would hand out candy to trick or treaters who came to our door on Halloween. As to costumes I wore, I know I did wear costumes, but they were always the cheap ones you buy at the pop-up Halloween stores or at other toy stores and apparently none were particularly memorable because I can remember even one costume I wore as a kid.
2. When was the last time you dressed in a costume? What was the reason?
It wasn’t a Halloween party. It was actually a work function in maybe 2005 and I dressed as a carnival barker with a red and white vertically striped sport coat, a straw hat, and a bamboo cane with a hook at the end, similar to the pictured below. And no, that’s not me in the photo.
3. As a child, did you like pretending you were someone else? Did you create costumes with things around the house?
I had convinced my best friend that I had a secret identity, Power Boy (like Super Boy). My only “costume” was wearing a bath towel pinned to my sweatshirt when I pretended to fly.
4. Did you ever attend Mardi Gras, Carnival, or any other festival with masks or costumes? Did you wear a mask or costume?
5. Were you ever in a play (school or otherwise) that required a costume? If so, who were you?
6. Do you participate in cosplay or go to Comic Conventions?
7. What character from movies, comics, or plays has the best costume?
I’m sort of partial to Batman’s costume, the Dark Knight edition.
8. Think of scary or horror movies. Which character’s costume and/or make up was the most frightening? Was it the costume alone, or the movie itself which made it frightening?
Linda Blair’s make-up in the movie “The Exorcist” scared the crap out of me. Actually, the whole movie did, as well. It’s been decades since I last saw the movie, so I can’t really comment on how well it’s stood the test of time.
9. Have you ever visited historic places where the staff wears period costumes? If so, where was it??
I’ve been to a few Renaissance Fairs, to Medieval Times, and to Colonial Williamsburg.
10. Have you ever attended a Broadway or Off Broadway or Community Theatre production with great costumes? Leave a clip or photo here of your favorite.
Don’t most theater productions have great costumes? Well, to respond to this question, I’m just going with my favorite Broadway musical of all-time, Les Misérables.