I take Halloween costumes very seriously, though usually my best laid plans change last-minute, and I'm making a mad dash to thrift stores to create my latest vision. A favorite of many was one such last-minute idea, when Katie Holmes was pregnant, I stuffed a paper towel belly into a tee-shirt that read "Save Katie's Baby," wore oversized sunglasses, a big button with Tom's face on it, and doctored a "for Dummies" book to read "Dianetics For Dummies." I walked about, saying, in a slightly dazed voice, how amazing everything was.
Big hit, plus, as the faux belly fell through the night, it made for a great cup holder for my drinks, SO inappropriate for a pregnant lady.
So this year, I'm debating between two characters. One is a classic, someone I've long wanted to dress up as: Carol Burnett's Mrs. Hannigan in "Annie."
I can't find a photo of her pouring gin into her tub, but that's the look I'd go for, layered, tattered slips, long pearls, bright lipstick drunkenly applied slightly outside the lip line, black eyeliner and messy hair.
Or, Luna Lovegood from "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." I'm not a huge Harry Potter person. I read book 7 first, so as not to miss out on the finalé madness. But when I saw Luna in "Half-Blood," I sensed a kindred spirit, a feeling confirmed when she stated, "I've never been to this part of the castle. Well, not awake. I sleepwalk, you see. That's why I wear shoes to bed."
(I couldn't find a photo of her silver dress for the Christmas party, but maybe this look would be easier to re-create.)
Which is your vote for me this Halloween? Gin-filled Mrs. Hannigan (making for an easy excuse for an ever-present drink) or fellow sleep-wanderer Luna Lovegood?