As Hallowe’en approaches, I am tempted to conjure up a costume and dress up, at least for some part of the day. It’s on a Monday this year, which is normally my day off. I might go make some images at the local safe house anyway, since I think it will make good pictures. I also moved my class to Tuesday because some of the students had kids they wanted to take trick-or-treating.
I have no idea what kind of costume might suit me. When I was seven I wanted to be a blob. When I was 24, I came to a costume party as a photographer. There have been a few times I actually dressed up, and it was always fun.
Once I was Jesus. Another time I was a VietNam veteran in a class-A uniform. After bringing home some of my dad’s 70’s-era clothing from Florida (where he had been “saving” it), I actually dressed up as him in the 1970s. Michael and Thea fixed me up as a pirate one year using some of Michael’s SCA apparel.
There was a period in the mid-1990s when David Martin began to conjure fictional tales about Thea and her penchant for eating rats, usually in secret. He even wrote some short fiction about it. Thea may or may not have actually been sneaking off into supply closets at her office to secretly eat rats, but she never denied it, and when she dressed up like the “rat eater” in 1996, her costume was perfect.
So if you have any cool ideas for costumes for me, put them in the comment field. Let’s have fun!