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Open Thread: Halloween Brainstorming

The wonderful Weetziebat suggested this OT idea! In honor of Halloween (perhaps THE favorite holiday of Persephoneers) we thought it would be fun to run an open thread for discussing your costume/party/decoration ideas and get advice/validation from your fellow readers. 

My quandry: I want to dress up my cat.  As a unicorn. Because that would be awesome. (Perhaps not so much for the cat.) I’m not sure how to do this without 1. being clawed to shreds or 2. cleaning up political pissings from now until Christmas.

What are your Halloween plans?

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

32 replies on “Open Thread: Halloween Brainstorming”

*sigh* If I could be anyone I wanted, it would be Violet Baudelaire. That dress from the movie is to die for. But I can’t sew, so I will probably wear my pink hoodie, jeans, and Time Turner and be Hermione from Prisoner of Azkaban. The only question is, should I take my wand to work or not?

We’ve got a couple of ideas, but the one we like the best is pairing up with my brother and his wife and going as the Bosom Buddies — the girls would be the male half and the boys would be the girls.

Which is only funny if you have seen Bosom Buddies I guess, but we think it’s hysterical.

I used to throw a big Halloween rager every year — I’ve hired tarot card readers and mehendi tattoo artists and people who eat fire — but we’ve given them up since we moved into our house, which has a terrible party layout. But if we throw one this year, it’s going to be a theme: Come as your favorite off the air television character.


That is awesome. I have nothing else to contribute but I just thought you should know that I’m 100% behind your idea and this is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. Maybe because it makes me nostalgic for my youth. Regardless, excellent song, excellent costume.

Yesterday I got my lady bug wings and antennae. I have a black poofy short dress I’ll wear, with torn fishnets and black heels. I’m going to rat my hair up all big, stick a cigarette behind my ear, and put on tons of eyeshadow. I’ll spend the night burping and sitting with my legs open. An unlady bug! I’m so excited. It was between that and Sexy Abraham Lincoln (booty shorts, suspenders, “emancipate these” t-shirt, stovepipe hat, and beard).

Oh, and also, I PASSED THE BAR EXAM!! My boyfriend of two years took it with me and I was SO scared only one of us would pass, but we both passed! I literally cried with joy/relief. Now I just have to deal with character and fitness, and then I’ll be a real attorney! Two of my friends I fully expected to pass did not, and I’m really disappointed for them, though. Then there are two peopleI did not expect to pass and did not pass, and it makes me sad. But at the same time, YAY I PASSED THE BAR EXAM!!!

I love Halloween and usually start thinking about my next costume as soon as Halloween is over. And this year I want to dress up as a flight of fancy! I’m going to wear one of my old prom dresses and get a pair of wings and sprinkle some glitter everywhere. (My main motivation for this is because I’ve always wanted to wear pretty fairy wings but have never dressed up as anything that required them.)

OT, but today I am making: chicken soup (from scratch), Deviled eggs, spinach artichoke dip, bacon-wrapped asparagus, and stuffed mushrooms (with bacon, cream cheese, and taco seasoning, and then a dollop of sour cream on top).

Holy domesticity, Batman!

(Okay, I also agreed that I would take care of appetizers for a wake tonight. No, the soup is not an appetizer. That is for me to om nom.)

So rather than make bacon-wrapped asparagus, I looked up an appetizer recipe to use up some potatoes that I have. I found a recipe for bacon-wrapped potatoes, which are currently in my oven.

I am also terrible at judging the yield of potatoes, so figured I’d use up what I had left.

6 is a lot of potatoes.

It will not be possible to do this without revenge pissing, however you can probably avoid the clawing.  It will require two people and a large towel that you don’t care too much about.  You wrap the cat up in the towel like a burrito with his head poking out.  Your backup then holds burrito-cat while you put on the unicorn hat.  Actually, you’ll probably want three people because after the hat is on you will only have 9.8 seconds to take pictures, so it helps if there is already someone on hand with a camera ready.

I bought a bunny costume for pets that I’m going to convert into a unicorn. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t ridiculously excited.  I made sure the bunny costume fit tonight, which was WAY harder than I thought it would be, but I didn’t get bloodied.  And it’s really cute.

The cat appears to hate it.

last autumn I bought an American McGee’s Alice costume and haven’t yet had a chance to wear it! I’m not going to be the game character though… I am going to be Alice in Zombieland! I’ll wear the blood-spattered dress with combat boots and cross a machete and machine gun across my back. also I’ve almost convinced some of my friends to be zombie Wonderland inhabitants!

today my hairdresser offered me one of her extra mannequin heads and suggested we paint it to look like the Queen of Hearts and then hang it from my belt… which sounds AWESOME.

and, as it usually goes, my costume plans occur far before my actual Halloween plans, so there’s that.

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