Halloween Costumes

Gentle Reader, I am aware of the date. I acknowledge the tragedy that occurred; the actions of those individuals are reprehensible. I have long held that our reaction was also reprehensible – not the tears, or the (brief) coming together of people of all walks of life – the curtailing of Freedom in the name of Security. This will doubtless lose me readers; this is not what I want to talk to you about today. In the midst of everyone’s heavy posts of remembrance and sorrow, I would like to embrace levity, frivolity, light – those things that lift our souls and bring us joy. For me, one of those things is, of course, Halloween.

Again, I’m perfectly aware of the date. However, in the days of the F.P.A., we always imagined our Ideal Guest receiving their invitation or their save-the-date card, debating over what costume to make, purchase, construct, and spending months on their attire. There would be vague murmurs at all the best parties – Well, what are you wearing? – and thus, interest and intrigue would slowly build for absolute ages, until the day of the event, when people’s creativity and talent would wash over us all in a riotous frenzy of feathers, silk, and sequins. While this was never quite the case with our actual guests, I have always treated Halloween, the Costumer’s High Holy Day, with the reverence and respect described.


I have come up with many unique concepts over the years; the above was a dark interpretation of the Baron Munchausen; there is also my steampunk iteration of the White Knight from Through the Looking Glass:


You can’t quite tell in the photo; there are approximately twenty pouches on the various straps across my chest that serve for armor; there are baskets, a turkish coffee set, tools for masonry and woodwork, a number of blades of varying uses, and so on and so forth.

You can see that this is a serious business that I’m about; I cannot just be a cat, a gypsy, or a cowboy. These, however, are the sort of suggestions I’ve been getting. September is nearly halfway over, and I still don’t have a concept. There was a moment when I almost decided on Dorothy Parker, but last year’s Coco Chanel* fiasco turned me against that idea. A couple’s costume, with Miss K, going as gender-switched June and Ward Cleaver seemed promising†, but I know full well that she won’t want to go to half the functions I want to attend. I may be stumped, for the first time in years, even if I am a dead ringer for June.

Halloween7  Halloween6

For heaven’s sake, I cobbled my own boots for my Jareth costume. This shouldn’t be an issue. It is absolutely vital that I sort this out by Sunday, so that I can begin collecting materials and begin work on this.

I’m sorry, Gentle Reader. I’m publicly brooding over the inconsequential. Do you have any suggestions? What are you wearing and doing on Halloween?


*The fiasco is twofold: firstly, no photos nor film of my costume survive; secondly, no one knew who I was, so I eventually told people that I was a Maiden Aunt.

†Fuck Gender-Roles! Fight Heteronormativity! Etc. Great concept; it’s just not practical.

About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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9 Responses to Halloween Costumes

  1. nataliedeyoung says:

    Wait, you were Jareth for Halloween?? You have promptly become my new hero. Halloween is my favorite holiday, but alas, costume ideas have been nil the last few years; lack of money and whatnot. I try, though.

  2. Scoundrel, Sir Scoundrel says:

    how about the chick from Ice Pirates?

    • Tyler J. Yoder says:

      I have to admit that I’ve never seen it. Looking it up, she looks pretty bad-ass, and probably pretty tricky to pull off right. Not a bad idea, though; thanks!

  3. alisande21 says:

    You might check out Epbot.com’s blog. She’s been posting pics from Dragon Con (as she and hubby are big into cosplay) and you might find inspiration there. Here’s a link: http://www.epbot.com/2013/09/dragon-con-13-best-cosplay-part-2.html

  4. mary says:

    Hit Girl please. I’m sure you could rock the plaid mini and the purple hair. You’d look scary and cute all at once.

  5. Melissa says:

    Sadly, the party I am attending this year is themed “Cowboys and Indians.” Although I could never come up with anything as theatrical as you, I much prefer to make my own choices. I am at a complete loss as to how to approach this idea. The only benefit is that it likely be a very comfortable costume.

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