Do You Enjoy Wearing Costumes When It's NOT Halloween?

@Maggiepie (7821)
United States
March 4, 2011 12:24pm CST
And have you ever entered &/or won a costume contest? What costumes have you donned, & which was your favorite? Did you make it by yourself, or have help? I love to dress up in costume, though I don't celebrate "Halloween." I do celebrate "All Hallows Eve," the original version, but that's a Mass, so I'm in Church--& not in any costume! Once, at a party, I played an Arab oil tycoon (male), at another party a fairy (& I ran tiny Christmas lights through my dress. Drawback: they had to be plugged in, so I couldn't go far from the plug...). I've played a couple of TV show characters, & in one memorable party, at which everyone was supposed to come as their opposite character, I came as "Rambette," a female tough gal. I had a pack of cigarettes rolled up in my tee-shirt sleeve, a tattoo on one of my muscled arms, a sidearm (fake), a garland of bullets across my chest, some jeans, & my hair was basically buzz-cut at that time. I spent the evening trading bawdy jokes with the men! We had a ball. (One woman, recently & happily divorced, wore her bridal gown.) Perhaps my favorite costume was as an alien I created who had long black horns sticking straight out my head (& curving up at the very ends) & they had no visible support. They really looked as if they grew straight from my head. The horns spooked Elic's cat, Sab, who stopped & looked up at me.... Her eyes grew very big, & then she hissed at me & scrambled away! Drawbacks: it was necessary to warn people I was coming, or I could've put an eye out, & in narrow passageways, I had to turn sideways, as they had a spread of about 18 inches! I also designed a unique gold-lame costume to go with the horns that brought stares everywhere I went. Or perhaps my best was another alien being whose face was covered in black cloth & over that, plastic grommets & brass brads, so no-one could see my face (but I could see out). I wired glow sticks to the bottom of the mask--underneath the cloth--that shone through the material. I also designed the outfit below it, which had designer buttons sewn on it that resembled computer circuitry. The mask puzzled & vaguely intimidated everyone who saw it. It disturbed them that there was no face on which to focus. I later learned the judges had considered me for a prize, but I had fun, & the winners did deserve their prizes; I had a lot of stiff competition! There have been many costumes, & at least a few I've entered in contests have won awards. Elic has her own set of costumes she's designed & made, & she's copped at least a couple of awards herself! So! If you like costumes, tell us your story! Maggiepie "Foreign Aid - taxing poor people in rich countries for the benefit of rich people in poor countries." ~ Source unknown
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• United States
4 Mar 11
I have a confession to make... I never grew out of dress up! I love donning costumes! I look for excuses to dress up. My Sunday School class started a Chronicles of Narnia study... and I wore a Renaissance dress to church! I really like fantasy/medival/renaissance costumes. I go to a Renaissance Festival every year so I can dress up in pretty dresses.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
4 Mar 11
Way cool, Ally! A girl after my own heart! I'd love to go to a Ren-Faire, but I'm too broke these days. I wish I could've seen your church's Narnia do--I love the Narnia books, & all of Lewis' works, for that matter--& the new films, too! Do you have any photos you could share? (Yes would be a good answer...) Elic just told me you live in Texas. I'm in Austin--where 'bouts are you? Maggiepie "Foreign Aid - taxing poor people in rich countries for the benefit of rich people in poor countries." ~ Source unknown
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• United States
5 Mar 11
I'm also a huge long-time Narnia fan. Lived and breathed the books all my childhood... and I still do sometime. I was the one who begged for the Narnia study... actually. lol Yes, I have pictures. I am hesitant to share them though. They're not even on Facebook. I don't like putting pictures of myself up online. Yes, I live in Texas. I'm in the Dallas area though.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Well, howdy there, nayber! I'm in Austintatious! Oh, go ahead, put 'em up. We won't laugh. Promise! Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." ~ Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
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@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
4 Mar 11
No I only wear costumes during Halloween even then I don't dress up every year. I can't remember the last time I dressed up but I like to go and see people dressed up. When I lived in Honolulu Waikiki would be packed with people walking up and down parading their costumes it was so fun to see the different costumes. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I've never been to a costume party outside of Halloween but I'd love to go.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
4 Mar 11
You lived in Waikiki?? Wow! Whatever prompted you to leave? I used to like Halloween, but it's become so awful these days with so many really grisly costumes & wild behavior that I just don't find it fun any more. My Church has a Mass that night anyway, & I like going to the Liturgy. Would you believe one Halloween night kids actually knocked on the church door during Mass? I can't believe they didn't know better--they were Hispanic children from the neighborhood, & the area is largely Roman Catholic! Maggiepie "Foreign Aid - taxing poor people in rich countries for the benefit of rich people in poor countries." ~ Source unknown
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@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
4 Mar 11
I didn't live in Waikiki but it was only a few minutes by car. I left Hawaii because I missed my mommy . I had lived overseas prior to that for a few years and I was gone a total of five years and I wanted to go home. I'd live there again if I won the lotto because it's expensive. I'd only live there 6 months out of the year because it's far away.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Sigh.... Aloha oy...I could get jealous! Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." ~ Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
@julise (494)
• Indonesia
4 Mar 11
huahahahahaha^^ yeah, if its costume party. but too bad, never had one. those costume party i went was on Halloween.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Why not throw one? Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." ~ Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
4 Mar 11
Mardi Gras, just wore colorful clothes, mask, beads. There wasn't really a contest there. Sounds like you have a wonderful time with dressing up.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Doesn't have to be a contest; it's just another way to have fun, that's all. I've never been to Mardi Gras--& will never go, for religious reasons, but you can't beat the costumes, that's for sure! Hm! Spell check doesn't like Mardi Gras no matter how I spell it! Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." ~ Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Mar 11
Our Mardi Gras (French words for Fat Tuesday which your spell checker will like better although the French word order is actually Tuesday Fat, descriptions are after the item being described in that language)was a pot luck, costumes (optional), dancing, electing a King and Queen. My Mom had cancer, my Dad had had a triple bypass. They were elected King and Queen. They got to wear purple and gold big hats and sit on decorated chairs while their pictures were taken and they were put in the first annual M. G. picture album. Up here, it was our first Mardi Gras and since we're French and Acadian (but not Cajun) decent, it was fun. Sort of a "cabin fever break." I can see why they like it in Cajun land, party before the 40 days of lent.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
22 Mar 11
In a way, I like Mardi Gras the way it's done in New Orleans & Brazil; it looks like a lot of crazy fun, but at the same time, I'm glad I'm not live at those events, because they've become so dangerous, & there's so much immoral behavior associated with them now. But I feel safe watching the fun bits on TV! Your Mardi Gras sounds much safer & saner, though, & I think I'd enjoy that! Maggiepie "Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take you eyes off your goal." ~ Henry James
@GardenGerty (89996)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Mar 11
I have worn costumes in plays, and I have performed as a clown. Garden Gerty is my last clown perosna. It has been about ten years at least. Of course there was 'Tilda who had blue hair and long sparkly blue eyelashes. I like some of the ideas you described. Especially liked glow sticks wired in behind black cloth.
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@GardenGerty (89996)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Mar 11
LOL, I see I spelled persona wrong. only Gerty could be so simple. She is a simple and loving soul.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
7 Mar 11
I was only in one play--in junior high (middle school they call it now), & I played a silver-haired school dean. Literally silver haired. Silver spray paint! Took me weeks to get it out of my hair! I'll bet you'd be a great clown! Any photos you could share? Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." ~ Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
• Pamplona, Spain
22 Mar 11
Hiya MP, Poor old Elic´s Cat it must have taken quite a fright seeing that disguise of yours. You must have looked so good that´s why it ran off in such a hurry. The other week I dressed myself up as a Templarian Knight and it is a bought Costume as I don´t have a good hand for making those kind of things. Maybe I have good ideas for Costumes but not the know how which is different altogether. I looked okay actually and I took a few photos but I have not uploaded them anywhere yet as now I feel silly (grin). Have never entered into any Contest either there was never much of that kind of thing going in the School I went to.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
22 Mar 11
Her cat's name was Sab, & she was so beautiful, sweet, & intelligent! She really should put up a photo of here here, even though she's not with us any more... A lot of people liked that costume, because the way I designed them, they actually looked as if they grew straight out of my head! If I stood on my head, they still stayed put, too. It was Elic who actually made the horns, out of that professional paper mache stuff that comes in dry blocks, to which you add water & then shape. It has the consistency of mummy dust, so that's what we called it. We spray-painted the horns glossy black, & the wires ran under my very long hair, & were pinned to my head. If I ever find a photo of it, I'll get it up here. Wish I could see your costume. I love designing & making them, & have been in several contests. Elic's the same way, & she's won a prize or two. I like winning, but I do it even when there's no "reward" except for the fun! Maggiepie "Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take you eyes off your goal." ~ Henry James
• United States
5 Mar 11
I was never one to wear a costume outside of an occasion, but I usually like to wear them. I get really goofy costumes for Halloween most of the time. I remember one year I went dressed up in a karate robe and wore a mask called "Kung Fool". What a great night of candy and laughs...
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
7 Mar 11
You sound as though you have my bent sense of humor. I like that. Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." ~ Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
5 Mar 11
I went to New Orleans and dressed up as a vampire to take the Ghosts and Vampire tour. Does that count? I'm a big fan of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Scared myself silly, met a guy with FANGS that looked sooooo real. Yeah, we all like to be someone we're not once in awhile.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
7 Mar 11
I can't abide vampires, as the mere idea of drink... ulp... ing... blp...buh... bloo...scuse...oop! But a costume is a costume! So sure, it counts! Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." ~ Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
4 Mar 11
Well, both my wins were as The Doctor (Tom Baker's Doctor) at that! But I've been know to run around in one of my capes any old time.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
7 Mar 11
It may be just "The Doctor," but I don't know that many people who would perm their hair just to look authentic! And your capes--the way you wear them--are in a category all by themselves! Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." ~ Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
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