Saturday, September 22, 2007

What I'm Making For Hallowe'en

For those of you who haven't seen "Time Bandits", here is my inspiration for Rich's costume that I'm making. I LOVED this design. I thought it was so well thought out. It's as if they were saying the Minotaur wasn't a REAL beast, but a symbolic one. It was just a persona of a great warrior, and he wore the head of a sacrificial bull on his own head. I noticed though....that somewhere in the film-making, it seems someone changed their mind....and they made the flesh hanging from the bull's head fresh with blood. Then, after Agamemnon, (Sean Connery), slays the Minotaur, he takes the head/mask which is accompanied by a ripping sound ....and the remaining shots of the warrior on the ground are angled so that we see no trace of his head.
Anyway, if I had a digital camera I could post my progress immediately.......but I'll get my film developed soon and show off what I've finished so far!

Monday, September 10, 2007

More Ghosts of Costumes Past

Okay, these aren't from the 70's, they're 80's photos, but they're just as scary. I don't know what I was supposed to be. Some sort of KISS inspired alien. I was 18 years old and I went to some party a bar if I remember correctly.You can tell it was the 80's by the belt I was wearing. Remember those? And the ankle boots my friend liked to refer to as "Peter Pan Puddle Jumpers". The most impressive thing about the costume is that I actually took crystals from an old chandelier and made them into earrings! They were HEAVY! And the necklace was the exact same one I wore when my sister and I were dressed as cats. (It belonged to my Mom, and it's long gone now.)
Here's a later photo taken when I worked at Loomis and Toles, the art supply company. They always had inventory on Hallowe'en, which really pissed me off, but I got dressed to go to a party right after. I was supposed to be a cave-woman. I sewed all the rabbit skins together by hand, and frizzed my hair out by sleeping in tiny braids the night before. I don't think crimping irons were available yet....because I would have killed for one of those!
Boy, I actually thought I was fat back then. I can only WISH my body was in that shape again.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Ghost of Hallowe'en Costumes Past!!!

Here are some scary photos from my distant past. I happened to find a site, which I now have linked to my blog under the heading of Ugly Old Hallowe'en Costumes, which contains tons of images of those horrid, cheap plastic costumes we poor kids of the 70's were forced to tolerate every Hallowe'en. Well not me! I only remember wearing ONE, and it was Little Red Riding Hood. It was most likely purchased at "Woolco" at Agincourt Mall! Here is a photo of me wearing only the plastic "apron" part of it along with a red woolen ski hat, because my Mom knew the mask was nearly impossible to see through, and it looked stupid......and it smelled funny.
That's me, behind the other kids....looking mildly sulky.
I have to laugh at the ingenuity of the kid dressed as a pirate's parents for colouring in a piece of paper to make it "black", so he could have a proper eye patch! He also had a cardboard sword covered in tin-foil. I was probably jealous.Here's what my Mom used to do for us. She would take two socks, cut them a certain way, then sew them back together again forming a little "cat" hood. She'd put a cotton ball in the heels of the old socks, and BEHOLD! Cat ears. This is me on the left in white, and my sister in black on the right. We were probably around 8 years old. (She was the "man" because she was taller.)
Here I am using the same sock cat hood AGAIN! Our Mom liked to recycle.
Here's me again trying to be a Hobo. That was always such a cheap cop-out. A hobo. I decided to use an empty booze bottle and put water in it and put it in a paper bag. Ah.....authenticity.
I think the scariest thing about THIS photo is the hideous orange curtains we had in our house!
Here's another pretty scary home-made costume. Scary because I had a really bad perm, and I had NO IDEA how to apply eye-liner. I also used almost an entire cake of white eyeshadow on my face too. I'm also wearing a turtleneck ! Now THAT'S scary. This photo was taken the LAST year I went Trick or Treating. I had just turned 12, and my parents thought I was too old for that stuff.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Last Year's Costumes

Here are last year's costumes. I took a shortcut, and used store bought costumes and embellished them. My son was "The Grim Reaper" and my daughter was a Mermaid. The Reaper was a cheap, black nylon robe and dollar store plastic scythe, with strips of leather fringe tied near the top. I did his make-up with just a black eyeliner pencil and white face make-up.
The Mermaid was a "Barbie" mermaid dress which I ripped the badly made sleeves off ( she couldn't get her arms into them), and replaced with pink bra straps. I also sewed some applique sea shells and fish onto the front and embellished a blue wig with cowrie shells, fake pearls and beads. I bought the tiara in Chinatown. I don't know why my daughter insisted on carrying a "magic wand"...but whatever. Little girls love magic wands. I also put some lipstick and eye shadow on her of my own. She insisted that "Mermaids always wear lipstick!"
Oh well, that's it for this post!