This is Halloween

October is by far my favorite month. I already love fall more than any other season, but October gets to claim the greatest holiday of all–Halloween. I write horror, so none of this is probably very surprising.

I still dress up. Since moving to Philly I’ve been a naughty schoolgirl, Jill Valentine (Resident Evil 3: Nemesis version), Lorena from True Blood, and Wonder Woman. As Wonder Woman, I won a costume contest and my prize was beer. So there. The two years that I didn’t dress up, I regretted it just like I knew I would. This year my boyfriend and I decided back in July to do something completely off the wall. He would be Princess Leia (Episode IV version), and I would be Chewbacca. I’ve tried my costume on, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to walk around in this thing. CUTEST CHEWBACCA EVER.

I have a lot of other costume ideas, but with Halloween only once a year, I might have to start cosplaying at Comic-Con. Next up is my long-planned-but-never-executed Dalek. I’ve also wanted to be Samara from The Ring, and the Woman in the Box from Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. That one is admittedly a bit obscure, so it’s really a matter of personal geekery.

So, what about you? What are your favorite costumes?

Published by Jennifer Loring

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Tales from the Lake vols. 1 and 4, Nightscript IV, Dim Shores Presents Volume 2, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Not All Monsters and Arterial Bloom, among many others. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in horror fiction and is currently working toward a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities & Culture, focusing on queer possibility in fairy tales. Jenn lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she and her husband are owned by a turtle and two basset hounds.

4 thoughts on “This is Halloween

  1. I’ve always wanted to dress as Josephine Baker and run around with a banana skirt on, but I’m too freaked out about my own body to do that anytime soon. I should have worn that costume in my 20s.

    My grandmother used to make my costumes when I was a kid. One year I went as the Queen of Sheba. I watched some big Cecil B. DeMille production and fell in love with the costuming.

    When I was a sophomore in college I dressed as Hester Prynne, which delighted one of my English professors. The next year I was in England and went in drag as a highwayman. So much fun. I wore face paint like Adam Ant and kept telling everyone to “stand and deliver!”

    Lane is going as Doctor Who this year, which makes my heart swell, and if I had the time and money to put the costume together, I would go as the TARDIS. I may be able to scrape something together. One of these year’s I’d like to dress as Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) and possibly DJ Lance from Yo Gabba Gabba. So many costume ideas, so few opportunities to wear them…


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