Monday, November 14, 2011

Vampires & Slayers Costume Gallery

Let me tell you a little secret: I'm not usually a fan of Halloween parties. I've never thrown one - because I have no desire to compete with a multitude of parties - and I generally stress out about coming up with a costume. This probably seems strange to everyone who knows me, because I have more costumes than Weird Al Yankovic, and I get dressed up all the time.

The thing is, I love *theme* parties - I like being creative within parameters. Also, no offense to Halloween, but I find November to be infinitely more creepy than robust, pumpkin-ale-soaked, Indian-summery October. That's why for years I've been throwing a big November costume party. My guests have enough advance notice that their one costume can do double duty for Halloween parties and mine, and I get to create a fantastical, creepy world for all of us to inhabit. Also, if I'm lucky, I can swoop in and buy discounted Halloween overstock.

Vampires & Slayers was a great time. About half the people dressed up and half didn't. Here's a little photo gallery of my favorite costumes:

Dracula loves alternate-reality evil Willow
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, circa 1989
Vampires . . . slain!
Goth vampire-enthusiast
That's a vampire-slaying wand
Oh no! My steampunk-vampire mom just killed daddy!

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