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dress up as Miss Havisham for Halloween


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I keep saying I’m going to do this, but I haven’t been able to find a wedding dress at a resale shop that’s cheap enough for a costume. My mother would – I’m sure – have a coronary if I used my wedding dress for it! I mean, the marriage didn’t last any time at all, but I looked damned good in that dress and don’t want to mess it up!

I’d love to find some pictures of people dressed up as Miss Havisham to get some ideas. 6 years ago

aborealis773Didn't Happen This Year

Unfortunately, we were too busy with trying to submit a piece of writing that we didn’t celebrate Halloween at all. I did go to Target for their after-Halloween sale and bought some cute Halloween socks, a shirt, and some melanin plates for my sisters, nieces and nephew. So everything will have to wait till next year.

This goal goes to the backburner for now. 7 years ago

aborealis773Not Joining the Hollywood Parade, but...

We won’t be going to the Hollywood Parade this year after all. It’s a bit too early in the week for my husband, plus we are scheduled to go to La Boheme the next night, so it may be a bit too much. But that won’t keep us from celebrating at home. I’m going to surprise my husband by wearing the costume anyways. I’m going to check out the old version of The Fly with Vincent Price and maybe the original Psycho, and we’ll have popcorn, chilled wine and a delicious dinner.

So this goal’s still on! 7 years ago

aborealis773Wedding Ring

I bought Miss Havisham a huge four-diamond ring today, to wear over the lacy gloves. It’s fun shopping for a character. I remembered that I have some necklaces that will suit her, but I saw an owl pendant with a clock face that I really wanted. I could take out the battery and set the time at the exact moment when she had been abandoned at the altar, but it cost thirteen dollars, too much for me to spend.

I still need to get her a purse, a bouquet of silk flowers, and makeup. 7 years ago

aborealis773Sheer Chance

Or luck. What gave me the idea to become Miss Havisham for Halloween happened just by chance. I was browsing in the goodwill store with my mom when I saw a rack of Halloween costumes. Most of them were for children but I saw a filmy white slip with lacy, balloon-like sleeves. It looked like a frock that tied together with a white ribbon in the front or the back, I couldn’t tell, but strangely something about it drew me. But it cost ten dollars, which I didn’t have to waste, since I’m not currently working. I reluctantly put it back because I couldn’t think about what I could do with it.

Then in the evening, while I was chatting with my husband about something unrelated, it occurred to me that I could be Miss Havisham. The character in “Great Expectations” who was left at the altar and who continued to wear her wedding dress and veil some thirty years after the fact.

At TJ Maxx, I found a short lacy slip and white bra to wear underneath. I have a veil from my wedding. My mother gave me a pair of lacy gloves she had brought over from Hong Kong when she was young. The costume’s almost complete. I need a pair of comfortable but feminine white shoes, some long strands of pearls, and costume makeup. 7 years ago

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