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Ghosts of Halloween Past and Future

Well it’s Halloween again, and despite the fact that it’s one of my most favorite holidays, I’ve opted to dress up in costumes at home this year rather than brave the cold chaos outside. My husband and I set up a photo studio in our apartment and took some pics of our impressive costumes. Here’s a few of them here:

Lilik models as an Underwear Terrorist

Me as Betty the Bedrudged

Last year I actually went to a Halloween party, the theme of which was Dictators & Natural Disasters. I ended up dressing up as a Dick Tator, and carrying around a suitcase full of hot tator tots ready to eat. Here’s the pic (unfortunately we didn’t set up the photo studio last year, so it’s not the best, but it’ll give you the idea, anyway :

Dick Tator

And then there’s next year… What might I dress up as next year? Here are a few ideas I’m pondering:

The Black Belt Sanitary Napkin

The Hula Dancer

Yip-Yips (with one other person)

Three Little Pigs & a Wolf (with 3 other people)

Giving Birth to a Husband Costume (?!)

Wow. I don’t think I can top that one. Impressive! And weird.

Happy Halloween to those of you celebrating!

Image Links

http://www.wtfcostumes.com/type/scary/index.php?page=5 (WTF Costumes)

http://www.hilariousheadlines.com/5-funny-halloween-costumes.html (5 Funny Halloween Costumes)

http://www.marthastewart.com/274618/your-best-halloween-costumes/@center/276965/halloween (Your Best Halloween Costumes)

http://listoftheday.blogspot.com/2011/10/effin-creepy-vintage-halloween-costumes.html (Effin’ Creepy Vintage Halloween Costumes of the Day)

http://www.coolest-party-ideas.com/halloween-costume-party-pictures.html (Coolest Halloween Costume Party Pictures)


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Death, hibernation, rebirth and growth

I’ve been meaning to write a post about death for the last couple of days. It just seems that death is everywhere right now. October, is all about death. Which is a good thing to put attention to once in a while, you know? A little ODE to DEATH. A little hello, how are you. A little acknowledgement that- oh yeah, death exists. Everywhere, all the time. Just as life exists, death exists too. And in October in particular this year, it seems to be significantly present.

First and foremost is the way the leaves on all the trees are dying. This is the time when free-spirtited, sunny, hot summer transitions to cold, intense, icy winter. Here are a few recent photos of the trees and dying leaves around my neighborhood:

The amazing thing about this time of year is that even though everything seems to be dying, it’s incredibly beautiful. There’s a change taking place in the environment that is not only visible externally, but also felt internally. I know that this time of year can be hard for a lot of people. It certainly has been for me- a lot of questioning, inner turmoil and struggle taking place. And yet… it seems like it’s a good thing, despite the fact that in moments it can be very challenging. Even though it’s just the beginning of a long, SNOWY winter. BUT- and there is a but- there is always rebirth on the other side. All those leaves will bloom again, things will grow back fresh and new, and we will appreciate it all once more as if discovering it for the first time. And that’s what I appreciate about changing seasons- it’s an opportunity to get in touch with a cycle within our own selves that reflects the environment around us- a cycle of death, hibernation, rebirth, and growth.

Other things about death this month- well obviously Halloween. It’s like suddenly everyone is obsessed with the morbid. Part of Halloween is about dressing up in something completely out of the ordinary, while the other part is about celebrating the imminent death that lurks behind every corner. Our own little ZOMBIE world. As a tribute, I’ve found a lovely zombie animation from vimeo:

zombie! by animation block

And then, of course, we can’t ignore the recent death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Obviously, this is a huge victory for the people of Libya who for 42 years suffered under a man who “warped his country with his idiosyncratic vision of autocratic rule.” (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/20/gadhafi-was-a-brutal-unpredictable-leader-killed-b/ Washington Times). I am very happy for this new (and surely challenging) phase in Libya’s history post-Gadhafi. And yet- is any death a celebration? There’s nothing wrong with fictionalized zombie movies and the imagination of horror, but when the real thing is played over and over on the television screen, no matter how important it is for so many people, there is an element of disturbance that goes with it. What if Gadhafi had lived, and had to pay for his atrocities in another way? Would not that have perhaps been even better? In the same way that the death of Osama Bin Laden was celebrated this past May, there is something fundamentally wrong with celebrating any person’s death, no matter how atrocious they were. I can’t say what is right or wrong in this situation, and I don’t in any way want to undermine the importance to the Libyan people in this moment of rebirth from a very long and dark period in their history. But… I wish there was another way to heal wounds besides death in this situation- it just seems like a never ending cycle.

In the end, it all comes  back to that cycle I described in the beginning of this post. A continuous cycle of death, hibernation, rebirth and growth. Internally, externally, and for people and communities all over the world. We can only hope for the best in every situation, and remember that death, in its essence, is meant to remind us of our own precious lives, and to be thankful for them. Perhaps the best death there is is the imagined death- the death that becomes a means of artistic exploration and acknowledges with a light heart that in the very end, despite everything, we’re all going to die.

How to artfully make your dog look like an idiot.

I think I’m more excited about dressing my adorable chihuahua Jay Jay up for Halloween this year than I am for myself. There’s just something about dressing a dog up in a silly costume that is absolutely HILARIOUS. And the funny thing is, I never thought I’d be much of a dog dresser until I had a dog of my own.

Jay Jay in his favorite mohawk hoodie sweatshirt.

I grew up with chihuahuas. And I was exposed from an early age to the art of dog dressing. Chihuahua dressing, in particular. My Mom was so good at dressing up our miniature chihuahuas Edna and Lucy and taking photos of them that she won several awards at the County Fair for them. Here are a few of her best dressed dog pics:

Edna Mae as Santa Claus.

Lucy Potter.

Lucy sporting her trendy gray hoodie!

If I ever were to make an Etsy or online craft business of my own, it would be a dog clothing business. Because dog clothing: 1) takes less fabric than regular people clothing, which means it costs less to make; 2) offers lots of room for creativity in finding all the many ways you can make your dog and other people’s dogs look ridiculous; and 3) can be sold for high prices. People are suckers for anything ‘dog’. I mean, come on, look at all the puppy calendars. Look at the dog bags. Look at the dog car stickers. Look at the dog psychics and dog masseuses. Look at everything ‘dog’, and then tell me that a dog clothing business is not a marketable endeavor. PLUS, look at the PRICES for dog paraphernalia. You can charge twice as much for a dog jacket as you can for a human one. And do you know why? Because there are way more human jackets than there are dog jackets in the world. In other words, the market is still in need of creative dog clothing innovators.

Anyway, in my search for dog Halloween costume ideas, here are a few memorable dog costume examples that I’ve discovered on the internet in the process:

The Star Wars Costume.

The Big-Eared Sailor.

The Teddy Bear.

The Michael Jackson.

The Dinosaur.

The Darth Vader.

The Clown.

The Scuba Diver.

The Incredible Hulk.

The Dog in Drag.

The Captain Hook.

The Grandma.

The Chia Pet!

The…. Lady in Braids. (poor dog!)

Have to stop.. posting dog costumes. I could do this all day! Now, to seek the most original costume idea for Jay Jay… What are some of your favorite dog costumes? Please share!!

Image Links

http://impressionphotography.com/ (My amazing mother’s photography website!)

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/10/07/at-at-dog-costume/ (AT-AT Dog Costume)

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/darling-diy-dog-costumes-258668 (Darling DIY Dog Costumes)

http://boisegoodnews.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/good-pet-costume-contest/ (Good pet costume contest!)

http://extrememichaeljackson.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/dogs-dressed-as-michael-jackson/ (Dogs Dressed as Michael Jackson)

http://i-brain-zombies.blogspot.com/2011/09/doggie-dinos.html (doggie dinos!)

http://candysdailydandy.blogspot.com/2010/05/snoop-jingle-jing.html (Snoop Jingle Jing)

http://www.family-vacation-getaways-at-los-angeles-theme-parks.com/Halloween-Costume-Prize-Winners.html (Halloween Costume Prize Winners)

http://catronfashion.com/Dog_Costumes.htm (Dog Costumes)

http://wiresmash.com/funny/very-cute-halloween-dog-costumes/ (Very Cute Halloween Dog Costumes)