Getting my Halloween on…maybe

I have been invited to a Halloween party.  But it’s being held on October 22nd and mostly kid-focused.  The invitation only mentioned costumes as a sort of afterthought.  Maybe because they’re expected, and maybe because no adults will be wearing one.  I kinda want to wear a costume.  And I kinda don’t.  I don’t want to be the only one wearing a costume, and I don’t want to be uncomfortable in my costume for the duration of the party either.  So I’m not sure what to do.

Browsing through Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, I found a lovely costume–a unique, classic, literary costume that I would be delighted to wear.  If I knew that I wouldn’t be the only adult in costume.  And if I could pull it together with minimal financial outlay and crafty effort.  But I’m thinking about it, brainstorming, trying to psych myself up for it. 

Here it is:  the picture that started it all.

I love it!  I am a HUGE fan of Mary Poppins…although I must admit I’ve never read the books.  I love the movie and the musical (the only Broadway show I saw while in NYC a few years ago), and the idea of a magical, no-nonsense, nanny who is practically perfect in every way.  I have a skirt that will work, and a blouse, and a red bow tie, courtesy of a ten-minute speed sew by my mom.  I have black tights but no shoes that would be perfect, and I’d need to fashion a hat and borrow a black umbrella.  I’m excited just looking at the picture!  Giddy even.  But it may come to nothing, because if no other adults are dressing up, I won’t either.  Too bad I couldn’t arrive and blow the uncostumed masses back to their houses on a huge gust of wind….

Here are couple of other photos my Mary Poppins search turned up.  Love.

 images via here, here, here, and here.

Posted in books, life, movies, Uncategorized on 10/18/2011 07:51 pm


  1. I think it looks perfect for you but I also liked Farrah which was the other end of the spectrum. But, yes, go with it.


    This is a million times better than my Princess Leia costume…..

  3. Cool idea! I like the ‘best nanny ever’ too.

  4. Dress up like that, send the husband in to scout things out when you get there. If no one’s wearing costumes leave the hat, umbrella, and bow tie in the car and no one will know. Also take pictures.

  5. You simply MUST!
    It’s perfect. So perfect, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself! ;-D

  6. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    LOVE it. So classic.
    You need to dress up.

  7. Adorable costume; I’d say go for it! Maybe you’ll start a new trend–Mary Poppins-chic!

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