It’s “Throwback Thursday” time again, peoples, and I start with a confession: Even speaking as a crossdresser, I don’t really have the urge to dress up for Halloween. The last time I recall dressing up intentionally for the holiday as a kid was when I was 12 years old, when I dressed up in one of my stepfather’s old shirts, donned an old hat, and went to a youth Halloween get together at our church as a hobo. (Yeah, Halloween at a church. A bit ironic, I know.) Since then, I’ve never had a major urge to dress up on Halloween solely because it’s the tradition to do so. Don’t get me wrong, it’s just that being a crossdresser means every day can feel like Halloween for me.
But that doesn’t mean that Allison hasn’t had her day in the sun, so to speak, on Halloween. Here’s proof:
I found this costume a few years earlier at an intimate wear shop that’s no longer in existence. When I bought it, I didn’t realize it was a costume; it was the shiny material and the lace-up front that attracted me. I didn’t realize until completing the purchase that (A) there were zigzag fringes and (B) a witch’s hat came with it (the clerk brought it out of the back room). But, hey, if I had some fantasy playing out in my mind for a photo session, this witch’s outfit would be perfect.
You’ll notice a few things. First off, this outfit is pretty skimpy. Well, it did come from an intimate outfit store. So, yes, you do see my pantyhose line. If that turns you off, I’m truly sorry; I do not mean to offend.
Also, my fingers are adorned with press-on nails and polish that isn’t quite red but still has that devilish vibe, and it also goes perfectly with this long red wig. (I thought I remembered what shade of red that nail polish was, and I thought I still had the bottle of it somewhere.) Plus, I paired the outfit with a trusty set of leather boots I had at the time (they’re no longer with me, sorry to say).
Oh, and the hat. As noted above, the witch’s hat came with the costume. And, yeah, that hat can bend every witch way (please forgive the pun). It also looks as if it’s sitting precariously on my head. Which leads me to note that I have another costume in my possession somewhere that also has a vinyl hat (polyvinyl can be a slippery material). For the life of me, that hat can’t seem to stay on when I’m also wearing a wig. Perhaps it’s my trying to keep my wig in perfect place while trying to put on that hat that makes a difference. If anyone reading this has advice on how to keep a hat and wig on your head at the same time, feel free to add it in the comments section below (many thanks to you in advance).
As you can obviously tell from the above photo, I took a few outdoor pics with this outfit on. No, if you’re wondering, I did not go any further than my back yard; I had no party plans on that particular Halloween evening (I’ve never been one of a Halloween party person anyway). But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have actual human interaction on this particular day. While at the tail end of taking these outdoor photos, the wife of my then-landlord was coming around the corner. I tried avoiding my gaze at her, hoping and pretending she didn’t see me. But she did, and apparently she didn’t think it was a big deal that some guy was in her property’s backyard dressed up as a witch. “It’s okay, don’t mind me,” she told me. I smiled to her silently and graciously as I snapped a couple more photos while she cleaned up brush and leaves about 50 feet away.
Feel free to check out more of my Halloween 2009 photos; they’re part of this Flickr album. Oh, you’re probably asking me right now, “So, Allison, are you dressing up for Halloween this year?” Well, let’s just say I have no plans to dress up for Halloween, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be dressing up on Halloween. *wink*