What Are You Going to Be?

I was wondering. What are you going to be for Halloween? Most years I try to come up with a costume to wear to work. Most recently, I’ve been a witch, a clown, and a cowgirl. My grandchildren always ask what I’m going to be, but it’s a surprise until I show up at their door.

Having recently watched with great interest all four seasons of “The Tudors,” I would like to dress in the finery of Anne Boleyn, wearing a beautiful ball gown and flashing beautiful jewels. But, alas, I do not have the svelte figure necessary to carry that one off, nor the gown, nor the jewels! And considering the demise of Anne Boleyn, it might be a jinx on my longevity!

The costume will have to be something simple, something I can rustle up from closets and dresser drawers at home. But I will get some help from my Washington County Library.

These are just a few examples of titles I found using the Library’s catalog:

“Halloween Costumes” (Singer Sewing Reference Library)
“Creative Costumes & Halloween Décor: 50 Projects to Sew & Craft”
“The Halloween Handbook: 447 Costumes” by Clark
“A Halloween How-To: Costumes, Parties, Decorations, and Destinations” by Bannatyne

And don’t forget magazine articles. The Library’s Electronic References contain a treasure trove of information — available from a library location or remotely.

So? What will you wear? If you haven’t put on a costume in years, do it. Co-workers will smile, grocery store clerks will laugh, bankers will chuckle when they see you! People who never talk to you will say hello and start up a conversation. Makes my day!

Library Woman is Joey Halbach, Community Relations Librarian for Washington County Library. Contact her at: joey.halbach@co.washington.mn.us

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