Library Chat: What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?

Have you found a costume yet?

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 Resources 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. Coworkers 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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