My friends, Deena and Joe, hosted a wonderful Halloween party at their beautiful townhouse in Old Town Alexandria. Here they are in their costumes, the Phantom of the Opera and his muse, Christine Daaé.
Besides nibbling on delicious snacks and drinking mulled cider, mulled wine or other libations, the point of the party was to attend in costume and then walk through Old Town Alexandria. Here is a link to an article about the event from the Alexandria Times. Apparently the city police close down South Lee Street and huge crowds promenade up and down the street in costumes, parents, children, pets–all dressed up and walking. Most of the homeowners on Lee Street stock about 1000 pieces of candy to accommodate the crowd.
Many of the people who attended the party know Joe and Deena through english country dancing lessons offered at Gadsby’s Tavern. Quite a few folks who take these classes have historic costumes and they many were strolling on Lee Street in full panoply. The lady in the lovely green gown was actually wearing a whalebone corset! Talk about historically accurate!
Now I was the other end of the extreme. I went as an anime girl, but none of the party folks knew what anime was so I told them I was a naughty catholic schoolgirl-short plaid skirt, white kneehighs, chunky black shoes, white blouse and pigtails! I also added a chainsaw and a biker jacket. Never let it be said I didn’t go all out or to excess. I think someone snapped some picutres of me and one of the guest who came dressed as a priest!