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Considering Your Costume Choices?

People enjoy Evengeline’s Costume Mansion in Sacramento year round, but I’d bet it’s packed today, the day before Halloween.  You might be planning to wear a sexy costume like the mannequin pictured here.

The new Marsha ???

The new Marsha ???  I photoshopped her arm joint seams, but she still looks rather … dead.

My husband, Einstein’s look-alike, wants to dress as Father Guido Sarducci. Good choice for him, don’t you think?

Father-Guido

People don costumes for many reasons year-long, and sometimes we copy them for Halloween. Here are a few costumes I’ve seen in my travels. In Hawaii we accidentally toured a park during a religious building dedication. Participants in the ceremony wore native costumes. Native dress for the men included tattoos.

I got a little shaky taking this picture. hahaha I had my zoom extended out to 270 mm, and I was in too much of a hurry! hahaha

~~~~ I got a little shaky taking this picture. I had my zoom extended out to 270 mm.  You would have shaken too!

The girls that sang had their costumes wrapped around them.  It reminded me of a church play, where the church costume designer didn’t really go all out with the costumes, but the cute factor was still there.

The women didn't get as into the total costume as the young man did. Does it look like he's glaring at me?

The women didn’t get as into the total costume as the young man did. Does it look like he’s glaring at me?  It was a very solemn ceremony.

Performers wear costumes on stage year-round, not just for Halloween.  Trick or treaters may buy costumes like these , but nothing matches the storytelling, grace and beauty of the Hawaiian dancer.

Luau Kalamaku in Kauai

Mexican folklorico dancers wear colorful dresses with circular ruffled skirts which they swing and raise to show off their legs as they do tap dance-like percussive steps called zapateados.

2013 CCSS Folklorico Dancers

Different street dancers in wide assortments of costumes entertain daily passersby in large cities like these we saw in San Francisco.  Dancers from Thailand depict combat with short and long sticks. Agile dancers, as short stick fighters do, stay close to their opponents. The teut-teung drum keeps the beat during the energetic dance.

SF Thai Dancer229

Do you have your costume picked out for tomorrow? Hope you have a Happy Halloween and don’t get too scared!

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  1. This comment came from my friend Leslie Smith on FB, and I think it brings up an important discussion about costumes. Morning Marsha! Miss you. The Hawaiian and Mexican clothing aren’t consumes. They’re traditional dress. The draping of the women’s clothing in the Hawaiian ceremony is reflective of the differences in men’s and women’s dress. Traditionally the women were frequently topless but with the coming of the mission site to Hawaii that slowly changed so dress changed to differing degrees to comply with colonial norms.

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  2. Marsha, this is an excellent post. While I love ALL the pictures and colorful costumes (and their real importance as traditional dress), I’m still smiling at (and applauding) Father Guido Sarducci.

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