Posted by Julie at Oct 31, 2012 6:19 am
The two of us have been friends for more than fifteen years. So it was no big surprise when we realized we both had final books in a series out in the same
month. Not only that, but they’re both set in the world of reality TV. In celebration, we decided to embark on a blog tour during the months of October
and November. We are so excited to spend Halloween with the Plot Monkeys!
Kathy Garbera: Who all is dressing up for Halloween?
Nancy Robards Thompson: We’re not going to a party this year, but I will probably don my witch hat when I greet the trick or treaters.
KG: I’m going to be in my usual costume, suburban mom.
NRT: A couple of years ago, I read an article that said Halloween gives people a chance to either dress up as someone they admire and want to be like or a person
they don’t care for and therefore want to ridicule.
KG: That makes sense. What else did the article say?
NRT: It went on to talk about different types of costumes and how costume choice gives a bit of insight into the person’s personality.
KG: This is interesting, Nanc, what do the different costumes mean?
NRT: Here’s what they suggested:
Trendy celebrity costumes are rooted in popular culture. People may simply wish to display a knowledge of current events or share their interests. Or they may wear them because they express personality traits or social issues that are associated with the celebrityâ€™s image.
Generally, animals represent strength, basic personality traits: cats are sensual, purring, soft creatures. Because animals symbolize certain traits or attributes in myth as well as popular culture (such as strength, loyalty, grace, independence, cunning, transcendence), an animal costume may represent some real aspect of a
Comical costumes represent a person’s willingness to let go and have fun. They imply that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Although, it strikes me that if
a person is willing to dress up in ANY costume they probably don’t take themselves too seriously the other days of the year.
KG: True. So, does that mean that sexy characters French maids, naughty nurses or a Playboy bunny can represent oneâ€™s own sexuality?
NRT: Right! Or it can give those who are a bit more conservative a chance to vamp it up for a night.
KG: Then I would also guess that sweet costumes like fairies or princesses represent purity or beauty, or a return to a harmless ideal time.
NRT: That makes a lot of sense. The other side of that coin would be scary costumes… Maybe that’s a way for people to safely express their darker side?
KG: Or confront the things that scare them.
NRT: Did I mention that my witch hat is a GOOD WITCH hat?
KG: What? Like Glenda the Good Witch?
NRT: Well… maybe I should cover it in glitter before the kids start knocking on the door.
KG: Are you saying you you’re afraid to confront you darker side?
NRT: That’s a loaded question, Kathy. What would your ideal costume be? The one that best describes your personality?
KG: Don’t think I didn’t notice you changing the subject there. For me the perfect costume is something fancy like a dress Marie Antoinette would wear
complete with powdered wig and lots of make-up. How about you, Nanc?
NRT: One of my favorite Halloweens was when my family and I dressed up as the characters from the Wizard of Oz. We made our costumes. Our daughter, who was just three at the time, was Dorothy; my husband was the Tin Man; my grandma was the Lion; my dad was a lollypop kid; my step-mom, who was the best sport in the entire world, volunteered to be the Wicked Witch. The witch hat I’m wearing tonight was part of her Wizard of Oz costume. So, you see it is a good witch hat. I was the Scarecrow in our ensemble cast. So, I guess I usually stick to the happier, lighter costumes: flapper, flower child, Renaissance queen, scarecrow.
KG: Didn’t Charlie Brown’s Lucy say that your costume choice represents the opposite of your personality?
NRT: And what are you suggesting, Kathy?
KG: I was just about to suggest that everyone here tell us whether they’re dressing up in costume this year. If so, what will you be and do you think it says
something about your personality? Or tell us about a favorite costume from Halloweens past. We will select one person who posts to win a $15 electronic
Amazon gift card.
Nancy Robards Thompson’s series, Celebrations, Inc. (and its books TEXAS WEDDING (Sept. 2012), TEXAS MAGIC (Oct. 2012)and TEXAS CHRISTMAS
(Nov. 2012)) is set around a reality television show called “Catering to Dallas.” It highlights the ins and outs of the Celebrations, Inc. catering company. The third book in that series, TEXAS CHRISTMAS is available November 1.
Katherine Garbera’s series, Matchmakers, Inc. is set around a reality TV show called Sexy & Single. Wealthy bachelors and bachelorettes go to Matchmakers,
Inc. to be matched and then they go on six dates which are televised. The third book in that series, CALLING ALL THE SHOTS is available November 1.