Last weekend, I went to a Harry Potter Party.
Yes, it was exactly how you can imagine it was, except way effing better because there is absolutely no way possible for you to really comprehend the awesomeness of what transpired without having been there yourself.
The hostess of this party (I’ve talked about her photography before–the above picture is from her) and her boyfriend went above and beyond what you could ever expect from a typical Halloween party. Moaning Myrtle was in the toilet. There were candles floating above the kitchen. The Fat Lady sat at the entrance to the Gryffindor common room, where Sirius Black was in the fireplace.
Pay close attention to the photograph above, you’ll notice all the pictures on the wall are Harry Potter themed. Everyone was in costume. You’ll see myself as Ginny, my husband as Harry, the host and hostess and Voldemort and Bellatrix, as well as Lupin, Tonks, Snape, Rita Skeeter, Trelawney, and Hermione. A few zombies also stopped by, as well as Fry and Leela from Futurama.
Oh, and Butterbeer is delicious.
ANYWAY, this party was so much fun, it made me stop and think of a few more literary sources for potential Halloween parties and costumes. Here are a few of my ideas…
Lord of the Rings.
One word: costumes. Can you imaging how awesome everyone would look dressed as elves, orcs, and hobbits? Even better, imagine all the drinking contests between dwarves and the men getting more or less destroyed by every party involved.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Get everyone to dress up as aliens, confused humans holding towels, and depressed androids, and you’ve got yourself a pretty exciting party. You shouldn’t forget the dolphins and the mice, as well as the number forty-two pasted everywhere you think people may question the meaning of life (aka, the bathroom).
Game of Thrones.
Like Lord of the Rings, but with more direwolves and dragons. You can have so much fun with medieval costume and design, it’s ridiculous. You may want to be careful about the nudity, though, especially if young children are invited, and try not to let anyone die, okay? Oh, and even at a Game of Thrones Halloween party, it’s weird to do a “couples costume” with your attractive sister.
The Difference Engine.
Really, any Steampunk-themed novel will work. Cogs, clocks, and goggles are a must, as well as Victorian dress and hoity-toity English accents. There should be a lot of classism and judgement, as well as the random commentary on how technology is ruining nature. Keep in mind, just because this is a Victorian setting doesn’t mean you need to keep to boring, British foods. Cut a pizza into the shape of a gear and call it good.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
How much more “Halloween-y” can it get? The name even has the word “grim” in it! Find your favorite Grimm’s Fairy Tale, the more gruesome the better, and get your costume together. For example, you can go as pregnant-and-bald Rapunzel while your significant other goes as her thorn-blinded prince–or as the evil stepsisters from Cinderella with their toes cut off!
Hmm… I think I’m going to have to try one of these…
Happy Halloween, everyone!