Last week I blogged about the perils of a pirate-themed party, and here for your viewing pleasure are photos from the event.
I attempted to keep my costume under wraps until the big day, but there was a (Wiki)leak and somehow everyone knew what I, and my group, were going as about a week beforehand.
As you can see from these photos, our group drew inspiration from J.M. Barrie, Disney and Steven Spielberg and went as the Peter Pan clan, consisting of Captain Hook (our one tie to the pirate theme) and Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, the Crocodile, Lost Boys Rufio (from Hook) and Nibs, Tiger Lily and a mermaid. We were hoping to take out best costume, but seeing as we didn’t have the resources to build a paper mâ che boat (which the winning team did, evidently), we won an honourable mention.
My friend Laura (who went as Wendy) came up with the idea, though we joke about how I stole it and claimed it as my own. I originally wanted to go as Tinkerbell, as she and Wendy are the only two immediately recognisable female characters in the story, but you’ll see from the pictures that Zoe, who we went with as Tink, makes a perfect one.
So that left me without a character and the reality of resorting to unoriginal wench-dom for my costume.
However, just after Halloween, I was reading all these articles about the holiday being an excuse to get your kit off, celebrate being straight, and being a racist in disguise. Or rather, a racist in a racist costume, as this Gawker article points to:
“… When the entirety of your costume is ‘I am a person of a different race, LOL,’ that qualifies as a racist costume… Possible exception: You are going in a large group that includes Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tinkerbell. Then you’re a specific person, Tiger Lily! Just make sure you do not lose sight of the group, and be aware that seducing a men dressed as cowboys will be misconstrued.”
(What about seducing men dressed as Jack Sparrow?)
Being of Native American descent on my dad’s side, I thought going as Tiger Lily would be the perfect mix of originality, Peter Pan tie-in and not-racism. Triple win!
It turns out I was right, as I was the only Native American princess on the night, and while there were other Tinkerbell’s and Hook’s, none compared to our fantastically quirky ensemble.
Another shout out to Zoe, who fashioned this fantastic artwork of our group. The result—both in person and on paper—was incomparable!
Tinkerbell loves the Hook.
A sea of pirates waiting tentatively for the best dressed announcement.
I overheard a lot of party-goers whispering about what the hell “that guy in the white suit” (his name’s Callum, thankyou very much!) was. Hello?! He’s the Lost Boy Nibs. Duh!
I believe I may have said something about there being an abundance of “Jack Sparrow-wannabe’s but could-never-be’s”… I take that back! In fact, there were several Captain Sparrow’s that could give Johnny Depp a run for his money… ;).
Well it’s not racist if you’re of that race, right… Right?
Naww, typical maternal Wendy looking after the worse for wear Nibs.
What do you think of my mad Perez Hilton-esque, degrading annotations on compromising photos skills?
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] ’Tis the Season…
[Gawker] Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?
[Musings of an Inappropriate Woman] Attractive = Hot = Not Much Clothing On.
[Rabbit White] In Defence of Slut-O-Ween.
[Rabbit White] Defence of Slut-O-Ween: Straight People’s Pride?
[The Stranger] Happy Heteroween.
[The Early Bird Catches the Worm] The Witching Hour: Halloween/My Birthday at Witches in Britches Cabaret.