It’s Halloween Eve and I hope you’re putting the final touches on your costumes for trick-or-treating. Gretel already has her costume ready for tomorrow night.
As I looked through my photo albums, I didn’t find one Halloween picture of me as a child. I guess cheap, store-bought costumes were not photo worthy.
The first picture I found was from Halloween 1986 at Club Rumors (or Club DV8) in Paducah, Kentucky. It was the first time I dressed up in drag and I was so proud of my JC Penney dress and pumps. And, for hair and make-up, my dearly departed friend, Raven Smith dolled me up!
While working as a server and bartender for Ruby Tuesday in Paducah, Kentucky, in 1988, I butched it up a little over the Halloween two years earlier. Now, either I’m really showing my age these days or I looked exceptionally young as a 24-year-old because both Ray and my sister, Tammy, commented on how young I look in this picture.
This reminds me of a monologue from “Torch Song Trilogy” from Harvey Fierstein’s Arnold (Anita Mann): “I think my biggest problem is being young and beautiful. It’s my biggest problem because I’ve never been young and beautiful. Oh, I’ve been beautiful, and God knows I’ve been young, but never the twain have met. LOL!
My next Halloween dress-up was in Chicago in 1995 when I went out to party at Charlie’s. Interestingly, my confidence increased and the dress length decreased from almost ten years earlier.
My next public dress-up for Halloween came in 2002 at Roscoe’s in Chicago. As I was preparing my outfit for the night as a pasty-white geisha girl, Miss ABBA was so intrigued. As a 2-year-old puppy, she wondered why she couldn’t have the nerf balls that were used that night as boobs.
And, finally, the last time I dressed up for Halloween was two years ago, when Ray, Gretel, ABBA, and I hosted our own “Monster Ball”. In honor of Lady Gaga, since we borrowed the name of our party from her, I dressed as Gaga from a past MTV VMA appearance. No, it wasn’t the meat dress, although that would have clever (and gross).
But, when you live and party in the big city (Chicago), you don’t need it to be Halloween to play dress up.
These two pictures are from uniform night and a 1950s night at Charlie’s.
And, these final ones from three shows in which I performed at Charlie’s in Chicago as my idol, Reba McEntire in late 1995 and early 1996. The first was a customer appreciation show from the employees and the second was for a pediatric AIDS benefit. The third was just for fun — a going-away party for me.
This Halloween, I was going to dress up as a zombie. However, I ran out of time (or got lazy) and decided that I’ll just eat some of Gretel’s candy!