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Walk like an Egyptian

Here it is mid-September and I’m planning my Halloween costume already. Since I’m on the board for the IWC I’m not eligible to compete in their costume contest, so I don’t feel compelled to keep my idea secret.

I want to be a goddess.Preferably from a hot country. Egyptian royalty is god on earth so I can’t decide if I want to be pharaoh in the incarnation of Cleopatra or maybe Nefertiti.I’m not sure that Nefertiti counts in the pantheon but she is considered the most beautiful woman of all time by some people, so that gives her some big chops even if she isn’t actually divine. The actual costume is very simple, it’s the accruements that are going to give it panache.

Nefertiti doesn’t have hair, which means no wig so she gets points for that. The tall crown looks easy, adds height and is instantly recognizable.She would actually be the easiest. If someone mistakes me for Cleopatra, that’s okay too. It’s not like I need to be historically accurate or pass costume check.

I can get around the lack of long straight hair by making a vulture crown for Cleopatra. The downside would be explaining that it’s  a golden vulture not a turkey. Liz Taylor pulled it off. However, she is Elizabeth Taylor, she could probably wear a live turkey and still look glamorous. The photos of the  vulture crown seem little simpler than the one she has on in the photo, but that one is pretty cool, isn’t it?

I’m not sure about what her dress but then again, my goal won’t be to reproduce her costume. Whichever one I choose, I do know that the costume is going to be a simple shift dress.

The collar is what I am really excited about. Wandering around the bead store, I got the brilliant idea to just buy some plain wooden beads and dye them the right colors. I also have beads in my stash that will work. I’m thinking turquoise, orange (or red), lapis blue, ivory and gold beads.  Maybe some black too. I have to check the bead stash.

The idea of being Isis is pretty darn fun, because then I could have wings.I have always wanted to be something winged, but not a fairy. Fairies aren’t the sweet things that the Victorians made them out to be. Shakespeare had some pithy things to say about fairies. Isis gets that cool headdress of Hathor too. Cow horns and a sun disk seem more interesting than a throne on my head, which is her other traditional headdress Being Isis may require more explaining than I want to partake in. Plus she does have a lot of hair, which means a wig. And that headdress sure is a big thing to have balanced on my head. Maybe being a winged goddess wouldn’t be as fun as I originally thought.
When my kids were little, they had to settle on their costume ideas by October 1st. That rule was instigated when La Primera was La Única, she wanted to be a tarantula until the day before Halloween, when she decided that what she really wanted to be was a bat. Fortunately, turning a spider costume into a bat costume wasn’t that hard. Simply by tearing off the excess legs and adding a cape and telling her that she was now a bat.
Now that’s an idea! I could be a bat. Or maybe a poodle? Who wants to wear thrones or birds on their heads anyway?

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Pat Q, I never did, even as a kid. I liked the idea of candy corn, but never liked the taste.


  2. Shannon, fairies were not the cute and tender lovies we think that they are until the Victorian age. I guess they sanitized the fairy image along with putting covers on the “limbs” of furniture. LOL.
    I think maybe a scaled down headdress of Hator would be okay. But I do like the golden vulture crown a whole lot. I have time. I do my best work under pressure after all.

  3. Lady Cottington also had some interesting things to say about faeries in her book, Lady Cottington’s book of pressed faeries.

    Although the headdress might well become tedious over the course of the evening, I think Isis would be very different. And fun. The cow horns shouldn’t be too hard to come by in Mexico.

  4. Steve, I take that to mean you never were into Halloween at all. Halloween and Thanksgiving are my two favorite holidays. Except the candy corn, I hate the candy corn.

  5. I think I will simply be a grumpy retired American for Halloween.

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