Lots of time to get creative

OK, I love a good costume; I’ve worn a fairy godmother ball gown to work practically every day for six years. It is one of my ways to do the second half of my life’s credo, “the purpose of life is to make the world a better place and have fun while you do it,” as articulated by my daughter when she was 11 years old.  But this particular fun part is a socially acceptable option for everyone this month — not just for self-proclaimed fairy godmothers.

On a practical basis, you know that if you start thinking and planning now, weeks in advance of Halloween, you’ll have a much better, more creative costume and you’ll skip any frantic, last-minute stress at the end of the month.  And Halloween is on a Saturday this year which also, no doubt, increases the number of parties you can attend — woo hoo!

Even if you don’t usually dress up in costume, consider it this year. I’ve been reading a lot about resilience and happiness lately and one of my favorite authors, Joan Borysenko, says that playfulness and creativity lubricate the brain and create joy. Lately it seems to me that most of us could use an extra dose of light-hearted fun right now.

For this column, I asked a handful of folks to share their favorite costumes of days gone by — ones they had worn and ones they’d seen. I could feel their smiles in their e-mail replies. (Go ahead, think of your favorites, it’ll make you smile.) Here are some of the best to help you start thinking of something fun for yourself this year:

— A couple who came to a party as beds with mattress bodies and pillow heads.

— A Florida “snowbird” complete with blue eye shadow up to the eyebrows, huge yellow polyester pants stuffed with packing peanuts, a floral mumu top with a turban on her head.

— While in art school, a friend went as a No. 2 pencil with a pink eraser head.

— Four guys dressed as fruit in a giant pair of underwear.

— And my creative favorite, a fellow created a framed picture with a hole for his head and painted his face to fit into the painting’s landscape.

Steal an inspiration, cook up one of your own that reflects your unique fun style. You have weeks to prepare and I hope you have a blast all month doing it; maybe I’ll see you at a trick or treat party!

Terre Thomas owns the gift store Fairy Godmother in Calhoun Square and she and her family live in the Lyndale neighborhood. She can be reached at [email protected]