Plan for Thrills (and Chills) for Halloween

Perhaps this magical pumpkin knows where the good costumes are.
Perhaps this magical pumpkin knows where the good costumes are.

By Alexa Day

Got your Halloween costume yet?

I know it’s still about six weeks away, but Halloween has a way of sneaking up on a girl. Every year, the mad rush for the good costumes comes earlier and earlier. If you don’t get your costume locked down, you can definitely end up wearing something regrettable (hello, sexy ear of corn) and thereby having a regrettable time at the annual Halloween party.

And there’s sure to be at least one party. Did I mention that Halloween is on a Saturday this year?

In an effort to jump-start my own holiday plans this year, I did a bit of online window shopping for costume ideas. The results are not terribly promising.

Sadly, there’s not an awful lot going on in the world of the prepackaged Halloween costume for women, unless you want to go out the night before November in a teeny, tiny outfit. I’ve been complaining about this for many years. I work an hourly day job. I can’t afford to have a cold. And so there’s no way I can go out wearing a big handkerchief for Halloween, even if I wanted to.

Beyond that, I continue to question the rationale behind some of these costumes. Sexy nurse. Sexy cop. Sexy referee.

Seriously, someone came up with sexy referee. This one comes with knee socks and a real whistle, though. Hmm. Let’s not cross that one off too quickly.

Now, no one understands more than I do that, on a night when we all get to pretend to be something else, there’s tremendous interest in pretending to be sexy if you don’t already feel sexy. I just wonder who equated sexy with scantily clad. Is it not possible to be sexy and also wear long pants? Can’t we be sexy and cover our midriffs?

Fortunately, there are exceptions. I did find an American Dream costume, a Cruella de Vil outfit that’s basically a coat, and this from the world of Frozen. And I’m really looking hard at this Darth Vader getup. So hope is not lost.

I can’t help but wonder, though … where are the sexy men’s costumes? Are they skimpy, too? They don’t all look like this very NSFW collection, do they?

Cool like a long walk in the woods. Click to preorder.
Cool like a long walk in the woods. Click to preorder.

While you’re pondering these weighty Halloween matters and maybe planning a protest for better men’s costumes, why don’t you have a look at Mysteries of the Macabre, an anthology of six Halloween-themed short stories? My sexy contribution, “Three, After Midnight,” tells the story of a widow, the handsome fellow she’s picked up for the night, and the husband she doesn’t get to see as often as she’d like. The other stories run the gamut from romance to horror, all sharing my favorite holiday as a common element. I’m so happy to be working with such talented folks!

Interested? It comes out tomorrow, but there’s nothing to stop you from hitting that preorder button right now.

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  • Post authorJanet Lee Nye

    My costume is going to be nurse. Not sexy nurse, but regular nurse at work. I wasn’t scheduled to work, but a coworker hooked me with her sad mommy eyes that she would miss her baby’s first Halloween and well, what do you say to that?

    But now I’m thinking about that sexy referee costume too. Maybe The Fella could be Dean in the Gym Teacher episode. I could add a pair of devil horns to my referee costume.

    Next year…files idea away.

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    • Post authorAlexa Day

      I don’t know where I’d be without all the little headbands and wigs I generally use to throw costume stuff together. They make things so much easier!

      Good thing Halloween is on a Saturday this year, right? I figure we should get two nights’ worth of festivities out of that — hopefully you’ll only have to work once!

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  • Post authormadeline iva

    Nice anthology cover! Darth Vader – Hooooooow interesting! Are there men out there who dream of meeting up with a mysterious Darth Vader lady and getting it on? I bet there are!!! My goodness. Though I’d be tempted by Cruella De Ville myself. Puppy coat aside, I’ve always loved her sense of style.

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    • Post authorAlexa Day

      I figure my chances as Vader are at least as good as they would be wearing that sexy ear of corn whatnot. Still, the idea of going out in a coat as part of the costume is pretty awesome!

      So many choices. 😉

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