Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Masquerade Ball

Truman Capote's Masquerade Ball was the event of the season

In a time long ago and a land faraway there was Halloween entertainment for adults. We all know about trick or treating for kids and most of us have experienced it first hand, but how many of us can say we’ve experienced a true adult Halloween ball? When I was a little kid there were events called Masquerade Balls. They were held on Halloween and attended by adults. The tricky part was no adults wore costumes.

Famous people like Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra attended

Masquerade Balls were dignified affairs. You wore your best evening wear, shiniest jewels and had your makeup and hair done by a professional. Your only form of a costume was a half mask a la Lone Ranger. These balls were attended by many of the rich and famous. They were glamorous affairs and this is probably why Cinderella and her evil stepsisters wanted to go so badly. Who wouldn’t want to go to a glamorous affair and get dressed up in a ball gown?

Now we get this from celebrities

Nowadays Halloween parties for adults seem more like drunken college bashes. Everyone wears a costume and if you happen to be rich or famous your costume was constructed by a prop master who works in Hollywood. There is lots of food and beer and everyone stands around and marvels at the costumes. Some get accolades for inventiveness and others get slammed for being politically incorrect.

These are the options for women, at least she has pants

I wish we could go back to the old days of Masquerade Balls so I would have an opportunity to wear a ball gown. I really don’t want to dress like a sexy nurse or some other trollop because I’m really not that uninhibited. I do know that I could look awesome in a beautiful dress wearing lovely jewelry. Besides the half mask would hide the circles under my eyes and highlight my diamond earrings. It’s a win win situation.

An antique from a more elegant time

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