We just came back from an afternoon Halloween party. There were prizes for Most Original, Best Disguise, and Best in Show. There were quite a few clever outfits equally divided between CCRC staff and residents. The one I liked best did not win. Perhaps we need another category called Most Authentic. A staff member had transformed herself into an excellent version of Dorothy Gale – pigtails, blue gingham pinafore and ruby slippers. She was cute. Toto must have been outside.
I will admit my prejudice right here. I am a huge fan of “The Wizard of Oz”. If the 1939 movie with Judy Garland (would have won an Oscar if not for “Gone with the Wind”) were all I had to go on, it would have been enough. From a cinematic viewpoint, the early use of Technicolor was brilliant. The song “Somewhere over the Rainbow” is now a forever classic. Dorothy’s poignant; “There’s no place like home” lends itself to a myriad of psychological discussions. I wanted her to stay in Oz. Her life back in Kansas was drab, she had a lot more friends in Oz, and she was a hero!
Then there were the books replete with strange characters and exciting adventures. From 1900 to 1920, L. Frank Baum wrote 14 full-length books in his Oz series. There were more books written in a later effort to keep this wonderful series going (much like the newer versions of James Bond books after Ian Fleming died). The most surprising book spawned might very well be that written by esteemed author Salman Rushdie.
The Wizard of Oz: An Appreciation (BFI, 1997). "When I first saw The Wizard of Oz it made a writer of me" states Salman Rushdie in this nifty little book … He moves from his childhood in Bombay, when he first saw The Wizard of Oz to the life of L. Frank Baum to how the technical effects were done….”
Well, there I go again on one of my well-known tangents. Back to the party! If was cheerful and fun. There was a lot of laughter and candy. Some of my fellow residents were very brave in their outlandish costumes.
We all wear costumes every day. I’m sure that the grey hair, wrinkles and bent backs are all costumes within which young people reside.