I’ve never quite got Hallowe’en. I put that down to being born in England, where we celebrated Guy Fawkes night, a celebration of a failed attempt to blow up parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605
Elsewhere in the UK, certainly here in Scotland or across the sea in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Hallowe’en, the night before All Hallows/All Saints, prevail as the primary celebration of that week. It’s also closely aligned with the Gaelic/Celtic festival of Samhain.
Hallowe’en is also huge in north America while it’s celebrated in places like Mexico as Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead.
When I say I don’t get it, of course I understand it. It’s just that not having grown up in a culture where it was celebrated, I don’t readily identify with it, although that has changed since I was a child, with England increasingly celebrating it (more for commercial reasons and shifting turnip lanterns and other seasonal tat).
And of course Hallowe’en is huge in Second Life with many sims bedecked with pumpkins and the like. Add in a splash of autumnal colour and it becomes one of the most photogenic times of the SL year.
If Hallowe’en is your thing, there’s plenty of outfit choice to be had on a dollarbie/free basis. Below, I’m wearing a Hallowe’en outfit from Brii Underground, worn to one of Howie’s irregular naturist soirees. This year it started off as a clothing optional event, provided the clothing had a Hallowe’en theme, but hey, we’re all naturists who are invited to his events, so we inevitably ended up nude in his pool at midnight anyway, watching a firework display he arranged.
Lydia and SLN photographer Harry picked up free ‘witch’ and ‘witch hunter’ outfits available at Blue Moon Enterprises (L$0, no group join fee) although Harry doesn’t appear to be doing much witch-hunting here, and appears to be more under Lydia’s spell! 🙂
Jenny and Hank had picked up pumpkin heads to wear in acknowledgement of the Naked Pumpkin run, a long standing Hallowe’en event in the US (see photos above and below). These are a free gift at Kaju at the Darkness Monthly Event.
We’ve extensively covered the Naked Pumpkin run before at SLN, Pookes reporting on it in 2012, with two blog entries on our own SL version of it. The real life version was blogged, again by Pookes, in 2014.
I have to say that the accessories for SL’s pumpkin run have vastly improved in the past five years!
I didn’t get the chance to ask her dancing partner where he got his minimalist outfit. Watch out you don’t burn the burgers!
Naturist blogger/youtuber Christine presents her countdown to Halloween 2017!
What I will talk about, instead, is the type of photography used to portray it. Above are a selection of images of ‘witches’, always done in some sort of stylised, sexual form. It’s sexualising women in a specific way, in much the same way that ‘mysterious’ women are generally sexualised. Think nuns…Muslim ladies…and the slightly mysterious world of witches. ‘Fair game for portrayal as sexualised women’ appears to be the general train of ‘thought’. I’ll probably revisit this train of thought in a subsequent post, but I’ll leave it for now. Back to Howie’s clothing optional Hallowe’en party.
Barbara’s outfit evntually gets discarded as she hits the pool with friends. Anna hits the pool in a rather strange ‘clown’ mask. A lady in a batman/batgirl mask chats with another guest beside the pool
While I don’t really do Hallowe’en, just remember there’s a stack of freebie outfits out there, and you can dress up as naturist/textile as you like to be at whatever Hallowe’en parties are going on in your SL.
I’ll be blogging a further gallery from Howie’s Hallowe’en soiree in due course, but I wanted to post the links to a few outfits in advance of the day itself.