Marie Antoinette Cotton Candy Wig – My Very First Grown-up Halloween

I’ve been super-busy, which is why I haven’t posted in about a month.  Work at Castle in the Air has been a ton of fun, but we have been gearing up for the holiday season, and nobody does the holidays like Castle!

For today I thought I’d share with you what I did for Halloween.  I had to work that day, and given all the wild creativity at my workplace, I decided to go over the top for Halloween.  Believe it or not, this is just my second Halloween costume ever!  As a kid I dressed up for only one Halloween, and that was as a clown.  My mom made me my costume.  I’ve never dressed up for Halloween as an adult, even when I was working at my corporate job, where seemingly everyone was really into it.  But I thought I’d give it a go this Halloween by wearing a wig based on a dessert served at an L.A. restaurant, Barton G.  (You can see it here).  They serve cotton candy done up in the shape of Marie Antoinette’s hairstyle, served on the head of a plastic bust.  With the help of the unbelievably talented John McRae – the artist in residence at Castle – who came up with the basic structure, I made my wig, using pink wool roving for the cotton candy.

Me in my Halloween Marie Antoinette cotton candy wig

Me in my Halloween Marie Antoinette cotton candy wig


The base of the wig was poly fiber fill that I shaped into the hairstyle, glued onto some buckram that John help me form and mold onto a styrofoam head.  I wrapped the fiber fill in tulle, pinning it down with some florist pins.  The tulle acted like plastic wrap to hold the loose fiber fill in place.

Poly fiber fill base for Marie Antoinette cotton candy wig

Poly fiber fill base for Marie Antoinette cotton candy wig

(I had to glue my styrofoam head onto a cardboard box to keep it from toppling over as I worked on my wig – lol!)

I worked on my headdress the week prior to Halloween.  When I was finally finished with it, I felt it was way over the top for me, just because I had never done anything like this before.  I likened it to having long hair and suddenly cutting it really short.  I tend to be understated in my style, so putting this wig on was sure to garner attention – attention that I wasn’t used to.  But I decided to just go for it, especially after putting in all that work on my wig.  Plus, when and where else could I get away with it, but on Halloween at Castle in the Air.  I got used to it quick enough and found that the wig blocked out my peripheral vision, so that I could hide behind it.  A few people even took my picture because they thought my wig was so cool, and I got a few laughs because it was so over the top.

All the vendors on Fourth Street in Berkeley, where Castle in the Air is located, handed out candy to all the kiddies.  It’s an annual tradition.  Initially two of my fellow co-workers, Madeleine and Bethany, handed out the candy, but I ended up taking over the duty.  It was a blast handing out candy to all the eager kids parading through the street.

It was the most fun Halloween I’ve ever had.  I am already thinking about my next Halloween get-up!

What did you do for Halloween?




About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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