October 31, 2012

Ride of the Valkyrie

Halloween is Schuyler's favorite holiday. It's probably mine, too, even though I rarely dress up. (The infamous Year of the Chicken notwithstanding.) It's my favorite entirely because of the happiness it brings her. That may change as she gets older and becomes more aware of her otherness, and as she ages out of things like trick or treating. For now, we cling to Halloween, and look for ways to make it stay hers.

I can't say for certain why Schuyler loves Halloween so much. Probably for the obvious reasons. Free candy, running around with her oldest friend being weird in the street, staying up late, playing dress up, etc. I wonder sometimes if there's more to it, to the fact that on Halloween, Schuyler's weird disappears a little. When she becomes someone else, she lets go of who she is, of the circumstances in which she finds herself, even if just for a night.

Once she was old enough to choose her own costume, and after a few years of perhaps predictable fairy choices, Schuyler seems to have gravitated toward strong female characters, which of course makes me happy. The best was easily Amelia Earhart a few years ago, which she wore to the Texas Book Festival because my fancy pants authorness stepped all over her childhood. (Sorry.) And last year we had Medusa, of course.

This year, she had her big idea while we were watching the Met's production of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelungen, because yes, I have somehow raised a little opera nerd. (Don't worry, she still balances it out with Lady Gaga and the like.) So this year, I give you Brunhilde, the most badass of the Valkyries.

(Unseen in the photo: the hidden pouch for her iPod and its "Brunhilde Mix", consisting of lots of Wagner and the audio from the Warner Bros. "What's Opera, Doc?" cartoon.)

"Oh Bwunhilde, you're so wove-wy..."

"Yes, I know it. I can't help it."


Sabrina said...

Rock on, Schuyler! That costume is fantastic! :)

Happy Halloween!

Christine said...

I love all the strong women she is portraying with her Halloween costumes...that's awesome!! Hope you have a great Halloween, Schuyler!

KT said...

My alma mater, Converse College, is a tiny women's college with a strong School of Music. A few years ago, they selected a new mascot for their sports teams: they're now the Valkyries. And yes, they use "Ride of the Valkyries" when the teams are introduced. Schuyler would fit right in.

Tina said...

Wired magazine recently posted an interesting article on autistic kids and why they love being in costume -


Of course Schuyler is not autistic, but it's interesting insight. The "weird" kids just trying to blend in and be normal and accepted, alas.

Jamie Lea said...

That is just all kinds of awesome!

CarrieT said...

Terrific costume!! I always like her choices each year. Definitely not run of the mill. :-)

Carrie T.