The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
While reading through all of the great stories about archives this month, I came to the conclusion that archives serve as inspiration for a variety of things—research, papers, and yes, even Halloween costumes. Though we have been focusing many of our blog posts on archival issues for Archives Month this October, I have decided to open up the collections to help out anyone who is still pondering what garb they will don to trick, treat, or party.
If anyone out there wants to dress like a First Lady, the archives are for you. From Martha to Michelle, here at the Smithsonian we have a host of images dedicated to these fine ladies and their gowns.
Who wouldn’t be afraid of a mad scientist hitting the town? Take some tips from Dr. Frederick True on how to look smart, yet scary. And do not forget a specimen, skeleton, or experiment makes the perfect accessory to science.
How about trying on one of these for size? This 17 ½ foot beard could transform you into either a bearded lady or a guy who does not like to shave. Either way people will be talking.
There is always the need for speed when you decide to dress as a race car driver fully loaded with car.
Though the gentleman here was actually a custodian, he could also pass as a smooth talking gangster. A pinstripe suite like that could take anyone back to the 1940s.
It is not easy being green, but if you are a risk taker you could put on a Muppet costume and see.
If none of these interest you, we also have some inspirational photos of explorers, historic figures, and zoo animals that might get your creative juices flowing. So enjoy scouring our archives for a little encouragement and have a Happy Halloween!