I was looking at cool things to do in October in Connecticut, and I stumbled across the Noah Webster Society's Historical Haunted Graveyard Tour. For approximately $15 (pre-paid ticket), you can get attend a 45 minute night time tour through a historical cemetery where actors dress and perform the lives and stories of those buried in the grounds. Living (dead) history. I like it. I was able to get all of my fashion friends in the same time slot and we agreed to attend as Gothic style in our outfits. Now this photo here is the one that the Noah Webster Society took for their social media accounts (with our permission). I absolutely adore the creativity that Eleanor and Sarah put into their outfits, combining their wigs and hairpieces to match their coordinates. Almira and Barbara stuck to basic black, but Almira looks more military lolita, while Barbara looks much more elegant gothic lolita. Colleen and I are representing some purple/lavender in our coordinates with prints that also are all graveyard or danse macabre themes.
Let's take a closer look at my coordinate. I actually got the jsk, shirt, translucent overskirt and waist belt as a set, that I ordered in JULY, and received in September. Yes, I'm just as shocked as you that I fit into the Large on this piece as the Chinese Indie Brand Ying Luo Fu can be hit or miss with sizing (they have some really fantastic designs though)! As my headpiece I bought a black veil with a purple and black rose/beaded section that happened to match this coordinate pretty well (even though the original item photos show either a woman in a witch hat or a black horned headband). My crossbody purse, the Book of Spells and Charms, is a piece I ordered from Hot Topic on my Birthday (also in JULY). It appeared to be back ordered and eventually arrived at my doorstep a week before our meetup. I'm wearing stargazer tights in navy from Snag Tights. (You honestly can't tell they are navy or see the stars). For shoes I'm wearing my trusty black textured heeled oxfords. If I was to redo this coordinate, I would have a poofier petticoat (which I have since acquired); but back then the only one I had was the one that fits well under my very first lolita dress, the Rose Stripe Bustle JSK...a much shorter "daily wear" a-line petticoat. If it had been poofier, you could have seen the design on the skirt much better. Other changes I might enact next time I wear this are to wear knee high socks that are black with silver accents. I would also wear a different pair of shoes. These oxfords are cute, but they're old and my feet were hurting from walking around in them (not fun if the meeting is all about walking around in the dark at night).
I absolutely loved the historical tour! One actor led you along the path while you witnessed the gruesome deaths or gossip of the time around the gravestones of different inhabitants of the graveyard. The actors circled around us, spoke to us as individuals, and wove in and out of our tour group. I would recommend this as an activity to anyone over the age of 10. Please don't bring anyone younger--it will definitely cause them distress. I would attend this event again!!
And whatever you do, start planning for your holiday coordinate at least 3 months in advance to ensure proper time to have the item ordered, made, and shipped (eventually) to your door.