So you may be wondering why I have a picture of a little girl dressed up in a Hello Kitty costume. The answer is twofold. This was the same costume that my daughter wore for Halloween when she was only two years old. I specifically remember it, because she could walk on her own already, and she was talking, albeit like a toddler. But this is what my daughter wore on her second Halloween. The difference being, we had her wear red cotton pants instead of tights for trick-or-treating. The weather was cold in the evenings where we lived.
But the story of this costume doesn’t end there. When I first started writing Lin Wu stories, I came up with an idea that this particular costume helped develop. It was the idea of Lin Wu chaperoning her younger cousin Curtis on a field trip, to a place called Apple Hill. Apple Hill was a family ranch that catered to schools and families around Halloween, by having a pumpkin patch for them to explore. The larger idea was that he was also being bullied by some of the other boys in his class, due to his small size. Lin, who was unaware of that fact, wore a witch costume that day, to show some Halloween spirit. It further embarrassed Curtis however and he ends up running away from her.
Anyway, one thing leads to another, and the two of them end up in a battle for their lives, when they come across a real witch named Agnus. Agnus had a cold heart and was out for revenge since they had trespassed on her property.
The reason for the connection is, Lin’s costume looked similar to this one. She also wore a red dress with a small black hat. The sleeves of her costume were also striped, like the little girls and she wore red cotton pants. The major difference being, there was no Hello Kitty pictures on her clothes. But for all intensive purposes, that is what Lin wore as she and Curtis ran for their lives.
It’s a costume that has been discontinued now. It also wasn’t made for older folks. But the color and designs kept coming back to me as I was writing the story. So that’s what Lin ended up in.
Sometimes the smallest things can help contribute to your story. They might not seem signigicant at the time, but you never know when they will come in handy. Just like this costume.