By Candlelight


On Halloween night, I have an annual tradition. I watch one of my favorite films of all time, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for me, so celebrating it with a favorite film of vampires seems appropriate. And really, what can be more appropriate for Halloween than Dracula?

One of the reasons I love this film so much is due to the costume design.


The Count in a gentleman’s finest.

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Mina’s red dress. I am a sucker for a red dress, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It is lavish and extraordinary.


Lucy’s Snake Dress is also a favorite. Stunning against her red hair.


I own the book about the costume design for the film, due to my being completely enamored with it. The book is excellent, and discusses the direction of the film, inspiration for the costumes, as well as initial sketches and final pieces.

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And in case you’re like I am an want to get in a little reading to set the mood, here are two recent favorites…

Kostova’s The Historian
Meyer’s Twilight series

You can’t go wrong with either one.

Listen to them – children of the night. What music they make.

Bram Stoker, Dracula
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