Shelley Caudill carefully adjusted the wooden curtain rod sitting on her shoulders, as she apologized for accidentally hitting a woman dressed as a witch.
Caudill, the activity director for the Ascension Council on Aging, was costumed as Carol Burnett’s Starlet O’Hara from the “Went with the Wind!” sketch, which aired Nov. 13, 1976, on the variety series “The Carol Burnett Show.” In the sketch, Burnett was playing the role of Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind” and wore drapes, tassels and a curtain rod.
The two were dancing Friday during the Ascension Council on Aging’s annual Halloween party.
Caudill said that while many young people had no idea who she was dressed as, the partygoers at the Gonzales Senior Center picked up on the reference right away.
She said she wanted to “be something funny that they will remember.”
“They remember anything that caused them to laugh,” she said.
Laugh many did as they first saw the over-the-top costume.
“And, yes, these are my drapes,” she said.
Eventually, Caudilll had to remove the curtain rod from her costume because “it’s heavy and hitting folks.”
Helping Caudill out on the dance floor was her daughter, Linsey Harvey, 16, a St. Amant High School student who said she enjoys visiting the senior center.
“It’s important for young people to give back, and this is the perfect place for her to do that,” Caudill said.
Caudill said the annual Halloween party is one of the most popular events of the year for many seniors.
“There’s nothing like making you dress up like a kid for a few laughs,” she said as she introduced the costume contest participants.
The contest featured several witches, a crawfish, ninja, a Saints fan and Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Frenchy Berard provided music for dancing and the parade of costumes during the contest judging.
Contest results included:
SCARIEST: Mary Chauff, first; Lucille Taylor, second; and Evelyn Logwood, third
PRETTIEST: Annie Mazoch, first; Dorothy Cooper, second; and Mary Franklin and Gail Barter, tied for third
MOST ORIGINAL: Barbara Ghirardi, first; Shirley Stelly, second; and Diane Guidry, third
FUNNIEST: Laura Elisar, first; Patricia Mayers, second; and Betty Dinicola, third.