Ladies Historical Tea Society. One of the gentle requirements of attendance was period dress from the Victorian or Edwardian era. We wracked our brains trying to come up with convincing (but cheap) outfits that fit the bill. Jenni, seamstress extraordinaire that she is becoming*, stitched us up some Edwardian inspired skirts with which we could wear high-necked blouses, for a sort of Anne of Green Gables look (though in the picture we rather look like Edwardian spinster sisters).
The tea itself was quite enjoyable. The ladies were each such interesting characters, and so welcoming, that we quickly overcame our initial nervousness about our cluelessness about tea (manners, proper conversation, clinking the china too hard) and had a wonderful time. Another gentle requirement for the Halloween Tea was a ghost story to share after the tea. I read Charles Dickens' story, "The Lawyer and the Ghost," in which the protagonist suggests to the ghost that, of all the places on earth he can visit, why should he remain in the one place where he was most miserable?
You can read more about the event in Rebecca's post.
*She made our gowns for the Regency Ball at the Jane Austen Festival. Here's my post on it.