Halloween is my favorite holiday/event/day of the entire year. One could argue that, psychologically, people enjoy donning costumes as a way to get away from their own life and problems (albeit temporarily) and indulge in a fantasy world where one can be whomever they want. Definitely a valid point of view, but really? It’s just fun. Also, thinking about costumes as an outward expression of people’s inner desires can be rather disturbing when you consider all the Slutty Fill-in-the-Blank Costumes out there. Seriously. Things are getting out of hand when you see Slutty Crayon.
There is nothing wrong with looking sexy and being a little risque on Halloween, but I maintain that it should be a valid part of the costume, instead of just making your costume as small as humanly possibly while still covering up your naughty bits.
And that brings me to the Halloween Costume Conundrum, which I run into every year. For I do want to look attractive, and possibly sexy, in whatever I wear, but it is just as necessary to be creative and, MOST importantly, unique. There’s nothing worse than running into someone who had the same idea… and they have better execution.
My most successful Halloween costumes, to date, were Sorority Girl (done before all the mass-market “Sorority” costumes for either men or women), which was a HUGE hit (helped being on a campus with a large Greek population). The other was Blair Warner from Facts of Life. In the end, only one person (that I didn’t know) saw me and immediately screamed “Blair!” but that was enough. I rocked it, people got it when I explained, and I made that one guy’s night, because he loved it.
Topical costumes are great – but always a toss-up. Either you’ll be the unbelievely witty and creative genius who came up with a brilliant costume… or you’ll be one of ten similarly attired Gagas. (Sorry to potentially rain on your parade – Lady Gaga is no longer on-trend for Halloween. Give it about ten or fifteen years and then you’ll be doing an awesome throw-back. Right now you’re at least three years behind the curve.)
The next problem is that I enjoy actually making the costume. Not just buying pieces and putting them together… I’m talking fabric, thread, zippers, glitter, glue, wire and styrofoam. This isn’t a problem unless the Brilliant Idea doesn’t require construction. For example, let’s say you wanted to go as Mr. Rogers. Great idea! You find the cardigan, the pants, the shoes… but you don’t get to MAKE anything. For me, that’s a big drawback.
So here it is, October 9th, and I’m still stumped. The floor is open for suggestions! And what will you be wearing this year?
** Mr. Rogers costume photo borrowed from Mads Vassar Blog