Halloween is upon us and while I was never one to dress up I still believe the effort should be rewarded. I always put in the medium level of effort in my costumes. I have trouble letting go and embracing fully the “character” that I am dressing up as. I can by candy, I do not need to go door to doing my best Bela Lugosi on the off chance of getting a Mars Bar. I know that sounds cynical and like the older angrier man talking but it’s always been how I felt. I love all the trapping of Halloween; the candy, horror movies, scary decorations ect. I am just not one for dressing up and putting on a show in that way.
Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate it. I lived in New York City for a little while and there was one year my wife and I were in Union Square on Halloween night and the costumes peoples had were amazing. There was a robot parade where people had cardboard costumes with blinking lights worked into them while others these wonderfully crafted aluminum costumes. We saw a pack of Waldo’s walking down the street. We saw a kick-ass Wolverine at a Walgreens buying cigarettes. There were so many other great costumes that I don’t remember now but it was so enjoyable watching these people be caught up in the joy of the holiday.
Granted that were also a lot of crap that we saw. Everyone has their varying degrees of commitment so I try not to judge to harshly…ok I do. I just feel like if you are not going to make the effort at all you look like an ass-hat. Just because you are waring all black and have a pair of plastic fangs does not make you a vampire. Nor does it make you deserving of candy. I guess my point it you wouldn’t wrap a Christmas gift in duck tape and computer paper, you would make some effort to make it look nice.
Candy if for the people who put in some level of effort even if the costume as a whole does not look all that great. In the end it is not about who can spend the most money or who has the best sowing skills in order to have the best costume. It’s about creating something that honors a holiday where we roam the streets at night riding a sugar high embracing the more fantastical elements of our world.
I really wanted to write “candy is for closers.” Come on, you know you were all thinking it too.
This is why it bothers me when I hear the complaint that people, specifically women, use Halloween as an excuse to dress up like “sluts.” It’s slut-shaming, judgmental and non-productive. Just have fun and ware what you want as long as it is appropriate to the situation; i.e. don’t dress us like a sexy-bumble bee or Tarzan at the company Halloween party. Do I think the sexy bumble bee should exist, not really, but we have better things to do with our time then decry that it is a sign of the end of morality.
Anyway, those are just some of my thoughts on Halloween costumes. I don’t know if it’s all coherent cause its late and kind of repeats stuff from the comics but so be it.