We all go a little mad sometimes, especially when we can't find something were looking for. I'm here to help with a collection of my favorite sites, books, costume tips as well as crazy history of our favorite holiday.
How to Choose a Costume That Fits Your Personality
Confession time: I hate wearing costumes. There I've said it! But I love seeing costumes on others. If you need a little help choosing a costume, I've come up with a nifty chart to match the observable personality traits to the perfect costume.
PERSONALITY OF WEARER
Lusty Lunch Lady
Sorry-Not-Sorry Wild Extroverts
For the uninhibited blessed with great genes and proud to put their bodies on display; often win costume contests with very little effort; for those who believe that even on Halloween they must look pretty and hot; all body sizes welcome
Pretty People, Chatty & Total Extroverts
For those who like the spotlight and want to take lots of pictures with strangers; people who already resemble famous people; men who like to wear tights and capes in public; best for the ruggedly handsome or beautiful; fans of Disney icons
70s Disco Queen
Tipsy Extroverts and/or Older Folks
People who constantly relive yesteryear; those who afraid to get too wild; safe for work parties; people too busy or cheap to buy costumes and rummage in their closets or a spinster aunt's attic; people who know the 80s was the best decade
Beloved Mild Extroverts Who Don't Care
For party animals, jocks, people who enjoy innuendo; former class clowns; hipsters who like to wear clothing ironically; last minute shoppers who find only these kinds of costumes on the shelves; couples coerced into matching costumes
Pleasant Smile Introverts & The Regal
For serious thespians; the highly educated or college professors; costumers who appreciate fine artisan garments; History Channel fans; people who get cold easily and need many layers of fabric; those who can afford pricey rentals or ornate masquerades
Fully Introverted Horror Fans
For those who believe that Halloween should be scary; loners, emo or goth-inclined; those who want to hide behind a mask and avoid chatting; those who like complicated costumes or makeup; often very creative; appeals to graphic designers
Don’t treat someone else’s culture as a costume!
Unless they represent your own race and culture (and no, 1% results from 23andMe DNA tests don’t count), please do not wear ethnic costumes such as Mexican sombreros, Rasta hats with locks, indigenous dress, Afro wigs, Asian conical hats, etc. Although you may intend your costume to pay homage to or honor another culture, members of those races and cultures do not take it that way and worse, it is often actually hurtful to them. Being sensitive to other races and cultures helps ensure Halloween is fun for everyone.
The Onion Takes On Halloween
The Onion's satirical take on prickly issues from holidays to parenting styles to gender identity isn't for everyone. It strikes home for me. My brother lived in his Spiderman pajamas through adolescence, and my family often commented on my decidedly queer costumes before I even knew what that meant. Oy vey...
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