Halloween: A Chance To Be Someone Else For A Day

10.24.11

I will never understand why anyone ever decides to stop dressing up for Halloween. I have dressed up every year since I was a kid and I'm 29 years old. It doesn't mean that I'm trying to relive my childhood. That's a ridiculous notion since the idea that only kids know how to have fun is absurd. Besides, dressing up for Halloween is ten times funner than it ever was when I was a kid.

As an adult, I don't have to beg my Mom for money to buy a costume. I can just go to the store and collect what I need that I don't already have at home. Unlike when I was younger, I'm smart enough to only attempt characters that I can actually pull off. There are certain costumes that really suit me while others don't. If you stick with what works for you, people may not recognize you at all. The best costume I ever wore was a homemade version of Edward Scissorhands. I stuck butter knifes to black gloves with electric tape, put on pants with suspenders, a white shirt, a black clown wig and painted my face white with dark circles around my eyes. The costume was recognized instantly everywhere and was so well done that one guy was even shocked to find out I was a girl.

My goal every year is to be recognized the instant someone sees me. If I have to explain who I am, I've failed. So I'll usually pick a famous character that most everyone will recognize on sight. Also, unlike most people who dress up on Halloween, I work hard all day to actually play the part. If I'm dressed up as Jack Sparrow, I'll act like I'm drunk and talk with an English accent all day. If I'm a famous rock star like Kurt Cobain, I'll head bang and probably carry an mp3 player to blast Nirvana music.

I've had such an incredibly fun time on Halloween the past few years. I'm used to people staring at me ALL DAY. Getting all that attention can be tiring, but it's worth it since I get the chance to dress up and act like a complete spazz for one whole day. Putting on a costume can give you confidence to open up and really let go. If your costume is good enough, no one will be able to recognize you, so acting like a total weirdo is really easy!

If you aren't planning on dressing up this year, I suggest you change your mind! It's not about wishing you were a kid, it's about playing a part and pretending you're someone else for a day. If you give it a try, you'll realize Halloween was never intended to be just for kids. It's like I've said before, adults know how to play far better than kids do. I have more fun as an adult on Halloween than I ever did as a kid because I never stopped dressing up.

Article written by Shelly Allen.
Photo by Shelly Allen Photography

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