Friday, October 1, 2010
Why dressing up in Halloween costumes is so much fun
This act of liberation triggers excitement. It is like that first day of vacation when you experience freedom from your daily routine. When a group of people in costume gets together, their shared excitement enhances the feeling for every individual, resulting in a heightened sense of fun.
A little dash of anxiety adds to the excitement as well. When you dress up in a costume, especially something daring, you will feel some nervousness about presenting yourself to your peers. There is always that little nagging insecurity that makes you wonder if people will disapprove. But of course you go ahead with the costume anyway because it's all right on Halloween. The anxiety melts away once you see how much everyone enjoys the costume. Even if it was daring, or gruesome, or risque, people who know you will likely admire your daring and enjoy the fact that you are not truly one hundred percent a boring person who never takes risks.
Beyond the people who know you are the people who do not know you. Parading yourself to strangers on Halloween steps up the fun. Because you are in costume, people unacquainted with you have only your Halloween costume by which to judge you. You are a clown, or sexy nurse, or axe murder victim. That's it. This delightful anonymity coupled with costume weirdness accelerates the Halloween fun. When you are party hopping and bar hopping on Halloween, people laugh and comment happily on all the costumes they see, speaking to strangers as they go. This delightful energy is unlike anything on any other day of the year. People like seeing society transformed into a wonderland of alternative individuals. People who dress up for Halloween fill every town and city with a parade of avatars, and, for a few hours, release society from the grinding imperative to conform.
Learn more about Halloween and consider some ideas for Halloween costumes at my website Making Fear Fun.