Halloween costumes are a tricky thing. Creatively, it’s a time to go nuts – come up with something super unique and cool. Realistically, if you are a woman, your prefab costumes are mostly relegated to the Slutty category: Slutty Nurse, Slutty Witch, Slutty Cat. I’ve fallen victim to that myself, tangentially, as Dead Madonna [“singer”, not Catholic Icon] [there, the Slutty is implied]. This year, I’m having a hard time coming up with something super neat and creative, non-slutty, and easy to pull off. Here are some ideas I’ve come up with.
Lady Gaga – Sure, me and everyone else. But you have to admire an entertainer who is such a presence that she inspires regular people to want to evoke signature moments in her career [Muppet dress, meat dress, weird red veil thing]. This is a step up from a few years ago, when everyone wanted to be Siegfried and Roy but only because Roy was attacked by that tiger. Sure, some of her stuff is revealing, but it's more arresting than prurient.
Mad Men – I must confess, I find this show almost enragingly dull. I’m convinced that the only reason people love this show is because of the beyond cool aesthetic and because everyone smokes and drinks at work, just like we all wish we could. Still, I’m taken by the smart, polished clothing and sleek hair, and would really love to pull off that look. At least for one day.
Katy Perry – Talk about topical. This would probably be the easiest to pull off – revealing dress, black hair and an Elmo doll, singing something catchy but banal. Still, this is a bit too close to the Slutty thing, and I’m thinking I might have to pass.
Chilean Miner – For the life of me, I can’t remember the lovely Twitter Friend who suggested this [because I am a bad, bad person]. I love this idea, though I’m not sure how to pull it off. I’m no fan of dirt. I’m not a runner, like that one miner. I don’t have a miner’s hat or even a pick ax. I guess I could stay home and pretend I’m trapped in the mine.
Looks like it’s back to being Stuff You Find Under the Couch for me [black top and pants, debris taped onto my clothing]. What are you going to be for Halloween? What was your most creative costume?
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