Happy Halloween. The day when kids get to walk around dressed in clothes they don’t get to wear normally and grab tons of candy. I guess. I haven’t been involved in Halloween activities for a long time. I know there are things like where people gather in a parking lot and hand out candy from their cars as kids walk around in a circle or something. Or parties where kids show up and just get candy handed to them. Because it’s safer. Or something.
Back when I was a kid, the common fears were poisoned candy and apples with razer blades stuck in them. Neither of which, I think, have ever happened. Or, if they did, it was an extremely rare thing. It makes sense, though, that if you have a holiday that revolves around monsters and ghosts and spooky things then the parents should also be frightened of something.
It’s funny, though, that as technology moves forward making it more difficult to get away with a crime (DNA, cameras everywhere, cell phones with GPS tracking, interstate police networked computers, etc.) the more society buttons down on safety, even if it means making things less fun.
And, of course, you can’t run the risk of offending anyone. There might be a person out there who has a problem with ghosts so it’s better to make sure nobody at all wears a white sheet with eye holes cut in them. Although that’s probably offensive for a whole other reason, now.
But it’s not just a time for the kids to dress up and run around like fools; it’s also time for adults to wear clothes that society says is wrong to wear in public. It’s the one day a year a thirty year old woman can dress like an actual princess or a man can dress like a pirate without getting the stink-eye from others.
That’s changed too, though. Cosplay is essentially a business now, with people dressing up as book or movie characters or videogame characters or comic book characters and winning contests and making an income. It’s gone from being something wacky you and your friends did at midnight (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), to something that takes a lot of time, work, effort, and money to pull off.
I don’t think it’ll be very long before people are wearing ‘oddball’ outfits full-time. Hell, it may even be a way of getting that great job if the people hiring are impressed by your Pikachu-inspired outfit.
So, whatever. Get on your fancy duds and get out there. Do something interesting with your life even if it’s only for a few hours. I sure won’t, but I can live vicariously through you.