To Costume Or Not To Costume? That Is The Question OR Halloween: It’s Not Just For Kids

To Costume Or Not To Costume? That Is The Question OR Halloween: It’s Not Just For Kids

So, my better half and I were invited to a Halloween party this year. A costume party. I have to admit, the idea of going somewhere as a matched pair that’s not our usual selves is a pretty fun idea. We could be Snow White and Price Charming, Superman and Wonder Woman, Hulk and She-Hulk (green body paint would be fun!). The possibilities are endless. (Really. Endless. Search “Halloween costumes for adults” on Google. I’ll wait…) 
But costume party aside, I have several friends who work in corporate offices and they are allowed to come into the office in costume on Halloween. This is cool. This also never happened during my brief stint in the corporate world, but I’m all for it. I have other friends who wear costumes when they take their kids trick-or-treating or hand out candy, and friends who dress up their pets for the day. (If I had a pet, I’d SO do this too).
If you feel silly dressing up, remember this: People have been doing it for centuries. An early reference to wearing costumes at Halloween comes from Scotland (My ancestors rock!) in 1585. There are many references to the custom during the 18th and 19th centuries in Scotland, Ireland, Mann and Wales. It has been suggested that the custom comes from the Celtic festivals of Samhain and Calan Gaeaf. Halloween costumes were traditionally based on frightening supernatural or folkloric beings, but by the 1930’s costumes based on characters in mass media such as film, literature, and radio were popular. You can literally be anything you want to be.
I don’t think you’re ever too old to take part. And I don’t think you should take yourself or life too seriously, so if you have the chance to be Ironman or a fairy or a football player or a minion, or heck, a deck of cards for the day, why not take it?
So, are you dressing up? If so, what as?
Now I’m off to find a costume for my inner She-Hulk 🙂



  1. Kate Forest says:

    She-HULK!!!! I would be someone from history. Maybe Einstein or Marie Curie.

  2. You had me at She Hulk that is FANTASTIC. LOL – I love dressing up but we don’t usually these days – just the kids – the last party my husband and I went to we dressed as fuzzy dice (not very scary but it was way fun and we had built in tables for our beers).

  3. Someday I want to cosplay Odin from the Thor movies, but that won’t happen this year. I do have zombie makeup and clothing I could pull out from a zombie walk I once took.

  4. Last year, I did a bit of CosPLay as Claire Fraser from Outlander. I may go that route again. It’s an excuse to wear my newest corset, ehehe.

  5. I’m not, but the hubster is. He’s in a Batman phase at the moment. Batman logos on everything from workout t-shirts to coffee mugs. He’s so into it, he talked the wee-one into going as Batgirl so they can be a matched set. My house is bizarre.

    • Susan Scott Shelley says:

      I LOVE that! 🙂 They’re going to be so cute! A friend of mine does that with his kids – they all go as superheroes from the same universe.

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