Getting Out of the Box for Halloween!

Halloween is about getting out of the box – getting out of your own identity for the evening and having permission to become another persona – just for fun!!
I lived in a small, fairly quiet mid-western town for a few years of my life, and one of my fondest memories is of Mike and Shirley’s Halloween Parties. The requirement was that you use your creative juices to make up your own costume, no store-bought costumes allowed, and bring your most outrageous and fun-loving self to the effort! The added twist was that you and 2 – 3 others would pile in a car and go on a Halloween scavenger hunt in public places and then return to the party with your stories of adventures and misadventures as your Halloween character. The costumes brought out everyone’s creative side, from hobos to Minnie Pearl, men as pregnant brides or cheerleaders; and superheroes or beauty pageant winners. It was all great fun and a lot of laughs!
Given permission to be outrageous for a night, who would you choose to be? Would it be Superwoman, Captain America, Miss America 1962, The Flasher, Scarlett O’Hara, or Nemo (yes, I have seen my own husband dressed as a clown fish living in an anemone!). Which character brings out the side you most want to express but haven’t given yourself permission to reveal to others? Let’s see, who will I reveal to my friends this year? Will it be a superhero or a monster; a freak or a funny person; a fantasy figure or a legendary character? Will it be my favorite animal character or a juicy tart?

And how about you?

 “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”
William Arthur Ward

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