Sep 192008

Yes, folx it’s that time of year again! The night is coming! The one night a year when you can show the world how you see yourself, or how you’d like the world to see you, rather than presenting yourself as you believe the world thinks you should. I’m talking about Halloween! The ultimate masquerade.

Paper faces on parade . . .
Hide your face,
so the world will
never find you!Masquerade!
Every face a different shade . . .
Look around –
there’s another
mask behind you!
Masquerade, Phantom of the Opera

Under those strict business suits are you really a naughty housekeeper?  Perhaps behind your docile school teacher image you’re actually a marauding zombie, hungry for brains.  Or you can show your friends that you’re genuinely a star athlete (deep down inside) and not the geeky engineer whose cubicle they all pass by without even noticing.  You can be whatever you want!  Remove the mask you wear for society and hide behind a mask of your choosing.  It’s the ultimate freedom of self-expression – after all, it’s just a Halloween costume, right?

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in my neighborhood, the halloween costume stores are starting to pop up all over the place. As much as I’m a fan of these shops and understand that they need business in order to keep returning year after year, the smart money is being spent at online costume shops. But don’t forget about shipping time! So order your costume today.

I feel like I’ve disappeared from society this year, so I’m gonna be a ghost. But not some cheesy store-bought ghost costume with a plastic mask. Nor am I going high tech with rattling chains and fiber-optic glowing lights. Nope, this year I’m going classic!  I’ll be hitting up the thrift stores looking for a plain white sheet.  I’m then going to drape that over me, feet sticking out and all. Should Z and I actually attend Disneyland’s Halloween event then I’ll put on a pair of Mickey ears under the sheet to make it slightly more interesting.  Otherwise it’s just gonna be me, a sheet, and a bag to hold all my candy 🙂

Z’s still torn, though she’s leaning towards a goth fairy outfit she found at Halloween Adventure, but hasn’t made her final decision yet.  My favorite Halloween of recent years was when she dressed as Velma, I lived my dream of being Scooby Doo, and other family friends  filled out the rest of the Mystery Machine gang.  Allow me to leave you with the philosophy of Jello Biafra and the Dead Kennedys-

After Halloween

Because your role is planned for you
There’s nothing you can do
But stop and think it through
But what will the boss say to you

And what will your girlfriend say to you
And the people out on the street they might glare at you
And whadya know you’re pretty self-conscious too

So you run back and stuff yourselves in rigid business costumes
Only at night to score is your leather uniform exhumed
Why don’t you take your social regulations
And shove ’em up your ass

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