In response (retaliation?) to a recent post by PZ Myers about sexy costumes, a few thoughts of my own on costumes in general. I was going to write this closer to Hallowe’en but now’s as good a time as any.
This is the first of two posts….
I love Hallowe’en. On my facebook page, I’m in the middle of “forty days and forty frights”, counting down from the anniversary of the Salem Witch Trial heights (September 22, 1692) to the big day itself.
No, I don’t believe in apparitions, boogeypersons, cthulhus, demons, elves, fairies, ghosts, haunts, imps, jinxes, krakens, leprechauns, mummies, naiads, ogres, phantoms, quetzalcoatls, reavers, spirits, trolls, undead, vampires, wendigos, x-spot markings, yetis, or zombies. But I do believe in having fun, in poking holes at religious fervency. As others have said, the goth kids hold the line. Without Hallowe’en, christmas crap would start creeping earlier every year. I saw this abomination at Costco on September 29th:
It’s good that there is strong and growing awarenes and opposition to “ethnic costumes” (read: probably racist) and unnecessarily “sexy” costumes. But there are other costumes that should also bite the dust.