In this world, sometimes adults need more make believe time. Not just for Halloween, either, although that certainly does make it much more acceptable.
I believe that we need it for our sanity and for our creativity, those of you who have a creative side – even if it is very tiny and suppressed most of the time.
We need it to pretend (and maybe become) who we really want to be.
I dress up whenever I can for Halloween and I am not nearly alone in this activity. This weekend at our local fall festival, called appropriately enough Olde Harvest Day, there were just as many adults dressed up as there were kids.
While I really don’t want to be (full-time) any of these:
- Minnie Mouse
- Morticia Addams
- Pocahontas (shhh that was before it was “inappropriate” and besides I wanted to be out there on an adventure not to disrespect her accomplishments!)
- The Princess from Breakfast Club (it was because of the haircut and there were only two women characters to be other than Brian Johnson’s mom)
- Trixie from Speed Racer
- Medusa (probably my most fun dress up in modern day and I got him to dress as Perseus – that is one costume I waited a long time to try – snakes in my hair and everything! Sorry Renee…)
- Ariel, The Little Mermaid (if only I could fit in that costume again…)
- Cinderella (I mean, the princess part even though I am sure glass slippers would be terribly uncomfortable, definitely not the scullery maid tortured by her evil step mother and step sisters)
- Rubella (the German measles)
- Pregnant Carla from Cheers (and pregnant Dawn…)
- Isis (when she was an Egyptian Queen…and a Saturday morning TV heroine)
- A cat (duh)
- A bat (more clever but still duh)
- Maleficent (to my daughter’s rendition of Snow White)
- Woody (from Toy Story…it was a whole theme; she was Jesse the yodeling cow girl and Mike wouldn’t let me be Buzz Light Year)
- A butterfly (not Madame Butterfly – just a caterpillar turned into a beautiful flying insect)
- A witch (double duh complete with the “double, double, toil and trouble” along with creepy spiders, green make up as well as the happy friendly orange & cute purple and black versions)
- a Monkey – as in “ooh ooh ee ee” with a tail – not the Monkees Micky Dolenz or Michael Nesmith version
- Peter Pan (of course – who wants to grow up anyway!?!)
I am sure there are more than that, but it’s all I can remember this morning. Once I have a bit more candy, I will probably remember more.
I believe that we all need to indulge ourselves and enjoy the fun in life, from Halloween dress up, to parties and candy – whatever kind you prefer, after all – you are adults now and you can go and buy whatever kind you actually like! Maybe the only problem with our world today is that adults, just like children need more make believe. Happy Halloween everyone.
~ Dawn aka Hat Girl