As most know, the roots of Halloween lie in pagan celebrations of Samhain, a Gaelic celebration marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker half of the year. It’s also a time when the so-called “veil between worlds” is said to be at its thinnest, allowing the living world to touch some spectral “Otherworld.” In turn, it seems appropriate that the modern adult has co-opted the holiday as an opportunity to tread the line between social norms and fantasy, yet you can’t turn a corner after October 1 without hearing a woman plaintively whining about the difficulty of buying a tasteful costume off the rack. With this in mind, I propose that it’s time to end the pseudo-ethical war on sexy costumes that has emerged in recent decades and here’s why:
• Your choice of costume is not indicative of moral or intellectual superiority. Whether you’re dressed in a hand-made formaldehyde molecule costume or as sexy Big Bird, the fact remains that it’s a costume. If you are the kind of person who looks at someone dressed as a sexualized (blank) and sees a vapid, anti-feminist hussy, go get checked — you may come off as an asshole.
• Adults celebrating their sexuality is a good thing. We are, after all, sexual creatures. It’s important to taking an occasional night to feel powerful and sexy, whether that means you wear a full Batman costume or a thigh-and-cleavage-baring, sexified Snow White get-up. For one night a year, people get a much-needed and peer-sanctioned opportunity to walk on the proverbial wild side.
• It’s healthy to get that out of your system once in a while. The Amish get Rumspringa, we get Halloween. History and science can both argue that occasional opportunities to exercise hedonistic impulses in a relatively controlled environment are an outlet society might need to function in an otherwise cooperative manner.
• It’s really funny. Not in a mean-spirited way, but in the real, genuine, “I can’t believe I’m looking at a sexy hamburger costume” kind of way. Relish in it and get in on the joke.
So, the next time you hear complaints about costume availability or someone touting the notion that they’d never look appreciatively at a pretty girl in a full-body cat suit on principle, feel free to tell them EZ Breezy said to stop being a morally superior tight-ass.
By EZ Breezy