#2: Why do some people dislike dressing in costumes?

#2: Why do some people dislike dressing in costumes?

holiday matrixWell, Halloween has come and gone, as has the pressure to be something you’re not, specifically, someone who loves to dress in a costume. Some of us abhor this custom, but clearly, we are only one side of the equation. In this post, we’ll try to answer the writer of the sad and desperate search term Why do some people dislike dressing in costumes?

Well, dear reader, it comes down to this: Some of us are just not creative and fun. For those of us who spend an average day staring at our wardrobes with loathing and disgust, the need to select a costume just ratchets up the pressure.

And for those of us who spend an inordinate amount of time on our grooming with the only goal being to get in the range of acceptable, the idea of assuming an appearance that is worse than we usually look is daunting. We’re spending a lot of time to avoid discolored teeth, straggly hair, wrinkles and pallid skin. Why, dear reader, would we want to throw that all away by accentuating our natural flaws?

And, because I cannot stay silent on this subject, let me point out that dressing in a costume for a party or to trick-or-treat with your kids is one thing. Being asked to don one for a day at the office, or a professional event, is downright cruel.

Clearly, I am more aligned with the writer of the search term I hate Halloween costumes for work. I’m with you, pal. I’m with you.


A disclaimer: While it perhaps shouldn’t need saying, let me remind you that I have no credentials, training or certifications of any kind that would qualify me to mete out advice to anyone. This is a humor blog. If you don’t find it funny, well, that’s another issue.

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8 thoughts on “#2: Why do some people dislike dressing in costumes?

  1. I don’t like costumes because, for me, they are a personal expression that risks revealing inner truths that I may not wish to reveal, or may not know that I’m revealing. I know that sounds a bit insecure. It isn’t, really. I probably take the whole thing too seriously. So I don’t know that I “hate” Halloween costumes, but I certainly eschew them nevertheless.


  2. I can’t remember ever dressing in costume as an adult. I think it would be fun to go to a costume party. The interesting part would be seeing the costume each person chose. And, yes, trying to decide why they chose it.


  3. I love costumes! Curiously, for all the reasons you seem to hate them. (We should spend some time on the couch together.)

    Really, though, the pressure to look “good” or “normal” is a lot sometimes. With a costume it’s just like all the rules go out the window. The fact that there might actually be separate costume rules and I’m just not getting them doesn’t matter so much when it’s not “real life”.


    1. Well, that’s true – there was a time in my life that I harbored a secret desire to be a sports mascot. I figured you could get away with almost anything in one of those costumes.


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