#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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Why I hate Halloween, or never wear a costume to work

IMG_0335I have never pretended to be a fun person. Perhaps that’s why I don’t like Halloween, a holiday whose primary objectives seem to be having fun and eating candy, two things of which I generally don’t approve. Oh, and walking around a sidewalk-free suburb in the dark.

I don’t know what it is about Halloween that makes perfectly sane people dress like some warped version of their alter-egos – vampires (which, frankly, might be a little sexual for the workplace), Star Trek characters (please!), or Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz (in your tornado-head-injury-induced dreams). Sitting in a meeting full of these characters was enough to make you hit the hazelnut flavored coffee.

“Have you no pride?” I wanted to shout, to which they surely would have cried, “Why are you no fun? Lighten up, for crying out loud. It’s Halloween, that greatest of all holidays where all you have to do is dress up, eat candy, and walk around in the dark!”

I was clearly an army of one in my fight against Halloween. And even I have to admit it did have one very important purpose – it reminded everyone that it was near time to string holiday lights throughout their cubicles. No wonder our utility bills were always over budget.

So what do you think? Costumes or no costumes at work? And why?