I want more of these at Halloween, and more diversity in Halloween revelers and their costumes, please.
These pumpkins are exactly what I want out of Halloween: fun, but definitely spooky; homemade and harvesty; a reminder that things are not as they seem. I love the transgressive spirit of the holiday, and it’s not too hard to get how a festival about spirits and the dead has transitioned into the sexiest time of the year.* The veil is thin, as the pagans remind us - and the clothes are, too.
Don’t get me wrong: sexy it up as much as you like. Dress up as a sexy pirate, a sexy Bugs Bunny, a sexy iPhone app, a sexy scented candle, a sexy dinosaur, or just wear your mask and corset and tutu and enjoy. Seriously. I fully support you. You look hot. Last year my “autumn” costume was horns, a crown, a corset, stockings, and craft leaves sewn to a pair of boyshorts. I would love to see some more creativity in your sexy costumes, but please understand that I am not telling you that you have to wear pants.
What I oppose, though, is the sameness of it all. I went out last night and saw very few people in costumes that read as sexy who weren’t young, thin, white women. And really young: I would have guessed that the vast majority of people I saw downtown were 19-25 years old.
And it’s not just that the 25+ set is at home with the kids. I know loads of people in their 20s/30s/40s who don’t have children, and who like to go out and do things and have fun. So where is everyone?
I want to see dudes with bellies dressed like Edward Cullen, not just like The Dude. I want to see ladies with big hips wearing garters and petticoats. I want to see someone - anyone! - dressed as a classic movie monster. Where are you, Wolfman? Where are you, Swamp Thing?
Be something horrible, or something wonderful, or something funny, or something sexy. Just don’t let the truly horrible homogenization of sex and attraction keep you at home. Go out and fuck with people.