The Tangential Thinker

Faces painted on two pumpkins

Well, it’s that time of year again. There’s a chill in the air. The leaves are changing. Football teams are charging the field. What else? What else? What am I forgetting? Oh yes, it is also the time of year when I light a bonfire…with money. It is time for the annual $300 visit to the Halloween House of Crap to acquire the requisite decor—monster-in-pumpkin contraption, creeping severed hand, ‘keep out’ sign on gravestone, etc.—and of course the costumes.

    The ‘hot’ Halloween costumes are pretty good this year. Popular get-ups are determined by popular movies, TV shows and people. The most sought after outfit this year—according to a worker in the fake blood aisle—is Lady Gaga. (Last week I balked at the Forbes list, but maybe she really is the seventh most powerful woman in the world.) Of course, from Elvis to Katy Perry, the music industry has always been fertile soil when it comes to Halloween costumes.

    Let’s go to the movies. Pick a vampire, any vampire. If anything, vampires are even trendier now than last year. Also hot this year are the characters from Avatar, but if you think I am leaving Cranky, Whiny and Punch alone with a tub of blue body paint you are sorely mistaken. Also in theaters this year was Alice in Wonderland, providing a wealth of costume ideas. There’s Alice herself, appropriate and practical for a 12-year-old girl on a cold night. There are the playing cards, the chess pieces, both queens, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. If you had a big group of trick-or-treaters you could go as the entire cast.

    Then there’s television. As we’ve discussed, there is good television and there is bad television. Bad television, however, doesn’t necessarily translate to bad Halloween costumes. Halloween is a holiday about tacky over-indulgence. What better person to symbolize that than Snooki from Jersey Shore? Or you could grab a six-pack and some six-pack abs and go as The Situation. The easiest Halloween costume of the season has to be the fabulous red track suit of Glee’s Sue Sylvester.

    Well, there are lots of choices out there for the kiddos this year, and soon another Halloween will have come and gone. Frankly, I think Whiny might win the prize for his costume. He’s going as a Chilean miner. 

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