Timothy Belin, Campus Carrier asst. sports editor
When it comes to Halloween, people seem to have a few key debates, such as the suitable ages for trick-or-treating or how rude it is to hand out healthy “treats” such as rice cakes or vegetables. The main debate surrounding costumes is usually whether they are appropriate, either visually or culturally, but we are overlooking one key component there. The most important attribute of a Halloween costume is that it should be scary.
Nowadays you are just as likely to see someone dressed up as Elvis Presley or a Disney princess as you are a vampire, and that’s a problem. Halloween costumes are supposed to celebrate the spooky season, so unless that Elvis is an accurate representation of what he looks like today and that princess’ dress is torn and blood spattered, nobody should go out as either one on October 31.
Everything else surrounding Halloween is frightening. We get lost in creepy corn mazes, visit haunted houses and watch horror movies, yet people will then dress up as Dwight Schrute. Identity theft may not be a joke, but neither is it a scary costume. And dressing up in creepy attire actually makes sense. It is a tradition that dates back centuries, and, unlike other holidays, has an understandable history to it, coming out of the belief that the dead and other supernatural monsters were roaming the earth around this time of year. In a world where a jolly fat man from the North Pole allegedly travels the globe on a flying reindeer sleigh and delivers presents to commemorate the birth of a Middle-Eastern baby over 2,000 years ago, and where a bunny hides eggs to celebrate the resurrection of that same Middle-Eastern man, Halloween is our only logical tradition. And in everything other than costumes, people seem to understand that.
If my family and I are in the United States during the month of October, we will often see who can spot the most decorations on roadside houses, as we love discovering all the creepy ideas people come up with to make theirs stand out, all of which fit the spooky theme. Nobody in their right mind would think to decorate their home to resemble a beach luau, so why is it considered appropriate to slap on a scuba mask, a bathing suit and some flippers and call that a Halloween costume? It is a double-standard that needs to stop. If you want to role-play, go to comic-con or Disneyland, and if you want to throw a costume party, do it on your own time. Halloween should not be an excuse to play dress-up, it should be a celebration of the scary, the supernatural, and the bizarre. It is the one time of the year where people should dress up in the goriest and most terrifying costumes they can think of, and, as such, if you attend a Halloween party or go trick-o-treating dressed as a giant banana, you probably do not deserve better than rice cakes and vegetables.