I used to think it was silly to dress up in costume. I've long stopped paying attention to Halloween, and I didn't wear a costume last Purim. I don't think there is anything wrong with ignoring Halloween, but I realize now that costumes are anything but childish.
There is something powerful about wearing costumes. Costumes are a tool for reflecting our innermost, normally hidden selves. Playing dress-up is an opportunity to explore life as someone else, consequence-free, just for an evening. By changing our garments, changing our body language, using a fake accent, we come closer to internalizing a new image of who we could be.
If costumes have the potential to change us on the inside, then we should choose our costumes carefully. When I was a teenager, French maid outfits were all the rage in the trendy community of Great Neck North in Long Island. Today, revealing French maid outfits are, apparently, appropriate for tweens.
Modest readers, what did you think of Halloween?
What costume ideas were you excited about?