Before we actually hit October, this is a great time to start thinking about putting thought and meaning into a fun costume. I wrote this piece last year about four ways to create fantastic and meaningful costumes. It’s still a passionate topic for me.
It’s October, which for me means that the month-long celebration of one of my favorite holidays has officially begun. Time to pull out the scary movies, sinister decorations, and fake blood. Also time to start planning a costume…which can be a somewhat daunting task.
I’m already seeing articles popping up about racism, sexism, slut-shaming, cultural insensitivity or fat-shaming in costumes, and I find myself bracing just a little bit for the onslaught of negativity. They’re not necessarily wrong—ugly elements of society tend to find their way into our celebrations in a number of ways, especially when it involves costumes. It’s important to be able to recognize the unsavory elements and talk about what they reveal about society.
But when that’s all there is, after a while it just starts to make Halloween feel absolutely hopeless.
So, I want to take a positive approach to the Halloween costume conundrum. Rather than…
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