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Gore Is Back - No, Not Al

Gory and scary Halloween costumes are all the rage again.

"Retailers and trend-watchers also are sensing a heightened comfort level with scarier costumes and decorations, a full return to the dark side after many revelers toned down their outfits following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and subsequent anthrax threats in 2001.

At the national Halloween Warehouse chain, there's been big interest in the "Gothic Manor" section, where customers can find capes, chokers with studs and costumes that include the "emperor of evil" and "dark vixen," a hooded black velvet dress."

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weelisa
Oct. 11th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting - are scarier costumes indicative of living in a (perceived) safer world? Is this, in fact, a safer world? I guess the hurricane tragedy isn't on par those other events, or something.

Speaking of costumes, I've been eyeing a cheaply priced red velvet cape from the drug store - but, honestly, how can I justify its purchase? What am I going to do? Wear it around the house? That's kind of a little weird - even for me.
silverdee
Oct. 11th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
You could wear the red cape and have one for precious McGinty. Then it wouldn't be weird, it would be cute.
weelisa
Oct. 11th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Actually...that would be extra, the men-in-the-cookie-truck-are-coming-to-take-me-away weird ;0

Besides, McGinty would find a way to chew it off. Hey, guess what - he's got a new girlfriend! She was standing on the porch steps staring at him and he was meowing like crazy - not hissing, mind, but meowing like a lovesick puppy. How cute is that?

P.S. He's fixed - just bored, I think.
silverdee
Oct. 11th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Rocky's fixed, too, but he was plumb crazy about Emma, the dog hostess where we evacuated. She loved him, too. But it was a mixed marriage deal. She was really tall and he's really short.
kwanyin2004
Oct. 11th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
scary costumes
I think people are drawn to scarier costumes the more afraid they are themselves. It pumps up their sense of power. It's like saying "Ha: to the monster in their closet. The biggest the monster, the more gore they want to hide behind.

Of course, sometimes you just want to try on a new persona, one that is different than yourself. That's why I like Halloween. It gives me another vantage point, if only pretend.
silverdee
Oct. 12th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
Re: scary costumes
Hey stranger! I always wonder about that when I see kids wearing Freddie Kruger or Jason costumes. Are they trying to bolster themselves by wearing it so as not to be scared?
kwanyin2004
Oct. 17th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: scary costumes
Well, I'm just guessing. Like a threatened animal puffs itself up and bares its teeth.

I do think Halloween is cool though for pretending to be someone else. When else can we dress like fairies and princesses and witches and celebrities and walk around in public without being commited?

What's your favourite costume?
weather_fan
Oct. 11th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
I stand by my notion of the United States Constitution as a viable Halloween costume. ;^)
silverdee
Oct. 12th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
I would go as the 19th Amendment.
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