August 22, 2008

Choosing the Perfect Costume

From costume contests to elaborate masquerade parties, the costume you choose this year gives others a glimpse into your personal life: your dreams, your tastes, and your aspirations.

So, what makes a great costume? Does it matter how popular the costume is? Does it matter how much it costs or how elaborate it is?

A great Halloween costume is put together with much thought and consideration for the overall appearance and the end result. A great costume makes people think, inspires emotion, or leaves a lasting impression.

Halloween is the one night of the year when it’s perfectly normal to put your inhibitions aside and become someone or something other than whom or what you are during the remaining 364 days of the year. It’s the one night when it’s okay to express yourself without worrying about what others will think or how others will perceive you the next day. It’s like a free-for-all, do-what-you-will event that is somehow completely washed away the next morning.

So, who or what do you want to be this Halloween? Are you prepared to involve yourself completely in your costume, or will you simply wear something you’ve thrown together at the last minute? Are you willing to buy the costume but not the necessary accessories to make the costume the best it can be?

A great costume can be popular or unique, plain or elaborate, cheap or expensive, old or new; it really doesn’t matter. What matters is how you feel when you wear it and the emotional response it inspires in others when they see you in it. Does it scare them, make them laugh, appeal to their sexual interests, or remind them of something from the past?

To have a great costume, you only need to follow three easy steps:

1. Chooose a costume that "speaks" to you.
2. Determine what emotion the costume will spark in others.
3. Use accessories to compliment your costume and make it the best it can be.

Now, start looking for that great costume and make this Halloween an adventure!

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