How Halloween has changed

Luis Bahena

LIVE AND LEARN
By Luis Bahena

With Halloween quickly approaching, time is running out in finding that perfect costume for the occasion.

What to dress up for Halloween? Something scary? Something sexy? What about something silly or something scandalous?

I remember when Halloween was about dressing up as something creepy and scaring our friends and running around amok.

Collecting candy from our neighbors as a reward for our creativity with costumes was also a big part of Halloween.

Yet nowadays things are very different when it comes to Halloween. No longer are we dressing up to scare, but more likely to impress our friends and hopeful romantic interest.

Measures are taken such as trying to get in shape so that we can wear that sexy costume comfortably. Or spending hundreds of dollars for that costume that will just wow anyone that comes into view.

What happened to the fun of Halloween? Dressing up for the fun of it and for the creative process that came out of one’s imagination.

I was always astounded by the costumes of those children and adults that made their own costume. I always wanted to create my own costume since I was a teenager, yet my lack in costume-making skills always prevented me from doing so.

But yes, it seems that the older you get the more the seasons change. Costumes like “Little Bo Peep” have grown up to points where it’s now “Little Ho Peep” or “Sexy Bo Peep.”

It’s no longer just a “Police Officer” or a “Fire Fighter” but a “Sexy Officer” or “Sexy Fire Fighter” where the outfits now consist of a two-button shirt leaving the chest area exposed for men or marginally exposed for women.

It’s seems that Halloween has turned “Sexy.”

To be honest though, I can’t really tell if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. All I know is that I miss the old times when it used to be fun.

The old times when walking around with my vampire and garden fairy friends on “All Hallows Eve” was all in good fun.

Perhaps we’ll see a lot more creativity in costumes this year and a lot less sex from the costumes. But all and all, I just hope it’s as fun as it used to be.

Let’s save the sexy costumes for holidays like Valentines Day or the old fashioned Honeymoon.

(Luis Bahena is City Times’ features editor)