We enjoyed Halloween at work as we usually do. The company allows for a costume parade. Those who wish to participate can dress up. Then the rest of the employees vote on the costumes. Prizes are given for scariest, most original and most creative. (Don't ask what the difference is between "original" and "creative".)
My plan this year was to dress up as a beach bum with dreadlocks. But yesterday morning's sudden chill dissuaded me from putting on the swim trunks and tank top, so I dressed up like a stoner with dreadlocks. Notice the focus on dreadlocks, here. That was what we prepared for -- dreadlocks as the centerpiece of the costume.
My daughter and I fashioned the dreadlocks from an abundance of cat fur, which we rolled into many thick strands and stapled to the lining of an old baseball cap. It looked really cool, but judge for yourself.
My wife encouraged me to get into my costume before leaving for work. When she saw me she said, "Oh you look like such a dirtbag! What a loser!!" I sense that she's been wanting to get that off her chest for several years.
I got favorable reactions from the guys, especially the retired Jamaican janitor. The reactions from the few females that didn't totally ignore me ranged from disgust to revulsion. I thought one woman was going to vomit, that's how green her face became.
Halloween can give us a chance to experience society from others' perspectives.
How was your Halloween?