Halloween is a brilliant time of year. For one day, it’s socially acceptable for anyone – from carefree child to corporate office adult – to put on a costume and be someone else.
At work today, my coworkers transformed into a demon, a little Red Riding Hood, a wizard, a nun, and hackers. I wore a Darth Vader costume and enjoyed the heck out of letting my dark side seep into my work (my Slack profile changed to reflect my new priority of “crushing rebel scum.”)
Whether you’re cosplaying as Jon Snow or Harry Potter, you’re engaged in one of the last forms of pretend play allowable to adults. So it’s worth taking some time to think about why we enjoy this so much.
We all have more stories and personalities than one inside of ourselves. On Halloween at least, we are reminded that we have a choice.
Within ourselves, we have every potentiality needed for becoming as heroic as Luke Skywalker or as dark as the Sith Lord I portrayed today. We have the potential to be lumberjacks, doctors, scientists, and athletes (and – since this is Halloween – we can also be the “sexy” version of all those things). We all have the potential to be more courageous, more mysterious, more seductive, more aggressive, more kind, more threatening, more beautiful, more cool.
We may not choose (or have time) to act any of these potentialities out for real, but on Halloween we engage in a one-day dress rehearsal where we can try different personas on for size.
We may even find something to carry into the rest of the year and the rest of our non-pretend lives.
My takeaway? I look good in black.