Halloween Costumes

I wonder if one can ever truly know the separation between exterior expression; appearance through costume, clothing, ritual garb, skin, hair, sounds, words, movements; and the inner individual person?

For example, the more time we spend in a business suit, the more we feel we are a part of business, and the more we are perceived by others as such. We tend to think the less time we spend looking a certain way, the less we are like the associations of that image.  A costume is usually not something that is regularly worn by the wearer.

Yet I think there are exceptions. Sometimes we can find a costume that fits ourselves better than our daily uniforms, even a better side of ourselves. However just as we are amalgams of perspective, so too are costumes. There can always be more than one interpretation of the wearer and their costume, if it is even called a costume.

Happy Halloween!!!



2 Responses to “Halloween Costumes”

  1. Eposognatus Says:

    An appropriate quote on this subject comes to us from the X-Files episode “Small Potatoes”:

    Scully: Looking like someone else, Mulder, and being someone else are completely different things.

    Mulder: Maybe it’s not. Everybody else would treat you like you were someone else; ultimately maybe it’s other people’s reactions to us that make us who we are.

    Costumes are not merely masks upon our faces, nor indeed outrageous clothing, but everyday attire in all its forms. Every accoutrement and adornment no matter how small or subtle signals to the world how we perceive ourselves and how we wish to be perceived. The donning of a mask – even if it takes the guise of a favorite jacket or pair of shoes – brings about both a physical and mental (even spiritual) change. We may seek this out deliberately or remain unaware of this shift, but it does occur. The ability of the mask to conceal and at once express is part of its power and no doubt at the root of both our fascination and fear of alternate selves.

    “Self-knowledge, it might be said, is hard enough even if we discount the possibility of imposture, of becoming other selves. Our real selves are complex and contradictory even if we ignore the selves we take on as pretense. But perhaps the opposite is true. Perhaps we only know ourselves when we take account of our fantasies and possible selves. Perhaps we are the sum of our imaginings.” (Making Faces, Playing God by Morawetz. pp. 223-224)

  2. Ep, that is Deep. Listening to ambient music (Myst) while reading that just sent me deep down the Rabbit Hole (not sexually). Deep.

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