Your Halloween Costume: What Does It Say About You?

What Halloween costume have you chosen? Are you or your child, for instance, dressing tomorrow as a pirate, a Zombie, Minnie Mouse, Batman, a Power Ranger, a witch, a Ninja, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, a vampire, Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games), a peacock, a fairy, a mermaid, or a “Star Wars” character? Well, you won’t be the only ones. They’re quite popular this year. (See source.)

Or are you the type to branch out a bit and go for a Halloween costume more topical in nature? Some of the 14 suggestions recently made by Timecomplete with how-to instructions, follow:

  • Binders Full of Women
  • The red-hat-wearing, dumbbell-lifting version of Paul Ryan
  • Honey Boo Boo
  • Gangnam-style-dancing Psy
  • Fearless Felix Baumgartner (if you can pull off the massive jumpsuit look)
  • Clint Eastwood, with chair of course
  • A Replacement Referee

What does it all mean? What does your choice of outfit say about you? In the article “Psychoanalyzing 10 Popular Halloween Costumes,” this is what some of the experts conclude about you if you pick the following:

  1. Political figures and popular athletes–either you “emulate or abhor” them
  2. Kids’ costumes–children pick things they have a desire to become
  3. Bedbugs–a way to cope with fear/panic of this oft-dreaded insect
  4. Tarzan and Jane–a legitimate chance to finally show off your toned physiques
  5. Snooki–expressing your individuality, no matter how unattractive to some
  6. The Grim Reaper–“By dressing up as what we fear, we feel protected from it; we diminish its power.”
  7. Dominatrix Nun–might there be two parts of you in conflict, i.e., “the pure and overly submissive” ones?
  8. Princess–back to the safety, simplicity, and romantic fantasies of childhood
  9. Spiderman and other superheroes–fulfills childhood fantasies, or shows respect for the character, or is a way “to compensate for feelings of inadequacy”
  10. Vampires–a safe way to indicate seductive sexual passion

Would you rather read a more humorous view? See the 2011 post of psychologist Jared DeFife, “10 Psychologically Disturbed Halloween Costume Choices.

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