- This is in answer to:
- What is the best Halloween costume you have ever witnessed in person? See all answers
- October 28, 2010 by goldfish
- Halloween... Again?
Another American-centric question. Plinky, you do realize that there are other people from other countries on here that might not celebrate Halloween or want to be the President of the United States, right? You're acting more and more American every day in the sense that it's all about "us". We're #1!!! USA! USA! WOOOOOOO!!!1!!!
Anyway, to answer the question at hand, and it is a pretty dumb, cop-out type of question, I don't really care about Halloween costumes. Personally, anyone who uses their imagination and hand-makes something rather than buying or renting a costume from a shop wins. As I wrote about the other day with the first Halloween prompt, the reason I love this holiday is that it forces people to use their imaginations.
I have some friends who are twin brothers. One of them does special effects for the movies. I suppose it is sort of cheating to use that expertise when it comes to costumes since it is his profession, but the very first time I met them, they were dressed up as members of GWAR. The costumes were so convincing that I was almost sure they were members of GWAR themselves. They were larger than life, pointy and scary as hell.
Every year since then, the special effects brother does something equally spectacular and they stop traffic wherever they go, even in a town where there is no limit on imagination like Los Angeles.
Every year in West Hollywood, they close down several blocks of the city and create a giant Halloween Carnival to celebrate how much imagination the denizens of the city can show. Walking around down there is like walking into someone's wonderfully executed, live-action dream. There are people from all walks of life dressed up as things you never would have imagined. That is what Halloween is all about. It's all about creativity and imagination, and getting together to show off both. Halloween is a testament to human inventiveness.