On Halloween and on the day before, lots of students came to school in costumes. It was great and entertaining to see their alter egos this year. It’s endearing to see a student, who was once a pain in an elective class, come into school outfitted in a giant squirrel costume.) Some others: A wolf in Little Red Riding Hood’s clothing (classic, creative, & literary), a couple of military men (their uniforms juxtaposed by lackadaisical adolescent postures), a couple of superheroes, several cats and princesses, in addition to two “schoolgirls”. They were days rich with irony. I kept telling everyone how creative they all were, and it was the truth.
Not everyone embraced the idea of dressing up, which is fine. People aren’t mandated to “celebrate” a holiday that’s been constructed and co-opted by secular and darker forces. I understand the desire to limit time spent meditating on darker things. However, it’s just a holiday! An American opportunity to embrace self-expression and artistic vision.
Then there were those who seemed to be unnerved by the boldness of certain students, particularly with regard to makeup and dress. I attribute this observation to cultural background and teachings on what’s appropriate for women in this regard. (Some of the more risqué costumes, particularly the ones involving a bold makeup look, elicited a few judgy looks, particularly from other young women in one class.)
Halloween is full of lots of risk, bad judgement, and creative genius in adolescence. I absolutely loved working on Halloween this year. Plus it was a Friday, which made it even more fun.