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What do you plan on dressing up as for Halloween this year? Kim Kardashian? A naughty nurse? Cinderella? Dr. Carsi Hughes fills you in on what your Halloween costume reveals about your personality!
Sexy Nurse Adult Women’s Costume
Nurse: Those who dress as nurses are typically young women who like to feel in control and have a sense of power. A nurse’s uniform is crisp and white and connotes authority. Though nurses have a reputation for being caring and considerate, they are also very much in charge and capable of firm leadership. Nurse’s often cause people to feel both soothed and a bit scared at the same time. Actually a perfect Halloween costume!
Cinderella Dress Adult Costume
Disney Princess: Unless the wearer of this costume is under age 10, dressing as a Disney Princess usually means that the wearer is attempting to live in a fantasy world of youth, drama, and ultimate happiness with a prince. Different princesses have different personalities; however, they are all lovely, underestimated, trapped, and live happily ever after. A young woman dressed as a Disney Princess wants to be recognized by name, which further supports the fantasy of the moment. The next time you see someone dressed as a Disney Princess, I bet, fundamentally, they behave much like that princess in real life, making this a non-costume, rather, an excuse to wear something over the top and call themselves a “princess”.
Jersey Shore Snooki Costume
A reality star: (Kim Kardashian, A Real Housewife, Snooki, Etc…) These people are trying to get a reaction from others and be seen as someone who is cutting edge of pop culture. These are the people that scour the celebrity news sites and have tons of these types of stars on their Twitter line. Reality stars often have fame, but it isn’t fame related to any particular talent or achievement. This is what makes them the kind of star only known by people who actively seek out this kind of entertainment.
Kandy Korn Witch Adult Costume
Witch: This is usually a last minute costume that doesn’t stand out. Becoming a witch requires some black clothing, a pointy hat (which could be made out of construction paper) and perhaps a broom. That’s all. If you are going to a party and you do NOT want to make conservation with others, be a witch. Someone may take the initiative and say something like, “Oh, I see you dressed as yourself!” but that’s about the best conversation you’ll get. Now if you can dress as a witch with a twist (perhaps Glinda the Good Witch from Oz) or have some very interesting accessory (like a live black cat), that’s a step in the right direction.
True Blue Fairy Adult Costume
Fairy: Being a fairy is a very esoteric costume that is primarily defined by wearing few clothes with a pair of wings. No one will guess you’re a fairy. You may be confused with being a butterfly or a professional ice skater. That said, this could be a popular costume because it lends itself readily to being a sexy costume. This is best for someone that doesn’t care about whether or not people know what they are, but they do care about looking hot in their costume. Also, a fairy typically flits around, spewing fairy dust or waving their wand. If you are planning to be social, this would offer up an excuse to work the room.
Ballerina: When young children dress as ballerinas, it’s cute. It represents their desire to be lovely and strong with mindful movement to music. When an adult woman dresses as a ballerina, it’s embarrassing. Real ballerinas are true athletes with laser focus, unshakable discipline, and the pain tolerance of a fire eater. Unless you are so far out of shape and are poking fun at yourself (a ballerina smoking a cigar and wearing combat boots for example) you will just offend someone by wearing this costume. Plus, you’ll have to entertain questions such as “oh, do you dance?” all night long and you’ll be forced to either tell the truth and seem like a fraud or lie and be met with throngs of people asking you to do a triple pirouette. Leave the ballerina costume for the preschool set.
Dr. Carsi Hughes received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in adult psychopathology, clinical neuropsychology, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Academic appointments include Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology and Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies at Dominican University.