Halloween originated as holiday here in the U.S. where children were encouraged to dress in a disguise or a costume, go door-to-door and ask: “Trick or treat?” The concept was for their neighbors to reward then with a treat if they would leave without any sort of trick or prank being exchanged. It must have worked as this custom is now observed around the world and not just here in the USA. However, modern life has caused some modification to this celebration.
Every year, as the Halloween event draws near, I’m often conflicted as to what type of costume to appear in. As a bare practitioner (naturist/nudist), should I adorn myself in a mask only – which permits me to remain nude and therefore comfortable? Or, should I dress in regular clothing, which is abnormal for me, and be a textile person?
For those who really know me, the textile disguise would give them pause as the vast majority of my friends know of my preference for being clothes-free as much as possible. These same friends are the one’s who would indeed appreciate and understand the humor of me being clothed for Halloween.
On the other side of the fence, being nude and wearing only a mask enables me to be comfortable while at the same time being seen as in the festive spirit. Yet somehow, it just wouldn’t be as much fun for me as I’d still be wearing clothes. But, I wouldn’t risk offending other guests with my nudity.
Ten again, I could always opt to be a highland rogue from Scotland, wearing only my plaid kilt with nothing whatsoever underneath, except my bare skin. That or an ancient Roman in a toga (again with nothing else underneath) are two viable choices. Not the same as complete nudity, but better that than an entire costume, including underwear!
With Halloween being only one week away, I don’t have much time left for deciding which costume option to use. The two costume parties that Aaron, my husband, and I have been invited to attend are both this upcoming weekend – one on Friday evening and the other on Saturday.
I do have an “in case of emergency” plan. We have enough leftover body paint from previous events that I could use and create some sort of last-minute monstrosity if needed. If resorted to this method for the past three or four Halloween socials that we’ve attended and am not a big fan of repeating it again this year – unless I’m absolutely desperate!
Of course, I could just stay home and avoid the social gatherings altogether!