It is almost Halloween, a time when we are allowed to fantasize. What is our “dark self,” the shadowed part of our psyche? Is it sexier than we think is appropriate? Do we have a killer instinct? Are we part animal, furry like a wolf or extra innocent like Little Red Riding Hood? At this time of the year I often think about taboos. Society teaches us in school what is considered good and bad, but I wonder about self-imposed taboos—the “never” “always” “should” things we have in our lives. Halloween is upside down day, a day to play with your persona, a holiday where we get to give ourselves over to the night, and get candy for doing it! In the past I have been Paddington Bear, a Vargas girl, a superhero named the “Erinator” and a flame. Each spoke to my mood so clearly, what I needed; and the ideas, concepts and strengths I wanted to play with.
Think about one of your Halloween costumes, why did you choose it?
How did it make you feel? Were you able to act out any fantasies? Did anything unexpected happen?