Challenge to those who have yet to celebrate Hallowe’en, or failing that a note for next year: dress abstract. Dress as a concept, especially one that cannot easily be rendered via costume. Dress vague, dress ambiguous. Avoid “oh, you’re a cat.” Aim for “What the fuck are you?” Sigh, and say “I don’t know.”
Inspiration: two friends’ costumes last saturday. One went as a joint. He was understood to be many things, including a tooth and a KKK member, but rarely was he seen as a joint. (Imagine a costume so ambiguous that one person sees it as a tooth and another sees a Grand Wizard.) The other went as “Barry Anthrax,” an interpretive anthropomorphization of the topical germ weapon. He had a flowing mullet and wore his underwear outside his pants.