It’s October which means Halloween is just around the corner! This year, we’re taking a look at what your Halloween costume says about your personality. Choosing the perfect Halloween costume can take hours, if not days, of looking to find just the right thing. Not only are you trying to find something that will fit well and fit in with your friends’ costumes (if you’re going to a party), but you also need to find something that represents you.
If you love Disney, you might consider dressing up as one of your favorite characters. It’s a fun way to show off your interests while also staying true to yourself. Or maybe you’ll go as a ghost or some other scary spirit. The scary costumes might be because you love horror movies or because you like the thrill of pretending to scare people.
Whatever costume you choose, there’s some psychology behind it which helps explain why you gravitated towards that particular costume. So, keep reading to discover what your Halloween costume says about your personality!
It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and there is a chill in the air. That’s right, folks! It’s time to start thinking about your Halloween costume. For some people, this means searching for a costume that will be funny and clever. For others, it means trying to find something that will make them look as sexy as possible. But what does your choice of Halloween costume say about you?
Halloween Costumes and Psychology
As it turns out, there is a lot to be said about psychology and Halloween costumes. In fact, according to a study done by researchers from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois (1), there is a direct correlation between certain personality traits and the types of Halloween costumes chosen by people. The study included approximately 1,000 respondents who were asked to choose among five different Halloween costumes and then answer questions that assessed their personalities.
What did the researchers find?
With Halloween quickly approaching, we are all scrambling to find the perfect costume. But what factors go into our decision making process? What kind of costumes do people choose, and why? In this article, we will explore the following topics:
The psychology behind choosing a costume
The psychology behind dressing up vs. not dressing up
The psychology behind popular costumes
The Psychology Behind Choosing a Costume
According to Dr. Joanna Weinberg, “It is very common for children and adults alike to use Halloween as an opportunity to experiment with different identities.” The same concept applies when choosing a costume. When you think about it, it’s quite a liberating feeling! For one day out of the year, you have permission to be anyone or anything you want without any judgement from your peers or society as a whole. It’s almost as if you can reinvent yourself for 24 hours and live out your wildest dreams in disguise. Think about that for a second… What would you be? How would you act? Would you change at all?
Halloween is the one night a year when everyone can let their alter ego shine, but what does your costume say about you?
The most popular costumes tend to center around the same themes: horror, animals, and fantasy. Themes of horror have always been popular for Halloween due to the increase in thrill-seeking behaviors during this time. What better way to do that than dressing up as a terrifying monster?
Masking one’s identity entirely is a common theme throughout human history. Many cultures use masks for religious ceremonies, performances, and even war. In an effort to obtain magical powers or superhuman strength, masking one’s identity has always been important in these situations. The same concept applies to Halloween costumes. By putting on a mask or full-body suit, we feel more in control and powerful than we would dressed as ourselves.
Last Halloween I went to a costume party dressed as the Cheshire Cat. As I was posing for a picture, someone asked me if I’d ever read Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland. I said no.
Someone else said they’d always wondered why people dressed up as that cat, since it’s just a creepy looking thing with a big smile. The first person asked what the cat was supposed to symbolize, and I said something about how it’s just funny to see someone dressed up as a giant cat head. A third person chimed in that the Cheshire Cat is actually considered to be one of the most “benevolent” characters in the book.
It wasn’t until later that night when I was home alone and bored (and starting to feel pretty guilty about not having read Alice in Wonderland – though maybe that’s beside the point) that I began to wonder: What does it mean when an adult dresses up as an animal from a children’s book? What does it say about them?
Halloween is a time to dress up. Children use this day as an excuse to be someone they want to be, whether that’s a warrior princess or their favorite cartoon character. Adults, on the other hand, use Halloween as an opportunity to be someone they fantasize about.
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Retail Foundation, adults’ top five costumes for this Halloween are witch, vampire, pirate, cat and Batman character (tied with zombie). On Halloween night, you can look around and see dozens of people dressed up as these characters – complete with makeup and accessories. This may seem silly at first glance; however, there is something interesting going on behind the scenes that motivates these people to become something else for one night: self-actualization.
Halloween is a holiday when people like to dress up in costumes and pretend to be someone they’re not. It’s a lot of fun to do, but it can also tell you something about the person wearing the costume. What are they trying to say? What are they telling you about themselves?
Let’s start with Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat is known for its wide grin, its ability to disappear, and for being slightly mischievous. If you see someone dressed as the Cheshire Cat this Halloween, it could mean that they have a playful side. They might be trying to hint at their sense of humor. Or they might be reminding you not to take them too seriously; they like to let loose and have some fun on Halloween.
The cat costume is another popular choice for Halloween. If you see someone dressed as a cat (or if you’re dressing up as one yourself!) then it could mean that you want to keep people guessing about what your true intentions are. Cats are mysterious animals and people who dress up as cats would likely agree that they enjoy keeping things under wraps until they’re ready to reveal them!
Dogs, on the other hand, are very honest animals and people who choose dog