In high school, I was a grade A nerd (about the only thing I actually got an A in). I achieved this status because I was obsessed with comic books, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Anime. My biggest hobby and passion was cosplay. I dressed up as every character I loved from Buttercup in the Powerpuff girls to Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion (look it up). Halloween is probably my favorite holiday because it brings back this want and sometimes need to be someone else for the day. Walking into a comic convention or an anime convention as your favorite character is a thrill. The second the first person recognizes you, you get a rush like I imagine a celebrity gets when being recognized. You’re treated like that person’s best friend within seconds of knowing them and everyone wants to take your picture. The time and effort and MONEY that you put into the costume are all worth it.
While most people will never go to a convention of this kind in costume, Halloween is a good way to feel these emotions. Getting to put on a mask and momentarily forget who you are is a kind of release I think we all need at some point during the year. So get creative, pull those neon tights, stick that fake mustache to your face, and stuff your butt to make it look huge. Get out there and be someone else tonight and enjoy the escape from your reality.