|This image from online retailer Halloweenexpress.com is pretty typical in how it presents the categories of costumes: Men: Creepy, Women: Sexy, Boys: Aggressive, Girls: Girly|
In our culture that sees gender as binary, it's challenging to find a Halloween costume idea that transcends the boundaries of gender.
Last week, Fandango surveyed 1,000 people who were going to dress up for Halloween, and among the top 20 costumes - divided, of course, by top ten for men and top ten for women - only ONE Halloween get-up bent gender at all: For women, the fifth most popular classic character costume was The Mad Hatter.
There was a good discussion thread over at genderfork about Gender Neutral costumes, which brought up the frustration of how to be gender-neutral without being an object - like an undersea fiberoptic cable, or a bunch of grapes.
Some suggestions were fascinating, and androgynous:
Dr. Seuss' Thing One and Thing Two
Genderbending burlesque Zombie
A Lord Of The Rings Elf
and, of course,
a Zombie Apocalypse Rescue Team member.
What about YOUR costume? How gender-conforming, or non-conforming is it?
Let me know in comments - and if you send me a picture (as long as it's appropriate) I'll share it here!