Sure, the aim of Halloween costumes has traditionally been to frighten: witches, zombies, ghosts, vampires and other ghoulish characters. But is this changing?
We did a very scientific* poll and a whopping 90% of respondents said that Halloween costumes don't necessarily have to be scary any more.
(*A Facebook poll)
In the US (where I grew up), people of all ages would dress up as all sorts: inanimate objects, characters from the news, even concepts. My past Halloween costumes include a stoplight, a beauty queen, the Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story, even Universal Healthcare (scrubs plus a homemade sash + headpiece of stars, planets and galaxies).
But you can find lots of other costume ideas too: 1920s costumes (think gangsters and molls), hippies (flower power! peace, love!), or favourite characters from TV and Film (superheroes, Game of Thrones, Minions and more!).
This year, don't limit your thinking to just scary stuff. Why not branch out and consider all genres of Halloween costume. The best part is that your selection might come in handy throughout the year, for all kinds of special occasions which call for fancy dress.
And just look how happy this cat is, wearing a bunch of silly costumes: