In the movie Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan’s character Cady sagely observes, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”
Dressing provocatively on Halloween without fear of judgment is part of the beauty of the holiday. Temporarily transforming into someone else makes it easy for us to check our inhibitions at the door; something we do too infrequently on the other 364 days of the year.
With its magical combination of alcohol, bare flesh and a boisterous sense of camaraderie, Halloween is basically Sex Christmas.
“Everyone wants to be sexy,” says Yoann Hurlault, who works at Seduction Love Boutique in Toronto. “You don’t have to be ugly for Halloween, right?”
Boosting their usual inventory of boas, hosiery, fetish gear and sex toys is a full wall of Halloween costumes. Hurlault shows off a few of his favourites, including the classic sexy nurse, a frilly French maid and a female Indiana Jones onesie with the approximate dimensions of a Hooters Girl uniform.
“Many of our costumes are inspired by successful movies, like Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean,” Hurlault says. “It allows people to become those heroes for a night.”
No wonder Halloween parties are hook-up central. There’s something oddly freeing about dressing up as someone else for one night — especially if it’s a character whose personality traits one can appropriate. This allows people to act more boldly than they normally would. If you’re chatting up a hot German beer wench at a Halloween party and she walks away, no biggie. Fräulein didn’t reject you. She rejected Superman!
If you’re a wallflower who normally tucks themselves into a comfortable sphere of familiarity at social gatherings, Halloween is an exception. Costumes are instant conversation starters and strangers are much more likely to interact at bars, parties and even on the street when they have a visual common bond (“Hey, you like Twilight? I like Twilight! Let’s make out!”).
If you want to look seductive but are worried that you’ll be one of a dozen black cats on the prowl at the party you’re attending, you can always put your own spin on sexy. My friend Joan once dressed up as Sexy Kim Jong Il. Jezebel.com also has some recommendations, including Sexy Antarctica, Sexy Bottom of Purse Lifesaver and Sexy Bag of Burnt Microwave Popcorn.