Forget election day, said Matthew Taylor in The Baltimore Sun. Halloween is “one of our nation’s most visible displays of democracy in action.” Some see in Oct. 31 only “rampant consumerism” and “trivialized evil,” but on what other night can everybody be who they want to be, equal, the only barrier to success a costume? And houses have to compete for the votes of trick-or-treaters—the biggest drawers get “bragging rights,” the losers “minor vandalism.”
There are important differences, too, said Elisabeth Eaves in Forbes online. Halloween “celebrates the noble truth in artifice, but election day makes it all tawdry again.” Celebrating artifice is “soul-baring” and bracingly honest on Oct. 31. In contrast, politicians usually deploy the “lowest form of artifice”: fakery “in the pursuit of power.”
Then why do we want to dress up like them? said Sarah Hepola in Salon. I mean, “Sarah Effing Palin”!? Seriously, “I haven’t known this many friends who wanted to dress as the same person since ‘Star Wars’ came out.” Be creative—and tasteful. No blackface. Forget “John McCain chained to a bed.” And leave Sarah Palin to Tina Fey.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
- An open letter to #brands about Gamergate
- Did the media get Ferguson wrong?
- The most sensible GOP alternative to ObamaCare comes from a Senate candidate who is almost sure to lose
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- 'Having it all' has officially jumped the shark
- Did Republicans overshoot on the Ebola panic?
- Gamergate has backfired spectacularly on its nincompoop perpetrators
Subscribe to the Week