Is It Rude If My Guests Don't Wear Costumes To My Halloween Party?

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Is It Rude If My Guests Don't Wear Costumes To My Halloween Party?

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Dear Kelly,

Is it impolite to attend a Halloween costume party without a costume on? Asking for guests who came to my Halloween costume party without costumes.



Leslie, wow.

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Now — the question at hand. It reminds me of a conversation I had recently with some coworkers. The topic was: At what age is a person supposed to stop dressing up for Halloween? That is, when do we get too old for it. Most people thought the switch happened in your late teens or early twenties. At that point, they thought, the costumes are no longer cute and are in fact a bit embarrassing. Their thinking went that at that point you are an adult, and Halloween is a candy-gathering holiday for children. I understand that thought. Honestly, I sort of expected myself to have the same opinion. But then I thought about it.

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