Hi ho, bittens. Anyone going to Bats Day at Disneyland this year? I just got the email from my Disneyland-going friend that basically said "YOU IN?" Hell, yes, I'm in. It's a good time. There is nothing quite like being in the shrinking room at the Haunted Mansion, surrounded by the entire Goffy spectrum (mostly shades of black, with some sepia thrown in because Steampunks don't skip a party), everyone chanting along with the Ghost Host.
A note to the Victorigoths- how, exactly, are you doing rides in a corset? How are you keeping your tiny top hat affixed to your head? QUESTIONS.
Last year (and I may have mentioned this before), one of the girls I was with overheard a smallish child ask her mother why everyone was dressed the way they were. Mommy said something along the lines of "it's because they're evil, and their daddies didn't play with them when they were little like your daddy plays with you."
Are we still this dumb as a species?
Parents, let me make this clear to you:
EVIL DOES NOT HAVE A UNIFORM. To paraphrase Wednesday Addams, homicidal maniacs look just like everyone else. When you teach kids that the Spooky People are "evil," you're suggesting that evil is something you can see at first glance. This suggests that "normal" people are then inherently good. What a terribly dangerous notion.
Rapists and murderers and bullies and animal abusers and sociopaths don't look like monsters. Every stripe of society has evil people in it. Some of them wear suits. Some wear khakis. Some wear (yes) ripped fishnets and have liberty spikes.
Teaching your children to look for the evil uniform keeps them from learning to spot EVIL BEHAVIOR.
This year, I am going to wear a black shirt with big sparkly letters that say "I'M A TEACHER." Granted, I am not the Goffiest of the bunch (I'm more Goff-adjacent, really- my hair is it's natural color and I have a farmer tan), but I think it might make a point.
I wish everyone going would wear a shirt emblazoned with their profession. The Victorigoths can paint it on a parasol.
Yup, we're all normal people, we just like eyeliner a lot.