Whether you plan to join the ranks of rival rally marchers in Washington, DC on October 30, or show your support at a local rally party, why not kill two birds with one stone and celebrate an early Halloween with a costume that suits the occasion.
When Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity collides with Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive, will you side with reason or hysteria? Dispel any doubt about your camp of choice with an appropriate Halloween get-up.
What will stylish marchers be wearing? Team Colbert obviously has an edge with the bevy of options for scarier Halloween garb. If stirring up fear is your intent, choose from politically inspired themes like the bloated corpse of Rush Limbaugh or a reanimated Karl Rove. The Grim Reaper himself, Dick Cheney is an ideal choice. Mix and match political fear mongers for a group theme with the Five Horseman of the Apocalypse.
For the literary types, a tribute to Charles Dickens or Lewis Carroll might be in order. Their most famous characters are a natural for political Halloween themes. Your rally threesome might represent the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in the guise of George Bush, Barack Obama, and scariest of all the spectre of what yet may be – Sarah Palin. For an Alice in Wonderland motif, Tea Party Mad Hatters are an obvious option. Tweedledee and Tweedledum present endless possibilities. Perhaps a Red State Queen? Cheney is hands down the best Cheshire Cat with that signature grimacing smile.
Christine O’Donnell is another easy target this Halloween, stirring a cauldron steaming with eye of Newt Gingrich. Don’t forget the Kevorkian Democratic Health Reform Death Panel if you really want to incite terror in the hearts of middle America. The Headless Horseman is another literary costume idea that illustrates the Chicken Little approach so beloved by fear-mongerers. Jon Stewart’s calmer heads will have a hard time prevailing!
Inspirations for costume choices are much more limited for proponents of reason supporting the Daily Show host’s cause. Perhaps a zombie nation, desensitized by spurious claims and nameless fears, marching on the National Mall like an army of undead Democratic voters trying to muster support for Midterm Elections.
Whichever side you support, have double the fun by dressing up for the dueling Washington, DC marches on October 30, 2010.