Dating & Personals(MSN) What does his costume reveal? By Margot Carmichael Lester Let’s face it, we girls put a lot of time and effort into planning our Halloween costumes, whether we’re going out with a group or with a date. But the guys? Some think nothing of stripping off the bed sheet and turning it into a toga just moments before walking out the door. More enterprising fellas might actually put some time and effort into it. What really counts, however, is his costume choice, not how long it took to toss it together—because a guy’s get-up can send strong signals about what really makes him tick. To help you decode, we got the scoop on five of the more popular guys’ costumes. We asked dating diva April Masini, author of Think & Date Like A Man, and pop-culture freak Jael McHenry, editor-in-chief of Intrepid Media, to do the analysis: Costume: Superman Masini: “He’s telling you he wants to be your knight in shining armor, the guy who saves you and does it all for you. He’s got a traditional sense of values and a conventional heroic outlook on his being a man. If you’re looking for a white picket fence and a couple of kids, this could be your guy.” McHenry: “Superman is the cherry-red sports car of Halloween costumes. He’s covering something up. Anyone who feels the need to sport the big “S” emblazoned on his chest wants you to think he’s super—because he’s afraid he’s not. Run.” Verdict: Hung jury. Does he make you feel like Lois Lane or does he make you want to find some Kryptonite? Costume: Pirate Masini: “He’s got a bad boy thing going on. He recognizes his dark side, and celebrates it. He may be selfish in bed. He may also be a bit of a player and less of a commitment guy. If you’re looking for a good time, short-term, this could be your guy. If you’re looking for Mr. Right, you may want to keep on looking.” McHenry: “Pirates are tricky. If he’s an old-school pirate who has cobbled his costume together from some old sweats, a bandana, his roommate’s girlfriend’s blouse, and a $2.99 eye patch, plus a sword he made himself from cardboard and tinfoil, that makes him resourceful and fun. If he has bought the entire Disney-approved Jack Sparrow-branded Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest™ outfit and worn it exactly according to the package directions, don’t do it. You want a man who thinks for himself, not one who follows the crowd. Yarrrrr.” Verdict: If you like mischievous men, you can sail into the sunset with this guy. If not, tell him to walk the plank. Costume: Elvis Masini: “Chances are he’s got star quality (or at least he thinks he does) and would love to have attention. He’s just not ready to do it every day of his life. If you like men with artistic streaks and some moodiness, and you don’t need to be center stage yourself all the time, this Elvis is for you.” McHenry: “If he’s dressed as Elvis, he’s eager to please. This is good. He wants everyone’s attention and he’ll get it. He’s got a sense of humor—he doesn’t want you to think he’s sexy, just funny. And what’s sexier than that?” Verdict: Love him tender… just remember that he loves the limelight, and that’s got its pluses and minuses. Costume: Vampire Masini: “A vampire costume exhibits his sexual prowess. This fella doesn’t want to save you, rob you or sing for you like Superman, the pirate or Elvis. He wants to ravish you and make you his.” McHenry: “A dude dressed as a vampire is probably going to come on too strong. He’s looking for an excuse to put his mouth on your neck. This costume is the most blatant excuse for groping since that guy you knew in college with the scrubs and the ‘Free Mammograms!’ sign.” Verdict: If you’re looking for a Halloween hookup, he’s the man. Just have him home before dawn. If not, keep that garlic necklace handy. Costume: Devil Masini: “The devil sees himself as the one to rile things up. This man will never be boring. He’s always going to look for the fun in things.” McHenry: “Girls wear devil costumes to be sexy. Guys wear them because they worship Satan. In my book, there is almost no good reason for a man to be walking around a Halloween party with a pitchfork, unless he’s dressed as a farmer. Stay away from this one.” Verdict: If you’ve got a devil-may-care attitude, carry on! If not, keep looking for your angel. That’s your cheat sheet to common costumes. And remember, any guy can go against type—maybe he was late to the costume shop and had to take what was left over. You don’t need to judge a book solely by its cover (or a guy solely by his costume), but you don’t want to miss any red flags, either. So give that get-up a careful once-over to see what it reveals… and have a howlin’ Halloween. North Carolina-based freelancer Margot Carmichael Lester’s favorite men’s Halloween costume was “Andy Warhol and Oats,” complete with platinum-blond wig, black turtleneck and a canister of Quaker Oats. (Note: To get the cleverness of that costume, you have to remember the musical group Hall and Oates.) Guys, are you wondering what your date’s costume choice reveals? See the following: Dating & Personals(MSN) Halloween costumes decoded By Margot Carmichael Lester Halloween’s just around the corner. With all those parties and parades, there’s plenty of opportunity to scope out a new girlfriend or have a fun first date. But what does her choice of costume reveal about her? Here’s a look at some popular Halloween costumes and what they may (or may not) tell you about her. Snow White: One of the most popular costumes of all time, and single guy Chad Pebbley of Minneapolis, MN says he might go slowly if his date was donning this one. “Snow White was good and pure and kind,” he says. “But maybe she was so pure she wouldn’t be interested in a little trick-or-treating, if you know what I mean.” Expert analysis: Now, now—sometimes a costume is just that… an outfit that disguises one’s true nature. “Behind that Snow White exterior could be a wild love goddess,” says Dee Kent, a communications specialist in Dallas, TX. “Don’t judge this book by her cover.” Geisha: A woman who dons this costume is telling you one of two things, according to veteran dater, Howie Schwartz of Sunnyvale, CA: “Maybe she’s eager to please—which would be kind of cool. To a point. I want her to think and do for herself, too, not be some kept woman who expects a lot in return for looking after my needs.” Expert analysis: “Although initially alluring because it can be endearing, a selfless pleaser is dangerous,” says Marc Rudov, author of The Man’s No-Nonsense Guide to Women. “Overdoing the pleasing is actually a sign of passive/aggressive behavior.” Wonder Woman: The famous super-heroine remains a perennial favorite at Halloween time. “Any woman with the guts to don a Wonder Woman costume is going to be self-confident,” reckons Houston Rogers of Chicago, IL. “After all, it’s pretty skimpy. And I’d like to think she was self-reliant and capable. Although you’d have to wonder if she’d ever let you do anything for her, you know? A guy wants to feel needed, after all.” Expert analysis: Jason Pebworth, lead singer of the band Orson, wrote a song called “Saving the World” about dating superheroes. “You’re sliding on my favorite boots/and those tights are such a tease/But you never wear that stuff for me.” The message: Don’t assume this woman will embrace the Wonder Woman persona once October 31st passes. Also worth considering: It could be cool dating a confident woman. Or she could be too busy saving the world to give you the attention you need. Says Rudov, “If you like to feel important to your woman, she is so wrong for you. Don’t rationalize or fool yourself into thinking otherwise.” Oompa Loompa: Nostalgia for a favorite childhood book leads some women to dress like Willy Wonka’s helper. “I guess it could mean she’s sweet like candy,” suggests Charles Grey of Long Island, NY. “But if you listen to the lyrics of the Oompa Loompa song from the movie, they’re a pretty strident bunch. So that costume could be a tip-off that she’s bossy, nagging and lecturing.” Expert analysis: “If a girl is dressing as an Oompa, a guy will think she is not looking to meet someone,” observes Andrew Feinstein, co-author of Opening Lines, Pinky Probes and L-Bombs: The Girls & Sports Dating and Relationship Playbook. “It is impossible to make an Oompa Loompa provocative. So basically, no single girl that is looking to meet guys on Halloween dresses like an Oompa Loompa.” Sexy Angel: Probably the most-requested sexy costume, along with the naughty nurse. “If my date wore that to a big party, I might think she was taunting the other guys,” notes Roger Fedorovsky of Los Angeles, CA. “Of course, I’d look like a stud for bringing such a hot date, unless she started flirting. Then I’d look like a chump.” Expert analysis: If the woman wearing this is single, she’s telling you she’s available and looking for contact. But if she’s your date, well, that’s different. Very different. “This behavior is akin to the oil light flashing on your car’s dashboard,” Rudov suggests. “She is telling you, in advance, that she is insecure, immature, and a great candidate for infidelity. Is that what you want?” While a person’s choice in costume isn’t proof-positive of what lies beneath, it pays to pay attention to your hunches, Rudov says. “Never ignore hunches—they always mean something, and first impressions are usually accurate,” he explains. “We’ve been socialized to overlook people’s faults, and this causes us to tolerate objectionable behavior. In this society, weeding out harmful people becomes more challenging and increasingly necessary.” Hey, if a Halloween costume can help you do just that, why not? Freelance writer Margot Carmichael Lester’s Halloween costumes have included the Enron whistleblower. She’s not sure what message men took from that outfit. HerHubby comments: Of course, the writer of the articles hasn't seen the Sexual Forums costumes and discussions! SF is sort of like the "Super Bowl", ha, ha!