It might sound like nothing, but what costume couples wear on Halloween, to a large extent, reveal essential markers of marital success, according to studies.
For years, scholars have seen love as the fusion of two individuals. When two people become attached, they share pieces of themselves with one another; leading to an evolution of each partner’s sense of self as a result of their interactions. To fall in love is to expand one’s self, and to expand one’s self means stretching one’s self to include their partners.
This merging, according to Aron and colleagues (1991) is the inclusion of the other in the self. For the most part, data repeatedly reveals that it is linked to good relationship variables, one of which is feelings of intimacy and connection.
So, how does this have anything to do with Halloween?
What Halloween Costume Says About Your Relationship
The ensuing paragraph reveals exactly what a Halloween costume says about your relationship and how Halloween, in general, may help to smoother out things in your relationship.
Halloween costumes could be expressions of closeness in a relationship.
Couples have the opportunity to tell the world about their relationship in public. This isn’t always a conscious decision: how we show ourselves—hair, clothes, gait—and how we behave—tells the world a lot about our own identities. It’s only natural that we would do the same in our relationships, even if it seems like an unconscious practice.
Unconsciously, happy couples behave differently than sad couples, according to studies. In ordinary interactions, couples in higher-quality relationships tend to use more inclusive pronouns, such as “we” and “us,” rather than “me” and “I.” Basically, by emphasizing their connection and togetherness, these couples unwittingly convey the quality of their relationship.
More recent evidence suggests that for many people in happy relationships, flaunting their “coupleness” is a natural response. This study looked at Facebook profile photographs. Regular users who used images of themselves and their love partners as their individual profile photos reported greater pleasure and closeness in their relationships. This also includes people who appear to frequently celebrate the quality of their relationships by displaying their joy to the rest of the world.
Not everyone wants to flaunt their relationships in front of the world.
Do you enjoy informing others about your relationship? Is this something with which you’re at ease? Your response may suggest something about how you feel about relationship visibility, which is defined as the importance of a relationship in one’s self-presentation. This also tends to reflect in Halloween costume choices every now and then.
Showing the world that you’re in a relationship is what relationship visibility is all about. Consider your unique comfort levels with relationship visibility while you and your spouse are contemplating costume options. Attachment styles, according to Emery and colleagues (2014), play a role in relationship visibility, both intended and actual. They demonstrated using Facebook, that persons with a high level of attachment anxiety want a lot of connection visibility, whereas people with avoidant orientations prefer independent self-representations. People that have a high level of avoidance aren’t big on relationship visibility.
Consider Halloween as part of a couple’s impression control strategy.
Wearing a matching outfit can emphasize and disclose closeness and unity, as well as the blending of self and others. While some people want the world to know they’re in a relationship—they want high relationship visibility—others, who may be relationship avoidant, are less comfortable with the idea.
It can be difficult to find a happy medium. Keep in mind that relationship anxiety and avoidance, which have been found to predict a high or low desire for relationship visibility, aren’t always associated with high levels of relationship happiness. Indeed, the possibility of a correlation between relationship security and relationship visibility remains a mystery.
However, there is some evidence that secure people want to see their relationships, although their aims may be different. While anxious people may utilize relationship visibility to reduce their anxiety and boost their self-esteem, secure people may just feel safe and joyful when they display themselves as a couple.
In What Ways Can Halloween Help Your Relationship?
More often than not, it is important for couples to find ways to incorporate something nice from their regular activities into their relationship. With Halloween approaching, it’s a good time to consider what relationship lessons you might learn from the holiday. Here are a couple of my ideas. See if you can find any more and tell us about them.
1.Experience New Things
One of the reasons both children and adults enjoy Halloween is the opportunity to assume a new identity. It’s for this reason that masks and costumes are used. They appear to liberate people; act in unconventional ways, take risks, and experiment with new roles. Perhaps experimenting with other roles, thinking “what if…” and acting as if you were someone else could refresh your relationship. You may be startled by what you discover.
2. Participate Fully
Many people enjoy going to costume parties. Why? Because everyone is actively involved! Everyone takes part! When people are engrossed in an activity that they enjoy, the effort isn’t their primary concern. They’ll go to any length. You may pique your partner’s interest in anything you want them to do more of by offering them more opportunities to participate in all phases of the project, from planning to execution. If you want to go on a day trip, for example, rather than one of you planning everything and then inviting the other, plan it together, share ideas, and look for different things to do and ways to do it.
3. Be Creative
The act of coming up with a Halloween costume idea and seeing it through to completion excites both children and adults. People will be creative and come up with great ideas if they are given an outlet and a purpose for their ingenuity. Recognizing and nurturing creativity in your daily life and in the things you do together is a vital component of maintaining a successful relationship.
4. Have Fun
One of the reasons Halloween is such a popular holiday is because it allows people to simply enjoy themselves. If you can have fun in your relationships, they will be more positive. Let your hair down! Even though a committed relationship is a serious business, a sense of humor and enjoyment can help to lighten the mood and ease the load.
REMEMBER… Almost anything can be used to revitalize your relationship. Use your imagination, and while you’re having a good time this Halloween, consider how you can apply what you’ve learned to your relationship.
To summarize, clothing as a couple may represent underlying relationships.
The strength of your relationship and your and your partner’s attachment orientations may be reflected in your wardrobe choices. This doesn’t answer the costume conundrum—sorry!—but it does point to some of the issues that may be at play, depending on whether you want to go solo or dress as a pair.
Halloween Costume FAQs
What is an Halloween Costume
A Halloween Costume is basically clothing people wear on Halloween Day. As it’s customary it’s sometimes something scary with a mask or an imitation of some villain in the movies for others. But overall, the plan is to ensure you catch as much fun as you can.
Who wears an Halloween Costume
Basically, anyone that decides to participate in the celebration can put on a costume.
What does Halloween Costume Say about a relationship
To a large extent, it talks about the degree of closeness between partners. It also tells if they possess secure or anxious styles. Openness depicts a secure style, privacy depicts an anxious style.