Patt Morrison for October 31, 2011

Halloween costumes: the good, the bad and the ugly

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A customer shops for a Halloween mask at Fantasy Costumes on October 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The store is open around the clock through Halloween to help keep up with customer demand.

Ah, Halloween, a holiday full of chocolate and reminders about the dangers of public perception.

As of last Saturday, 4-year-old Luc wanted to be a princess for Halloween. Luc’s mothers, Anna and Louisa Villeneuve, a lesbian couple living in Glendora, CA, are as loathe to let him as they are to turn their backs on their activist values. Glendora weighed in as “Yes on 8” in 2008, and the Villeneuves are afraid that their neighbors’ reactions might be too vehement for Luc to understand. As Anna said in a recent Los Angeles Times article, “What I don’t want is [...] the comment that will make my child feel like he’s done something wrong.”

WEIGH IN:

The Villeneuves have a particularly sticky issue on the table (no pun intended), but what has the holiday brought up for you? Share your best and worst stories, plus best and worst costumes, today on Patt Morrison.

Guests:

Anna and Louisa Villeneuve, a lesbian couple whose son wanted to dress up as a princess for Halloween

Paula Poundstone, comedienne and mother; a regular on NPR’s weekly news quiz program, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”; her first comedy CD is “I HEART JOKES.”


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