- Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried) in Mean Girls
A sexy mouse is undoubtedly an excellent costume.
So is an un-sexy mouse.
Dressing as any mouse at all is great, because mice are great, aren’t they?
(So long as they’re not in your kitchen of course.)
But in general, yes, mice (in the wild) are great. Wild mice! Mice on the underground are great. Mice on YouTube are great. They're not quite so hyped as, say, kittens on YouTube, or raccoons on youtube, but still - they’re great. Did you know they can fit through a hole the size of a pencil? (Also did you know there are multiple YouTube videos of mice that are designed specifically for cats to watch? It's actually the first result when you google 'mouse YouTube')
Moving on, a cat does also make a good costume. Sexy cat too. Some would say passé, I would say classé. I know it’s not the most exciting option out there but sometimes you want to hedge your bets. Maybe you don’t know what kind of a shindig you're headed to. A (sexy) cat is safe. You could end up at a house party or a gig or a pizza restaurant or a canapé reception attended solely by spies, and a sexy cat costume will always look more or less appropriate (disclaimer - more or less.)
But you know that already. Sexy mouse, sexy cat - they're easy and safe. Easy and safe isn't everything though. Sexy isn't everything either, although sometimes it feels like the world with all its magazines and ads and music videos tries so hard to make you think it is. The fact remains that although your sexy mouse costume (your sexy cat costume, your sexy playboy bunny costume...) may make you feel attractive; it won't make you stand out. It won't make you memorable, and it probably won't make anyone laugh - and those are really important things at parties.
Now there's nothing wrong with wanting to look attractive, or wanting to look sexy. Looking sexy and attractive are really nice when you want to be sexy and attractive. But sexy is just one of many things that you can be. Awe-inspiring, hilarious, a riot of colour, terrifying, really gross, historically accurate.... these are all other options that you can (and should) try out. So many options, why limit yourself to one adjective?
Again, a sexy mouse is a fab costume. Everyone should definitely spend at least one evening of their life dressed as a sexualised small mammal. But equally... a fried egg (your friend can dress as a chip.) A sea monster. The Mona Lisa. A cumulonimbus cloud. The tin man from The Wizard of Oz. A bank robber. A cigarette. A decidedly un-sexy and very scary werewolf. David Bowie.
The possibilities are endless. Feel free to take them. They spark better conversation and the photos look cooler on Instagram anyway.