Slate’s Culture Gabfest discusses Halloween costumes for adults.

Already Thinking About Your Next Halloween Costume? The Culture Gabfest’s Got Thoughts.

Already Thinking About Your Next Halloween Costume? The Culture Gabfest’s Got Thoughts.

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Nov. 3 2016 4:43 PM

It’s Not Weird for Adults to Dress Up for Halloween, Right?

The hosts of Slate’s Culture Gabfest discuss how grown-ups should approach Halloween.

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People dressed in Halloween costume take part in Halloween celebrations held within 43rd annual Village Halloween parade October 31, 2016 in New York.
People dressed in Halloween costume take part in Halloween celebrations held during the 43rd Annual Village Halloween parade in New York City.

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In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Wednesday’s edition of the Culture Gabfest, hosts Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss what it’s like to be an adult on Halloween—and whether or not adults should dress up.

Of the Gabfesters, who actually dresses up for Halloween? What experience made Steve think of adult Halloween costumes differently? And what was the most terrifying costume that Julia’s ever worn?

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.