Halloween Costumes and Male vs Female Brains

By Jenny Hansen

Of course, my girlie dreams of Anna and Elsa...

Of course, my girlie dreams of Anna and Elsa…

It’s three weeks until Halloween and my Little Bean has finally figured out what it’s all about.

Last year, she wore whatever I put on her and lined up her candy in cool patterns. This year, she’s figured out what candy actually is. She’s in the “Why” phase where she loves to discuss everything and she’s quite involved in all clothing decisions.

Note: We still have the fabulous fairy dress from last year’s costume, as well as a princess ball gown she got for her birthday. Mommy wants to use one of THOSE dresses, rather than buy another one.

She and I had these conversations last week:

Me: Do you want to be Cinderella or a fairy?
Her: I think…Alice in Wudderland.
Me: *rolls eyes at Daddy*


Me: Do you want to be a princess or Tinkerbell?
Her: I think…Alice in Wudderland, or maybe Elsa.
Me: *grumbling* Why does she always pick the non-existent “Option C?!”

I start worrying about how to dig up an Alice in Wonderland outfit, or how much an Elsa dress will cost….


FINALLY, a few days ago…

Me: Who do you want to be for Halloween?
Her: I like Princess Sophia.
Me: Yes! *pumps fist*


But when you’re working full-time, carving pumpkins, writing and tricking out a Sophia the First costume, all in the same week, strange fashion statements get made…


And even more strange conversation ensues, this time about the busyness of the female mind.

Case in point:

My first five thoughts when I saw the photo above:

  1. Dang we’re tired…look at those red eyes!
  2. Hubby would make a fine looking woman.
  3. Wow, those are gorgeous blue eyes. *calls down the hall: Honey! Whatcha doing later?*
  4. I need to clean that ceiling vent in the hallway.
  5. That crown is going to look SO adorable on Babykins!

(I had more, but those were the first five.)

So, I go to Hubby and show him the photo. And here, my friends, is the difference between men’s brains and women’s.

Me: What are your first thoughts when you look at this picture?
Him: Gay.
Me: That’s it? That’s all you’ve got?
Him: I look like I’m wearing eyeliner in that picture.
Me: Anything else come to mind when you look at it?
Him: Nope.
Me: Thanks, you just proved my point.

If you have more questions about “manspeak,” click here to this earlier post. If you just want to cut to the chase and watch the video, see below.

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What is your costume? What’s your theory on the male and female brain…same or different? Continue the discussion at the #SocialIn hashtag on Twitter or SocialInDC on Facebook!

~ Jenny

About Jenny Hansen

By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 18 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.

When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm.

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