<p>Let’s be honest: there isn’t too much thought that goes into your <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/sports/five-halloween-costumes-you-an... costume</a> anymore. For women, on the other hard, there is some serious plotting and planning during the weeks (sometimes months) leading up to the big night. But what does it all mean? With help from Ricky Kenig, Founder and Creative Director of beauty supply and costume superstore, <a href="http://www.rickysnyc.com/">Ricky’s</a>, we’re translating what her costume’s actually telling you—and how to respond to the girl behind it.</p>
The Cute Animal Made Sexy
<p>Ricky says whether the woman who dresses like an animal is a <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/women/galleries/stray-cats-strut">cat</a> that needs taming or one of Hugh’s naughty rabbits, she wants to be chased. “This says you’re the predator, I’m the prey…not that either of us would ever eat a bunny," he jokes. This girl plays nice, though, so use cutesy lines to make her purr—and don’t give up if you lose sight of her.</p>
The Naughty Nurse
She might not have any <em>real</em> medical qualifications, but this woman knows about tender loving care — she'll sooth you after a rough day of work or baby you when you're feeling icky. So if you're the type of guy who doesn't like a lot of attention, steer clear. But if you do? Being sick never felt so good.
The Sexy Superhero
So she's channeling Superman or Captain America? Then she probably thought about being a dominatrix, but her friends convinced her to tone it down. She's saying, "I can run in heels and bet you can’t find my secret weapon." This woman likes Spandex and power, but she’s also one of the guys. Grab her a beer and compare your favorite action movies—and you might even score a segue into sports.
The Gothic Goddess
This girl loves the idea of being intimidating, if only for a night—so let her have her fun. She has a dark side she can’t show at her day job, and Ricky imagines she spends every other night at home with a book. You may be able to help her finish <em>tonight's</em> story a little differently—if you can take the cursing and scratching that come with the character.
The Flower Child
This diva’s the life of the party regardless of the occasion—and she’s capitalizing on decades worth of fun she missed out on. As Ricky warns, you’re going to be shaking your groove thing if you want to keep up with her all night...but it’s probably worth the timeless memories.
The Smarty-Pants Politician
So her costume is a little political? Approach at your own risk. “She prepared for this debate,” jokes Ricky. He also advises sizing up the character choice (a Sarah Palin might get annoying, for example) and considering if she clearly resembles the icon—or is just <em>that</em> loyal to the cause. "Don’t bother to approach her," Ricky says. "She will come to you.”
The Hot Librarian
Ah, the sexy librarian. She’s hiding more than book smarts—and wants you to find out <em>exactly</em> what that is, says Ricky. And while this bibliophile might play coy, there's a good chance she can find one of your lifelong fantasies on file, if you let her take the lead. (Psst. Don't forget to keep whatever you check out past its due date for a follow-up call.)
The Flirtatious Fairy
She's dressed as a fairy, but you better treat her like a princess, because women who channel mythical creatures tend to be on the fanciful side. Chances are this girl's looking for her knight in shining armor <em>and</em> her happily ever after, so if you're up for playing prince, Ricky says a pink martini and complimenting her wings will cast a spell.
The Woman in Uniform
Whether she's a fire-lady or a policewoman, be careful what you say to her, because “anything you say or do can be used against you," says Ricky. She’s ready to boss men around for a change—and you might want to behave badly to see how she disciplines. Ricky says she might write you a ticket with her digits or…use your hose to <em>start</em> a fire. Hot.
The Cleverly Costumed
So it took you a second to actually <em>get</em> what she's supposed to be...but once you did, you couldn't stop laughing. Ladies who put some extra thought and humor into their costumes (think: plays on words; zany characters plucked from pop culture) are clever and have a creative charm about them. If her sense of humor is similar to yours, this was destiny—and you don't need our advice. If it's not...don't even bother. There are more hidden meanings where this came from.