Ghosted? Halloween costume for women pokes fun at modern dating term | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022


As Halloween draws near, one costume company decided the best way for women, who have been subjected to unwanted dating interactions, to celebrate the holiday is by wearing a physical representation of the dating term “ghosting.”

American costume company Party City recently released their new line of costumes for this year’s Halloween. Among the new designs, one stood out from the rest — a “ghosted” costume marketed specifically for women.

“If someone’s blowing up your phone, ghost them in a Ghosted Costume for women!” the costume’s description on the company’s website read. “The costume is a hooded white dress designed to look like a ghost with a series of unanswered texts on the front. The texts include ‘???,’ ‘R U OK!?’ and more. Eager texters will know not to bother you in this Ghosted Costume!”

Ghosting is a modern dating practice of suddenly disappearing from the life of one’s partner, like that of its root word, ghost. Merriam-Webster defined ghosting as the “phenomenon of leaving a relationship of some kind by abruptly ending all contact with the other person, and especially electronic contact, like texts, emails, and chats.”

Urban Dictionary stated that ghosting is done by a person who no longer wishes to date his or her partner. The dictionary for slang words explained that the modern dating practice is done in the hopes that the ghostee, the partner that was left behind, will “get the hint” instead of having to deal with a rejection.

Unsurprisingly, the new costume caught the interest of netizens who did not hold back in expressing their opinions on the matter. Some Twitter users found the costume hilarious.

Others have identified with the Halloween costume.

Meanwhile, some netizens wondered why the costume is marketed only to women.

“Womens Ghosted Costume” is currently only available for purchase online with a tag price of $24.99 (about P1,300). NVG


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