Every few years, my Halloween psychotherapist, Rocci Johnson, is kind enough to “explain the universe” to me. Her words.
It works like this. October approaches. I become agitated by the idea of adults cavorting around in idiotic naughty-nurse and mumbling-mummy costumes. And Rocci reminds me that grown-ups who dress up are perfectly normal.
Me, the guy who refuses to wear a costume?
“You’re such a dork,” Rocci says. “You’re a total dork.”
It’s a healthy doctor-patient relationship. So, this week, when I stumbled across Frightgeist, a Google Trends website that analyzes costume searches locally and nationally, I knew it was time to make an appointment with Rocci again.
The woman is a dress-up expert. She does it year-round while fronting her Rocci Johnson Band at Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 W. Main St. in Boise. This Halloween weekend, she’ll wear separate, elaborate costumes while hosting a Zombie Prom (Oct. 30) and Exotic Erotica Ball (Oct. 31).
Rocci never repeats a Halloween costume. “That would be a travesty!” she harumphs.
If anyone has the tools to analyze the search trends revealed by Frightgeist, it’s her.
So explain this to me, I ask Rocci: The No. 1 costume trending nationally this year — and trending No. 2 in Boise — is Harley Quinn, the female comic-book enemy of Batman. (I think she bangs the Joker or something.) Read more.