This past Saturday, I attended a party dressed as a lumberjack. Beard and all. These kids that I hang out with (met most of them by playing pick-up soccer) really like dressing up. Probably half of their parties are themed. Saturday's was "When I grow up, I want to be..." (I don't really want to be a lumberjack, but it was fun anyway).
I was amazed at how many people have said something like "it's not Halloween, why are you dressing up?" Personally, I've never been big into wearing costumes (or even "dressing up" in the sense of wearing nice clothes with a tie). However, it is kind of cool to delve a little into a fantasy world. I think that it's also cool to have some idea behind a party besides consuming alcohol. Oh, yeah, these kids like to dance too...I think I'm going to have to learn salsa.
High five for creativity. No "pimps & hoes" parties here. No "priests & nuns." I think I'm going to throw one during a scholastically opportune time (when no tests are looming on the horizon). My theme is going to be: come representing your favorite foreign country...bring food or drink typical of that country and dress in something representative of it. If you're reading this, chances are that you're invited. You'll probably hear more about it once I firm up a date.