Salt Lake City (ABC 4 News) This Halloween a lot of people will be dressing up as Mormons. In fact, being a Mormon missionary for Halloween made Time magazine's top ten topical costume list. The magazine says its a great way to tap into the 2011 Mormon phenomenon.
Plus, the editors say its easy to do. The magazine even provides a checklist: White shirt, Necktie, Name tag, Book of Mormon, Slacks and Bike helmet (which is optional).
However, not everyone likes the idea of a missionary costume. Sue Perdue said, "It would be like dressing up as a Muslim - I think it would be in bad taste." Sam Hugo said, "I think it is totally disrespectful - I think its making fun." Carol DeBoer-Langworthy said, "It seems a little disrespectful to me." About half the people we spoke to at temple square in Salt Lake City took offense to missionary costumes - which came in at number six in the Time magazine article - behind costumes for a pregnant Beyonce, Rebecca Black and Muammar Gaddafi.
But there were plenty of people - including many who are LDS - who didn't seem to mind. Brandon Sara said "If somebody is trying to ridicule they are trying to offend, but if they're not trying to do that - if it is good and clean then fine by me." And Stephanie Sala said, "I don't think it is any different than someone being a nun or a priest for halloween. People have fun doing that so I don't see any big difference." Of course, while it may be hot this year - the costume isn't new - all over the internet you can find pictures of people who have gone to parties as Mormon missionaries. Sala adds, "You are going as something you are not - I would assume a missionary is probably not a missionary. So, someone who thinks its fun to be one for halloween more power to them." And again - its a costume that is much easier to put together than say, something like the angel Moroni.
For more on the Angel Moroni Costume go to: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2005/11/the-greatest-mormon-halloween-costume-ever/
For more on the Time magazine article go to: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2097113_2097114_2097117,00.html