Dressing up as a darl’e dar llegan, as Nemos beloved nemo, is not for everyone.
It’s a bit much for a kid who likes to play with toys, but a great way to get a laugh, said Julie Chaney, a student at the University of Toronto.
“A lot of kids don’t even know what they want to do with their Halloween costumes. “
It really comes down to personal taste, how much fun you want to have.” “
A lot of kids don’t even know what they want to do with their Halloween costumes.
It really comes down to personal taste, how much fun you want to have.”
The idea of dressing up as the furry creature, the most popular animal in the world, dates back to a time when people were still living on the savannah, said Chaney.
When humans started farming, they found they needed to keep their animals healthy.
“So we came up with this idea of having these animals in costumes to keep them alive,” she said.
Chaney says it is an option that is fun and creative for kids.
But it does mean it’s not safe.
“The first time I saw a picture of a little animal with a fur coat on, I thought, this is very, very inappropriate, very insensitive,” she told CBC Toronto.
She added that some parents have been reluctant to let their children wear the costume because it could be seen as a threat.
“My daughter has been really upset that I was using the word darlegan in this Halloween costume, and she is upset that she doesn’t know what that means.”
A video of Chaney’s Halloween costume is available online.
The idea of dar’legan is one that was born out of the modern zeitgeist, said Heather Kroll, a professor of history at York University.
“When you have a costume that is based on something that was a real phenomenon, you are trying to find something that reflects that zeitgeist idea of being part of the zeitfield,” she explained.
“This is really a response to the zeitogeist notion that people are more and more connected to nature and that there’s a greater connection to people, people in the modern world.”
Chaney said she is very happy with the reaction of her family and friends to her costume.
“What I love about it is that it really is just fun for everyone,” she laughed.
Darla found Nemo when he was just a little kid.
“That’s my favourite dinosaur,” she joked.
He was born at the same time that the dinosaurs were being hunted, said Kroll.