Frankenstein is a scary dude. People freak when he leaves the house. One night a year, however, he can go for a night on the town. No one seems to care. Some might compliment how awesome his costume is, but they better not light any pumpkins around him, though. Fire bad!
I'm Going As Myself! - a holiday trope that would allow an otherwise unsightly character to go out into the public and be accepted - even admired - by those who would otherwise flee in terror. Typically used but not limited to a Halloween gag, this trope often appears during parties, masquerades, or contests. In some cases, it pays to be ugly.
Better luck next time, little buddy ...
*looks down and kicks a rock*
On the other hand, someone might have a secret identity, but goes to the party as himself, or herself, until they give themselves away ...
"You must be Batman ..." "Kitty want some candy?"
They might not be at a party at all. They could be out any day of the year, but who said you can't wear a costume any day of the year?
"Nice costume, Stinky!"
This trope is mostly expected if the story happens to have Halloween thrown into the mix, but there are creative ways to have undesirable characters come out and be accepted for who they are, even if only for a moment. Just be careful - or else they'll put a spell on you!
Have any of your stories warranted the use of I'm Going As Myself? What other stories or movies have you seen this trope used before?
I'm David, and this year, I'm going as this guy!
Now to find the clothing to match - and some rum ...