Tiff and Earl

by The Cowl Editor on November 1, 2018


Dear Tiff and Earl,

Halloween is over now, and I can’t be Scrappy Doo anymore. I am currently having an identity crisis. How do I be myself again?

Scrappy Don’t


Hi Scrappy Don’t,

First of all, thank you so much for asking us such a sensitive question. Second of all, you are going through what is commonly known as Halloween Costume Withdrawal Syndrome, or HCWS. Now, HCWS is a condition that affects 4 in 12 Americans annually. What I have found helps me find myself again is that I will watch something about my latest costume. This Halloween I was a Golden Retriever, and to make sure I didn’t lose myself I watched the classic Owen Wilson film Marley and Me. This way, I could become myself again through the film. I find movies where my costume dies at the end especially helpful in solidifying the eternal loss I feel after removing my costume each year.

Hope this helps!


Dear Short Stuff,

I have no idea what a Scrappy Doo is, but I do know something about an identity crisis. I once shaved off my moustache and I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror anymore. Every day I would ask…who is Earl? But with time and tears it eventually grew back in all its glory.

Does that help answer your question?