Consider for a moment that you could let go of your pretense and still be seen loved, accepted and respected. You might be surprised when you abandon your idea that you need to hold a certain image; all will be fine and no one will run away from you in fright.
As you watch the children parade around in their costumes remember that you do not need to hide. You are perfect just the way you are and others will love you for the essence that only you hold. If they do not, find those who will. They are out there.