October 5, 2017
The Ultimate Guide to Halloween Costumes
Some people dread it, some live for it, but there’s no avoiding October’s crowning holiday- Halloween. For those who revel in the opportunity to stretch their creative bones, Halloween is a holiday to go all out. If the idea of putting on a costume makes you want to fast track until Christmas, see below for a list of tips and tricks (or treats) for a fool-proof Halloween.
- Be who you want to be. Halloween is a chance to indulge in an alternate identity. Want to wear a wedding dress? Paint yourself blue? Dress like a character from The Matrix? Tonight is for you.
- Pop culture is good. If it’s not too If you’re going to dress as one of your favorite characters, do it with flair and don’t pick something that was a unanimous sensation that year (I’m looking at you, Game of Thrones fans) or even worse, last year (I’m looking at you, anyone planning to dress as a political figure.)
- Use what you have. Before you brave the dreaded Halloween store, get creative with your own closet. With many costumes requiring basics such as plain colored t-shirts, leggings and other wardrobe staples, you might have more to work with than you realize.
- Be clever. Not “I’m dressed as myself” clever. Rely on idioms, puns and play-on-words to make your costume a hit. Sometimes this can be cheesy but someone is bound to get a kick out of it.
- Don’t be offensive. Self-explanatory.
- Think thrift. There’s a reason that thrift stores are a mecca for good Halloween costumes – people donate things from every decade. From overalls to ugly sweaters; 80’s prom gowns to authentic poodle skirts… the thrift store is your saving grace in a costume crisis.
- Use the internet. At this point, there are enough articles on this topic to keep you in a fresh and creative costume until Halloween 2085. A google search and an Amazon Prime account will grant you last-minute accessories, rare props or specific details you might need without having to gird your loins before tackling your local Party City in late October.
- Take it easy. Halloween is a holiday that doesn’t require presents, cooking or obligatory time with distant relatives. Fall is a season to be enjoyed and Halloween can be a part of it. Don’t stress. Don’t take it too seriously.
- Play the part. Once you have found a costume, don’t miss the opportunity to get the perfect shot for Instagram. Round-up your pumpkins, pour a cider and give fall a proper send-off. See some of C&A’s best Halloween costumes below.