Cracking The Code to Costumes


Cracking the code to Halloween costumes is very simple; all it takes is an adequate balance of reality and fantasy. Halloween, in its traditional form, is a time when people dress in extreme costumes and allow their alter egos to walk the streets. Even though self-expression and exhibitionism is encouraged during this holiday, every good thing can go bad if pushed too far. These simple tips will push you to venture to find new and innovative ways to make your Halloween attire all that more special.


The usual concept of Halloween costumes in the girl world is simple: Take any occupation, animal or insect, and make it as sexy and seductive as possible. Cady from the movie “Mean Girls” said it best when she said, “In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” For many college girls, this is their view as well. Normal Halloween costume choices are sexy bumblebees, cops, nurses and cheetahs. All of these outfits expose excess amounts of skin, incorporating fish nets and extremely high heels.

This Halloween, focus on making your costume something different instead of just your sexy alter ego. Some creative costume ideas are Beyonce’s baby bump, one of Rihanna’s many crazy outfits or even Bella from the Twilight series. The concept of dressing up for Halloween was not created so that sex appeal could be displayed without abandon. Sex appeal comes from within and will shine through regardless.

Reinvention of the normal sexy outfit is not as hard as it seems. The easiest recipe is to think more in terms of fashion than of sex. In the example of a bumblebee costume, most would purchase just a leotard and tights. Instead, I suggest finding a tulle skirt with tons of layers, not wearing the tights and adding a spicy red heel. The tulle will add drama and flair to the outfit, your legs will be shown off without the tights and the heels will add a rebellious spunk to it all.


In the other extreme, most of the time “the gorier, the better” is the token choice for guys in the costume department. Although being scary is fun, after a certain age costumes need a level of maturity added to them. For the most part, being directly scary is simple because of its comfort and accessibility. This year, venture from your comfort zone and try something new and fresh. Some costume ideas to consider are a vampire Justin Beiber, Bob Marley back from the dead or Tom Cruise in “Top Gun.”

Refined, more mature costumes for guys are definitely the direction to go. These costumes can even make you stand out from those at parties who are still living in the past with their costume choices. Also, it may just be the catalyst for a meeting between you and someone special that night.

For those guys who still want to be a kid for a night, I suggest you go completely retro. Costumes like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, a Street Fighter character or even an original Power Ranger are some great picks from the vault of old costumes past. To reinvent these and pop some life into them, take the basic themes about them and replace them with fashionable pieces. Consider dressing like Ryu from the Street Fighter video game series; instead of the normal martial arts uniform, wear a white denim vest, white jeans or ecru khaki pants, and a black statement belt. This is a great, mature way of thinking outside of the box, and also it can be very cost-efficient when working on a college budget.

Halloween is a time to be innovative, unique and unconventional. Being different only takes a little bit of thought and preparation and will make anyone the star of a party. So browse Pinterest for inspiration, Google some pictures, go in the back of your closets and make fashion work for you this Halloween.

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