Halloween fashion: Flaunt your haunt
October 25, 2012 | 12:00 am
(Updated: February 25, 2013 | 12:57 pm)
It’s that time of year again – my favorite – when our alter egos can come out to play. We can’t always run around in our favorite superhero costumes. The dilemma lies in deciding which personality to flaunt during the few short days we can. Here are a few ideas to get you started, but remember, the best costumes are always those created from your own imagination. And, if you display an air of mystery, you may get the chance to take trick- or-treating to a whole new level.
For the Boo-ys
Pan-tastic: It seems as if Pan is always lurking somewhere, just beyond in the shadows and waiting to cause some mischief. It never fails; there’s always one at the party, but if you go this route, be sure to do it all the way. (Think goat hooves, fur and all).
Pirates and Parrots: Pirates have always been cool, and yes, they still are. So wear your best swashbuckling outfit. Don a wig and sideburns, and even a peg leg (if you can figure that one out). Not only will you get to carry a sword around, but you can also say things like “Arrgh, matey.” Ask nicely, and maybe your partner will dress the part of the parrot.
Post-apocalyptic Predators: Walkers are among us, and they’re hungry for flesh. Up the zombie ante and stay in character all night long. Or, go as a group and really start an army.
Hunger Strike: Speaking of group costumes, try dressing up in District 1 outfits (they’re the most stylish, after all) complete with picket signs to protest the Hunger Games. It will be your way of joining the rebellion.
One-Night Stand: It’s an oldie but a goodie. Make a table (covered in tablecloth) that you wear around your waist. Glue an ashtray, matches and condoms on the top of the table, and finish the look off with a lampshade on your head.
For the Ghouls
Not Impressed!: Wear a leotard, slick back your hair and wear a sourpuss face like U.S. Olympic star McKayla Maroney, and let the night’s festivities impress you.
Freudian Slip: In addition to being clever, this costume is easy to pull together. Use a sharpie to write the word “Freud” on a long, silky slip – and ta-da! – you’re done.
Blood Lust: Vampires have a certain sex appeal about them, but it’s always better when the gals dress up as these monstrous creatures. Maybe it has something to do with power.
Tattoo Artist: Sport your own tattoos or draw some on with colored markers. Then go around and tattoo anyone who will let you. You can even carry around sample tattoos that you’ve drawn so people can choose a design. It’ll be a great conversation starter.
’70s Superstar: Choose any character from Jesus Christ Superstar and modernize the look for 2012 while still incorporating some vintage ’70s pieces.
Ghost Busted: Sometimes, Halloween has a way of sneaking up on us. Rather than being something boring like a ghost, why not pull some random closet items and make your own title?
Dead Wrong: While it may show your affinity for current events, please don’t dress up as a famous figure that recently passed away. Have some class, people!
Fairies: These are great costumes for Pride, but try to step out of the box for Halloween.
Political Figures: Yes, we’re all anticipating the upcoming election but avoid political costumes unless you want to debate all night long.
Bye Bye, Baby: Anyone who ever thought that dressing up like a baby was a good idea should really have their head examined. No candy for you!