As October draws to an end, Halloween stands at the corner ready to jump out at you. The night of all Hallow’s Eve is awaiting for everyone to run amuck with excitement. Halloween, without a doubt, is one of my favorite holidays. The whole idea of donning a costume and being someone else for a day and getting candy for it has always appealing to everyone. However, let’s face the simple facts. Costumes are expensive. No doubt, they are. There are alternatives to the costumes you purchase at the store that are not only cheaper but creative as well.
1. Clark Kent – Yes, Clark Kent. Not Superman but Clark Kent. My sister did this last year since we didn’t exactly have the right funding for more extravagant costumes. What she did was, she wore a suit with a Superman T-shirt underneath it. Slap on a tie and a pair of thick-framed glasses and you’re set. Everytime someone would ask her what she was for Halloween, she’d tear her shirt open and viola! Instant laughter at here creativity. We actually accentuated this by having a group for it – Clark Kent was accompanied by a Lois Lane and a Jimmy Olsen.
2. Kids Next Door – Kids Next Door, battle stations! A cartoon on Cartoon Network that was one of my original favorites. I think dressing up as the characters Numbah 1, Numbah 2, Numbah 3, 4, and 5 would be simple and fun. The outfits wouldn’t be too costly and they would be easy to run around in. For example, if one were to dress up as Numbah 4, all you’d need is a pair of denim, an orange pull-over, white sneakers and blonde hair combed over your eyes. The costumes for the other characters aren’t that difficult to gather as well. I would suggest actually going as a group for this one so when they ask you who you are, Numbah 1 can easily shout, “Kids Next Door, battle stations!”
3. DARIA – A cartoon about the teenage character with the same namesake as the show is one that is easily recognizable. Daria in her normal thick framed glasses, black skirt, orange t-shirt and green jacket would be easy to dress up. As Daria, you should ask a friend to dress up as Jane Lane and travel the streets for candy together. Jane Lane, like Daria, isn’t that difficult to dress up as well. A friend and I had actually talked about doing this awhile ago. We were preparing to walk around the town sarcastically greeting everyone as we collect our chocolates.
4. Josie and the Pussycats – Cat ears are totally jerkin’! Especially if you can get two other friends to dress up as Josie, Melody and Valerie with you. For these costumes, you’d need leopard print or cheetah print. I suggest you dress as much of a ‘rockstar’ as you can with leopard prints or cheetah prints every so often. Top it off with their signature cat ears. It’d be even better if you’d sport a guitar (if you’re Josie), a bass guitar (if you’re Valerie) or carry drumsticks (if you’re Melody). I’d also suggest learning a few of the lyrics and belting it out whenever you can, just for kicks.
5. The Mystery Inc. Gang – Scooby Doo, where are you!? Who doesn’t know who the Mystery Inc. gang is? These costumes are easy to remember and quickly identifiable. I’m sure getting a maroon bellbottoms and green v-neck to dress up as Shaggy wouldn’t be too difficult. Thrift stores usually have these sorts of clothing. Sport these costumes and travel as a group in search for clues throughout the town. Now, getting a great dane to walk around with you might be hard. My suggestion is that you get the person dressed up as Shaggy to carry a Scooby Doo doll.
6. Hey Arnold! – Move it, football head! Who remembers this show? Everyone knows Arnold’s outfit, the plaid red shirt under a turquiose blue sweater and his blue cap. It’s a simple out fit, but easy to notice. It would be even cooler if you could get someone dress up as Gerald or even Miss Helga G. Pataki! Most of the characters in this show are also pretty recognizable.
7. Dexter’s Laboratory – Lab coats and goggles have never gone out of style. Sport a lab coat and a pair of goggles, walk around with someone dressed in a pink ballerina outfit and pig tails and viola! You’ve got a Dexter and his sister Dee-Dee. It would be amazing to walk around and see Dexter chasing Dee-Dee as you go through the neighborhood collecting candy.
8. South Park – “You killed Kenny!” Grab a bunch of friends and suit up in winter coats and pullovers. South Park is one of the most known satires in the mass media. The foul language and crude humor makes it even more fun to watch. I’m sure everyone can recognize these characters as well. I remember during the latest Anime Expo, I saw a group of people dressed up as the South Park characters. I thought it was one of the most creative things I’d ever seen.
There are probably many more ideas that would work for Halloween costumes. All you need to do is think of something that you like and put it into the works. Inspiration for costumes can come anywhere. As for me, I’m making my own costume based off of my favorite anime.
Halloween is just a few weeks from now. There’s no reason to be nervous about what costume to wear. I’m sure you can find something to make and wear. Good luck to everyone and happy trick-or-treating!