The most obvious way you can get festive is to dress up. One problem people seem to run into is deciding what costume is right for them. Throughout the years I've had some pretty interesting costumes, including; Judge Judy, a Siamese twin alien (Assistant Program Director Desa Bolger being my other half), and the world's worst mime. I can attribute most of these to my crafty mom, but the best costumes are the ones you come up with yourself. DIY costumes are great and can be cheaper than buying a regular costume, but when you do it yourself it's easy to miss the mark and fall short.
One thing to remember is that the costumes that are the easiest to make also tend to be the most overdone. Costumes like a ‘black cat’ are basic and overused. Don’t get me wrong, iIve been there and done that- but eight grade was a hard time for everyone and frankly when I look back, even then I knew it was a poor excuse for a costume. If you take one of these basic costumes like a pirate or a nerd and bring it up to the next level with a killer outfit or snazzy makeup it can pass, but to be safe I would just avoid them completely.
Wearing a costume that you like and feel good in will make your Halloween significantly more fun. You can go online for references or rack your brain to find a cool costumes. Group costumes and couple costumes are also a super fun option and lead to really cute photos. Although finding a costume can be a drag, and Halloween will probably never be as exciting as it once was. But it's always fun to be festive. And let's not forget the most important part of Halloween anyways- the candy.
- Abby Olszanowski