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What To Be for Halloween?? First World Problems.

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By: Blake Willahan

"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." Quoted from every girl's go-to movie for all life lessons, Mean Girls.  Sadly, this statement is too applicable with Halloween in today's society.

I miss the days when Halloween revolved around finding houses giving away full sized candy bars and costumes being actually scary.  As a young girl, I could throw a sheet over my head with two eye holes and be considered the cutest thing in the world.  For some reason, I'm thinking this won't fly in your twenties. Also, can anyone tell me why it is deemed socially unacceptable for kids over the age of 15 to go trick-or-treating? All I want is some free candy, is that so wrong?

So let's get to the issue on everyone's mind: What to be for Halloween.  The 31st is fast approaching and I know you don't want to wait until the night before (my standard) to come up with a clever costume idea.  It will not end well, trust me.

            If you are tight with money or a broke college student like me, you'll do anything to save money. If that means going a week without eating to save money for a concert ticket, then so be it.  With that said, Halloween is no exception.  There's no way that I will be buying a $60 costume from Party City only to see 100 other people wearing the same exact thing come Halloween night.  This is where the coined term "DIY" aka "Do it yourself" comes into play.  Making your own costume is fun, affordable and gives you a chance to show your creativity! Here are some tips on how to make that perfect costume come to life with spending little to no money:

  • Go thrift shopping – Goodwill and thrift stores should be your #1 place to look for a costume if you are on a budget.  You can buy clothes for $5 or less, tear them up and experiment with them in any way you like.  If it doesn't turn out the way you hoped, well at least you didn't spend a fortune.
  • Use things around your house – Your kitchen, office, bathroom, living room, you name it, there are items all over your house that can complete a costume.  Want to be a vampire? No problem.  Put on anything black, mix cornstarch and red food coloring and BAM! You now have fake blood.
  • Utilize the Internet– There are a plethora of different web sites and blogs with ideas and inspiration.  There are even step-by-step directions on how to put together a costume.
  • Makeup is your friend – Any costume can be improved with dramatic makeup…can you say zombie?

Now if you don't have a creative bone in your body and want to blend in with the rest of the world on Halloween, here are the 5 most popular costumes of 2013:

1. Minion from Despicable Me 2

2. Walt from Breaking Bad

3. "Fox" from Ylvis' What Does the Fox Say video

(If you have been living under a rock:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE&feature=youtu.be)

4. Duck Dynasty characters

5. Miley Cyrus (VMA performance)

Moral of the story, put some effort into your costume this year and be innovative. Don't just pair some animal ears with lingerie or tape a beer box to your stomach and call it a six-pack. You're better than that.

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