Creative, witty Halloween costume ideas
I like to think I’m pretty creative in terms of Halloween costumes. Growing up, my friends and I treated Halloween as a serious sport. We would start planning our costumes (serious discussions, we talked about Halloween in general all year long) over the summer.
I can remember the summer going into high school, I didn’t hang out with my friends one July day. I missed that year’s group Halloween costume. They were “gold diggers,” complete with gold skirts, suspenders and hard-hats with flashlights.
But I’m not bitter.
Oh no. Because I’ve had much better Halloween costumes over the years.
So here’s a list. I hope it inspires you in some way or form. Keep in mind these are costumes I’ve worn since elementary school, but they can be transformed to be as risqué as you’d like.
1. The four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. While I wore a pink tutu and a sun hat as “spring,” this look can be transformed for the college student. Get basic dresses (or shirts if you’re a guy) in the colors associated with each season—think pink, blue, orange and yellow.
2. Candy Land: Take your favorite childhood board game and bring it to life. From Gramma Nutt, King Kandy, Jolly, Plumpy, Mamma Gingersnap, Princess Lolly, Queen Frostine, Lord Licorice, to the Globby Molasses Monster, there’s a wide variety of characters to pick from. This costume is especially great if you have a big group of friends and you’re trying to incorporate guys and girls. However, it does require a bit of creativity.
3. Salt & Pepper: Probably the simplest costume out there. If you and your best friend are still struggling to figure out costumes at the last minute – salt & pepper should be your go to. Just wear all white and all black. Then cut the letters “S” and “P” out of paper to tape on your shirts.
4. Lawn ornaments: If you’re the ironic or witty type, this costume is a great choice. Just wear all green and tape a picture of a flamingo to your shirt. Maybe if you want to get fancy you can tape a picture of a lawn chair to you as well, but go with your gut on that. I also wore a flower in my hair for this costume, but I’ll leave that choice up to you.
5. Superheroes: Probably the most common of this list, but you can’t go wrong with a superhero costume. Whether you buy your costume from Party City or you wear all black, a cape and cat ears and call yourself Cat Woman—a superhero is the way to go for the person who wants to blend in with the crowd on Halloween night. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet another Wonder Woman who you can bond with and make a new friend.
Hopefully these costumes inspire you to get creative this Halloween. While they might not be ghoulish or horrifying, they are simple and easy.
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