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Trick or treat

Ruchi Asher

Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: Worst Case Scenario
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Halloween is hands-down the best holiday in the school year. I have yet to meet someone who can't enjoy an arbitrary excuse to dress like an idiot, watch really bad movies, and eat a lot of candy - among other things.

The best part of this holiday, of course, is the opportunity to dress up in the most imaginative and ridiculous get-up and call it a costume. Those strapped for ideas have the option of just donning brightly-colored clothing claiming they're visitors from the 80s. Traditionally, girls have it the easiest: the cliché is that all that is needed for instant costume is a pair of animal ears and some sort of sexy attire. Although the holiday is not as popular in Europe, British college girls have an interesting twist on the whole "ears and lingerie" idea, replacing bunny ears with fake blood in order to be some sort of sexy vampire or zombie. With the popularity of vampire books, movies, and television shows in the last year, I suspect the fake blood plan may be more popular than the animal ears these days.

Men, of course, have a harder time with the costumes. Fancy dress hardly makes the average male student more attractive, so they must resort to being creative. However, there are limits to good costumes: when enjoying the holiday, it's absolutely terrifying to accidentally dance into an oversized ninja turtle and find myself lost in a sea of Supermen and Batmen. Fear and terror are part of the holiday, of course, but if everyone you know is screaming at the sight of you in costume, that might be more of a problem than a celebration.

Still, contrary to popular belief, finding the perfect costume doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. All that's needed is a little bit of effort and creativity. There's certainly no need to buy a costume either. In fact, for those with school spirit and formalwear that never gets worn, it's easy to suit up and be any member of the university administration. Better yet, pull out the blood and zombie make-up in addition to suiting up - the result is vampire Barbara Snyder or zombie W.A. "Bud" Baeslack. The ultra ambitious could skip the bunny ears and throw on a turkey suit to create an instant Chris Butler.

A trip to the local thrift store can also inspire ideas a little less academic. From leather trousers to sparkly heels, others' discarded clothes can contain brilliant gems campy enough to create a spectacular MJ tribute or Madonna circa 1984. For those flashy souls interested in cross-dressing, thrift stores offer a cheap way to acquire the appropriate articles without horrifying their boyfriends and girlfriends by wearing their clothes.

Still, no matter how the costume was put together or acquired, the important bit is the spirit behind it. No one likes a Scrooge on at Christmas, and no one likes a normally-dressed person on Halloween.
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