It’s October 1, which means that ten-year-olds everywhere are eagerly picking out their Halloween costumes for this year. I know I was at this time several years ago. (I’m pretty sure that at age ten I chose to be Hermione Granger…) However, it also means that there is an abundance of college girls getting amped up to find sets of lingerie and animal ears for the big night.
If you’re like me, this is not exactly appealing. And when I say “not exactly appealing,” I really mean not at all even in the question, are you kidding me?
I love Halloween — I have a blast DIYing a cute costume, hanging out with friends, and (hello?!) having an excuse to eat candy, but I also believe that I shouldn’t have to sacrifice my dignity to do it. I don’t need (or want) to sink to the stereotype that so many female college students succumb to just because it’s October 31.
So I did a little research. Turns out that there are plenty of fun, unique, and creative costume ideas out there that do not require me to block my family members on social media come Halloween.
#1. Winnie the Pooh Characters: All you’d need is an oversized t-shirt, some colored tights, a headband, and felt, string, or fabric markers.
#2. Indiana Jones: Chances are you could pull this together with items already in your closet. I certainly like anything that’s free.
#3. Rachel Green from Friends: If you’re a dedicated Friends fan like me, you’d be running to grab a black tee, denim button up, black skirt, and apron immediately.
This was actually my costume last year, and I absolutely loved it! I got so many compliments, because who doesn’t love Rachel Green?! For a DIY apron, I bought a plain black waist apron on Amazon for a couple dollars, printed out the Central Perk logo with printer paper, and used Elmers glue to adhere it to the fabric. If you aren’t living in a college dorm like I was, you’ll be able to do a more sophisticated crafting job, but it still worked just fine with the basics that I had! Then, I wore a black tee, a black skater skirt, the DIY-ed apron, a denim chambray tied at my belly button, a short, dainty necklace, black tights, and black heeled booties. I pulled my hair back but left some pieces falling out in the front for that “Rachel” look.
#4. The Cheetah Girls: Do I even have to say anything else?
#5. Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl: A white collared shirt, preppy skirt, headband, and knee socks are all it takes to look like you belong on the Upper East Side.
#6. Flapper: If Lauren Conrad did it, I think I should too. This would be both a fun DIY project and a classy costume. (Via Lauren Conrad)
#7. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Black dress, costume pearls, fancy gloves, and a tiny tiara? What’s not to like? (Via The Joy of Fashion)
#8. Cactus: Excuse me while I go shop on Amazon for a green sweater so I can make this costume. Just stick some white pipe cleaners through it and you’re good to go (as well as warm if you live in a colder climate). (Via LaurDIY)
#9. Scooby Doo: This would make a great couple’s or duo costume. Easy pieces and a little creativity make this a great option.
#10. Rosie the Riveter: Two words – girl power. (Via Ruby James)
See, ladies? It’s 2017, and I’m a feminist, and I’m personally very tired of girls feeling pressure to dress like they don’t have any respect for themselves just because of some (sort of irrelevant) holiday.
If you love teeny tiny costumes with teeny tiny coverage, go for it! If you’ve got the confidence, more power to you. But for the rest of us, I’m pretty sure we also want to have a fun Halloween without having to trade in our morals.