Arts & Culture / Mosaic / Uncategorized / October 24, 2012

Last-minute Halloween costumes

It is easy to find a costume. With the right mindset, almost anything can be fashioned into a new Halloween look. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

College students may remember the exuberant glory that was a childhood Halloween: pillowcases full of candy, trick-or-treating with friends and not Mom and Dad (finally), the celebrated in-class party that just so happened to occur during the day’s multiplication tables lessons.

Without these promising rewards, though, college students may not have been preparing a Halloween costume since school started.
But, just in time for a more grown-up weekend of parties, there are plenty of options for creating costumes in a pinch, and almost all of the materials can be found in a dorm room.

Queen (or king) for a day
Everyone ought to own up to their inner royalty at least once, and as it turns out, it is not that difficult of a task. Grab some yellow construction paper and cut out a crown. The ambitious may be inclined to build tiers into it, but the rest of us may just color in some “rubies.” Glitter is always an acceptable accessory.

To really go all out, find a large branch to use as a staff. Paint it and definitely use more glitter. Attach a personal sign of regality at the top — anything from ribbons to toy squirrels will do.

Streetside bum
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the option to be as dirty as possible. Wear that plaid button-down that has been in the laundry for a week, a stained t-shirt, shredded jeans, or anything else that a grandmother would spurn. Avoid showering. The brave may also choose not to wear shoes. Add a paper cup to this ensemble, and it is complete.

A disclaimer and/or bonus: Do not be surprised when interesting things find their way into said cup.

A character from “Arrested Development” (inspired by
In honor of the series’ return to Netflix, why not pay homage to some of its characters? Buster is easily recreated with a pair of khakis, an ugly sweater and oversized glasses. Holding one’s index finger in the shape of a hook adds a special touch.

Lucille could also be done up quickly. For those who do not own a woman’s suit, fear not! Salvation Army has plenty, and they will not break the Bluth Company’s bank. Do not forget to look for a martini glass to carry around. A Botoxed glare and shouting “You’re high!” at passersby will top off this look.

Hanging chad
College students may be a bit young to remember this, but “How I Met Your Mother” is not. Its viewership may recall that Ted once dressed as a hanging chad for four years straight in an attempt to be recognized by a woman who wore a pumpkin costume to the Halloween party on his roof, should she ever show up again. Ted’s costume can be recreated with a large piece of poster-board drawn up to look like a ballot with one of the punch-in chads not completely punched in. This costume is a good option for those who get too cold waiting in lines for parties.

This one is simple. Wear all one color (red, blue, so on, so forth). Become the color. Be one with the color.

Famous for 15 minutes
Since Andy Warhol came up with this phrase, it would not be a bad idea to be him in his own 15 minutes of fame. Wear a black and white striped top with black bottoms and don some Ray-Ban sunglasses. As for the requisite silver hair, Casey’s Party Creations most likely has wigs and spray-on temporary color is much more widely available around Halloween. Make sure to maintain a cool and detached air, and find an Edie Sedgwick to hang out with.

One-man boy band
They are back on the rise. The most difficult part of this costume will be using the right amount of hair gel in the right way to get the right look: perfectly wind-tossed and almost anti-gravity. All that needs to be added is a hairbrush that one can sing (or lip-sync) into, making lots of emphatic gestures with the other hand.

It is all in the word. For this costume, students must find clothes that they do not mind cutting up, and cut them literally to shreds. (A word to the wise: essential parts should probably remain covered. This is not Anything But Clothes. Nor is it “Mean Girls”) When someone asks, “Hey, what are you?” they get a punny answer: “Oh man, I’m shredded.” And everyone loves puns. Everyone.

Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

Tags:  Andy Warhol Arrested Developmnet Boy band bum Color costume halloween Hanging chad How I Met Your Mother king party Queen royalty Shredded

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