Halloween weekend is here, and if you are like me then there is a good chance that you are still figuring out what the heck you are going to be for all the different Halloween events this weekend and Monday night. I’ve always loved Halloween because it gets my creative juices pumping and I can create any outfit I desire and yet even still there is so much stress that goes into a Halloween costume. Am I doing it alone or with a group? Will people get what I am? Does this look weird? Is it too basic? So many questions race through our minds and stunt us from being who we want to be and actually creating something unique.
On top of it all, it seems as if every year women are expected to wear less and less for their costume. There is this pressure to be the “sexiest” girl at the party and everywhere you look for costume ideas the ‘adult’ version of something is incredibly degrading. These costumes objectify women in the worst possible ways and we need to speak out against it by refusing to follow what the culture tells us is ‘in’. Have the courage to break away from the typical mold of a Halloween costume and wear something beautiful and dignified and unique.
Seeing as that is easier said than done, I’ve compiled a bunch of costume ideas (single and then group costumes) that are not only super easy to put together with things that you already have in your closet but also ideas that are fun, creative, comfortable, and best of all… modest.
I’m going to start with one that I have done myself! Group costumes were huge at my high school and I hated the pressure of having the ‘perfect’ costume, the fear of not being asked to be in a group, and I honestly debated skipping school because it was causing me so much anxiety. The night before my mom recommended that I be Audrey Hepburn… her look is timeless, easy to execute, and people love her! The sheer mass of compliments I got on this costume was insane! People loved it and it didn’t matter that I was doing it by myself because, in the end, I felt confident while wearing it, and I felt super classy as well. Throw on a midi black dress, some bigger or costume jewelry, back short heals, wing your eyeliner and put your hair in a bun and you have the perfect and classiest costume around.
Belle from Beauty and the Beast
This year’s hit film for female empowerment (and best soundtrack) goes to Beauty and the Beast (second only to Wonder Woman) and let’s be real… I would probably try to pull off Emma Watson’s opening outfit in real life I loved it so much. Throw on a midi jean or blue dress or maybe even a midi blue tank top dress with a white short sleeve underneath and you’ve already got yourself half the costume. Add a white apron or belt the dress and put a striped dish towel through it and you’ve got yourself a costume. Throw on some brown boots or black short heals, throw your hair up in a half-up half -down do and you are ready to head out!
Rosie the Riveter
If you are truly in need for a quick and easy last minute costume this is the one for you. Throw on a denim shirt and some jeans (go high-waisted if you have them) put your hair up in a ponytail, and wrap a red bandana around your head and you have a super cute, and iconic, costume. The best part, Rosie the Riveter supported female empowerment when it was about dignifying women and augmenting the feminine genius, not degrading it, and I’m all about supporting that image. It’s super easy, it is assured that people will know who you are, and it is modest in the most lowkey of ways!
This is the last of my single costume recommendations and easily one of my favorites. Mary Poppins was one of my favorite movies growing up and not only is the outfit super cute, Julie Andrews is such an inspiration for me as a woman and I absolutely love following in her footsteps. Throw on a black or dark navy midi skirt, a white button-up shirt, a red bowtie or bandana, a black hat, red lipstick, grab an umbrella and away you fly! To add a little bit of extra detail put some white flowers on the hat and throw on some white gloves.
Alright now heading into group costumes (while this one can easily be a single costume) Grease is an absolute favorite of mine and I definitely want to to do this during one of my college years. Period costumes like this are the best because at their core they are modest due to the time period and as midi skirts, especially pleated ones, come back in style this costume is the perfect excuse to buy a midi skirt that you’ve been wanting. Throw on a white button up, add a sweater, wing your eyeliner, throw on a pair of oxfords and you’ve got yourself a group costume.
Like costumes from the ‘good ol’ days’ but you’ve already done Grease or it’s not quite your style? No fear because the breakfast clubs is one of the most iconic films of all time and being made in the ’80s gives it a completely different vibe than Grease. The best part is that this period of clothing has quickly come back in style so there is a good chance that you already have a lot of this stuff already in your closet, and if not any local thrift shop is a guaranteed success! Blast ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ as you walk from house to house and your group crushing the costume game.
First off… season 2 came out last night and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Second, this is noted as the group costume of the year. It is so easy to accomplish, it’s fun, and it’s perfect for a group because its something both guys and girls like! The best part, it’s another period-based show so if you want it to be good and accurate then it should be modest and no one is going to question it!
Lizzie McGuire & Miranda Sanchez
So… if you are wondering what my best friend and I are being for Halloweekend here it is. This year was the least stressful costume creating period I’ve ever experienced and I think it’s because I got to focus on creativity and making something unique instead of creating something trendy. My name is Lizzy, I have loved Lizzie McGuire for as long as I can remember, and I can’t believe I haven’t done this costume before. Irene and I ran to a thrift shop Wednesday morning and I can’t wait to see how this costume turns out. There are so many perfect ‘best friend’ costumes from Disney channel and every single one of them is so easy to throw together last minute.
Halloween is not meant to be a stressful time… its meant to bring joy and creativity and free candy haha. Don’t fall to what culture is telling you to wear this Halloweekend. Wear what you want to wear, wear what you feel comfortable in, and don’t settle for being an object. There is so much beauty that can be created and shared this weekend… be the one to share it.