The question of “what to wear” plagues even the most fashion conscious individual. On Halloween, this conundrum is magnified to petrifying proportions: Slutty or sultry? Scary or satirical? Halloween costumes have become an extension of one’s very personality. They can be used to express political views, sexual desires or deep-seated childhood issues. On a night when everyone is meant to stand out, it is nearly impossible to fit in.
House of Horror, St Andrews’ largest and only Halloween-themed event, has set a strong precedent for potential costumes. The ad campaign is a homage to the American pulp movies of the eighties, cheesy B-list horror flicks that kept the fake blood industry in business. While they did not take themselves seriously, these films certainly went all out.
The committee encourages guests to do the same. Julia Westerman, Creative, describes Halloween as “a unique time where you can where whatever you want, be whoever you want. We want people to go hard with their costumes.” Ruby Redstone, also Creative, adds, “It’s very tongue in cheek. You’ll hear the ‘Monster Mash’ at least once.”
So, what ought one wear to groove along to these retro tunes?
1. Sexy [Thing]
A Halloween classic – If you don’t feel comfortable going full Disneyland, just shorten the skirt and add a pair of stockings for an adult take on a childhood tale. Although the above photo is less “sexy Nemo” and more “hooker wearing Nemo’s skin,” it exemplifies the notion of the Sexy Halloween Costume.
The list is endless: Sexy Professor Snape, Sexy Hippopotamus, Sexy Archbishop James Kennedy… Halloween knows no boundaries. If it exists, then it can be made into a Sexy Costume.
2. Normal Outfit with Fake Blood
It costs a fiver on Amazon. With a single tube of fake blood, an otherwise ordinary set of clothes can be transformed into a zombie-fied version of whatever they were before. Cheerleader uniform? Add fake blood, now you’re a zombie cheerleader. It’s just that easy.
Bear in mind that fake blood on the lips can lead to potentially awkward moments later in the night.
3. An Incredible Homemade Costume
How much did you spend on this? No one knows, but you’re the person the Union photographer can’t get enough of. Intricate hand-laced corsets, exotic paints and pompoms, things only found in a hardware store – this costume has it all. Just don’t expect to pull with fifty different layers on.
Homemade costumes straddle a thin line between “cheap” and “artistic genius.” As demonstrated on Raisin, plenty of third years in this town have under-utilised creative abilities. If they channel those energies into Halloween, the St Andrews sartorial scene may make headlines once again.
4. An Outdated Reference That No One Will Understand a Year From Now
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5. Something Original
There is no photo for this entry, because that would negate the idea of originality. We all strive to make waves, to reach a level of glory that will set us apart from our peers. Halloween is an outlet for the innate competition that exists at all universities, but at this one most of all.
Harley Quinn? A pun costume? Sexy Stormtrooper? None of these fulfil the oft-ignored tenets of Halloween: Be scary. Be funny. Be cool. But most of all, be yourself.