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What to Wear: Halloween

Halloween in St Andrews is kind of a big deal. On the night itself, there is the choice to go to the much hyped House of Horror at Kinkell, a “whole-building” event at the Union, or to a more intimate night at the Rule, appropriately named “Scream.” In addition to this, there may be additional Halloween-themed opportunities to get dressed up throughout the week at house parties and spooky themed socials; therefore, it might be that you need not only one, but multiple costumes. Sara Fay talks us through her outfit ideas for Halloween 2017 in the Bubble.


Dressing for Halloween in St Andrews is complicated, to say the least. Be it the different cultural understandings of the holiday, the ice cold wind that makes a Wonder Woman costume guarantee pneumonia, or the ambiguity of just how fancy “fancy dress” is – problems crop up everywhere.

When it comes to dressing for a Bubble Halloween, the key is dressing for warmth and practicality while also looking cute. Long trousers or warm tights if wearing a skirt or a dress is usually the best option. Black is practical since it allows you to change the top and alter the costume if you may have multiple parties to attend in the night. A white shirt with fake blood stains paired with black jeans and shoes is the perfect “Extra That Got Killed in a Zombie Movie” costume, which is a classic yet foolproof last minute option, being both cheap and scary. If in doubt: the more blood, the better. 

Photo: Your Union Events

If you’re a medic (or know one) and a Rick and Morty fan, another easy and fairly cheap costume idea is Rick from the popular television show. Borrow a lab coat, throw on a sweater and black trousers, draw on a unibrow, get a blue wig, and you’re set to go. For all the Game of Thrones fans or students looking to invest in a Halloween costume and a home decoration, there is always the GoT carpet option. It turns out that on the show the costume crew uses IKEA rugs as capes for the characters.

If you’re good at makeup or know someone who is, it’s easy to get creative with your costume without breaking the bank. Youtube is full of inspiration and tutorials to create some really creepy, gory, and illusionistic designs using everyday makeup products.

However you choose to dress yourself this year, be it as your favourite TV show character, a traditional Halloween creature, or American Frat boy, remember to wear costumes that you wouldn’t mind a Pablo ruining.

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