Less Isn’t Always More

It’s that time of year again. The leaves have turned their signature orange and yellow. The frat houses on Comstock have erected tombstones on their lawns and strung decapitated heads from their topmost windows. Halloween has finally arrived.

Before kicking off the weeklong celebration, you must choose a costume (or five different ones). Halloween is the one night of the year that you can escape the constraints of yourself and instead be whomever you choose. This decision can potentially affect your ability to have a good time – or not – at a Halloween party, so choose wisely.

Guys tend to take the easy way out when it comes to costume choices. They lack the patience to plan out and execute an innovative costume idea, and they don’t really care what others think about them based on their costume. Instead of conjuring up an elaborate costume, boys will simply trade sports uniforms with friends or drape themselves in chains and wife beaters and go as Lil’ Wayne. Others are manipulated by girlfriends and forced into the male role of a couple costume. And a bold few arrive dressed in regular clothes, with no costume at all.

On the other hand, girls do not take Halloween lightly. A costume is everything to them, and it requires careful preparation and execution. They hope to be perceived a certain way by other partygoers and dress accordingly. Generally, however original a girl aims to be, her Halloween costume falls into one of four categories: animals, celebrities, Disney princesses, and occupations. It is not uncommon to see three or four Lady Gagas, a handful of bunny rabbits, Cinderella, and a sexy cop whose best friend happens to be a sexy nurse. In order to be perceived as sexy, girls have begun wearing less and less clothing when getting dressed for Halloween festivities; lingerie is not an uncommon costume for many.

Most girls consciously decide on a certain costume in an attempt to attract others, but many fail to realize that doing so also makes them the subject of unwelcome criticism. If a girl wishes to be respected by others, she should first respect herself and take into careful consideration the implications of a costume. Self-esteem is a difficult thing to repair.

By Tina Ferraro