OPINION BY JOE HERBA AND VICTORIA TRAMP
Joe: Ahhhh, the time of year when the weather is turning cold enough for sweatshirt weather, yet people still walk around in shorts because they refuse to believe that summer is over.
I love fall, and I think a lot people can agree that it is the best time of the year, with the smell of pumpkin spice and the oranges and reds. Everything is so pretty!
Then there comes that fateful week before Halloween where everything starts to become even more orange, and the weather becomes colder. This is also the time when people are out in whatever creative clothing they can come up with.
The usual stigma is that girls are out there wearing whatever “sexy” character or job they can relate to women. I think last year I saw a “sexy” bumblebee. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I saw a bumblebee and thought to myself, “You know what, all other bumblebees are kind of bland, but this one, this bumblebee is sexy!” No. Never. Buying costumes, it seems, is never really a great option for women, so usually they get pretty creative.
I saw a slew of different and very creative costumes last year, and my favorite murmur of this year’s costumes has to be bridesmaids and one bride. That’s right, people are going to be walking around like it’s a wedding, and it will be awesome. For men, we have a little more leniency, but we still have our stereotypical “sexy” firefighter or policeman. I feel as if men like to get a little more creative, just due to the fact that they don’t have that standard that they must show up in something sexy and revealing.
My favorite Halloween costumes have to be couples costumes, because those seem to be the most creative! I have heard of everything from Sia and a chandelier to something as outrageous as a pair of breasts.
Halloween is a time to dress up as anything that makes you happy. There is really only one time a year when dressing up in something absolutely outrageous is socially acceptable, and that time is Halloween. (I mean, you could definitely still dress up in something crazy just for fun.)
If you need help, there are dragon suits at Wal-Mart for $30 and a left shark costume for $45. What a bargain!
But dress up in whatever you want to dress up in, and if that outfit is a sexy bumblebee, then go be the sexiest bumblebee the world has ever seen!
Victoria: Halloween is a very diverse holiday, with the number of the people celebrating it dwindling as they get older. In elementary school, there were Halloween parties.
Thankfully, at Drake University, most people respect the necessity of these childhood traditions in Halloween cheer by wearing costumes. Some Drake students even advance their support and admiration for the holiday by wearing their costume the entire day on October 31. Last year, Halloween was wild with registered Greek events as well as people dressing up with costumes to be Duck Dynasty, princesses or a bunch of bananas. Halloween 2015 has a high standard to live up to, so here are some ideas for kickass costumes.
A likely contender this year for single costumes is Caitlyn Jenner. The controversy on this costume will be overwhelming. The people dressing up as her may be supportive and classy about the costume, or they may be dressing up as her to show mockery and disgust.
As the “Hunger Games” series keeps growing in popularity with each movie, I have an increasing suspicion that heterosexual couples will be dressing up as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Hopefully, this couple will not be attending social events while wearing flammable outfits that could catch fire when the subjects turn around. And just like every year, there will be the couple from Grease: Sandra Dee and Danny Zuko.
Predicted costumes for best friends could be a team of superheroes; each person may represent one of the Avengers. Cartoons may be making an appearance this Halloween in packs as well. Perhaps Scooby Doo and his team of hooligans from Generation Y’s childhood?
With all these tasteful costume ideas and opportunities, there are wrong ways to wear them. Dress for the weather: If it’s below 60 degrees, do not wear booty shorts and a low cut top. Halloween really is not an excuse to wear less clothing than any other day. What kind of cat shows as much cleavage as possible? (None.) Instead, maybe wear leggings under your booty shorts; your health and comfort is more important than looking sexy—I promise.
Drake University will have another rockin’ time this year with events, costumes, and candy commemorating the spirit of the holiday. Costumes, being the most important of all, deserve a good effort. But, no matter what you dress up as, make a conscious effort to wear weather-appropriate clothing.