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Costumes, Costumes, Costumes!

October 12, 2012   

Today is going to be an adventure. I’m driving to Syracuse with my friends to hang at the mall, browse for new sweaters and leggings, grab some lunch and piece together our Halloween costumes!  Though I haven’t decided between Princess Merida (from Brave) and Robin Hood (cartoon fox version), I’m pumped just to go searching for the right pieces.

There’s something wonderful in pulling together a costume. Though the ready-made ones are convenient, they’re just so cliché and impersonal. Sure, I could go buy a ready-made Robin Hood ensemble, but where’s the fun in that? I’d rather go to 20 stores to find the perfect tunic, tights and vest than just wear a version that hundreds of other people are wearing.

Besides, there are just certain costumes you can’t find at the store. Last year, I was a hipster zombie. My neighbor was Canada. The girl down the hall was Ke$ha. And we all looked better than the guy in the banana suit (you know, the one that’s at every costume party).

These costumes, the ones you make yourself, add just a little bit of your personality into what could be a very common costume idea. Even a standard witch costume made from an old dress torn up in the parking lot says so much more about the wearer than the fancy, cobweb-and-lace-covered frocks that come from Target or Walmart.

But maybe that’s just me. Maybe I just find the act of finding my own costumes fun, like putting together a puzzle with only a vague idea of what the end result will be. Much like with any artistic endeavor, there’s always a surprise in the final product that makes all the work worthwhile.