Remember back in the day when Halloween was, like, the funnest day of the year? We diligently plotted our costumes for weeks, eagerly anticipating the parade at school when everyone got to show off their work.
Sure, in reality it was just a lap around the blacktop next to the kickball field where the P.E. teacher made us run a mile twice a week — but for an hour a year that blacktop was transformed into a magical procession of ghouls, zombies and Princess Ariels. It was that special time in our lives when you could sprinkle some fake blood in your hair or throw a sheet over year head before heading out at dusk to plunder the neighborhood for fun-sized candy bars.
But somewhere along the way, a lot of us fell off track. Maybe it’s because the costume ante got upped sometime around freshman year of college, and all of a sudden it felt like we were required to spend $500 to show up to a Halloween party in style.
Now there are pretty much two types of people in this world: People who live for Halloween and dropping their life savings on a get-up that they will wear approximately 4 hours of their life…. and the rest of us who are just kinda “meh.”
The Case for Wearing a Costume
But here’s the deal. It’s super easy to resign ourselves to stay at home to hand out candy while wearing one of those “This IS My Costume” t-shirts moms used to rock in the ’90s, but we think this Halloween it’s imperative to bring a little magic into the world by wearing a costume. It’s been a crazy couple years for everyone, and — at the risk of getting a little cornball — what the world needs now is for everyone to take a night off to have a little fun. A chance for our inner child to come out and play.
Still, we get that it’s hard to justify spending so much money for one night (or a couple of parties if we’re lucky), but when you strategically invest in some pieces that you can actually use after October, what have you got to lose? We’re taking a ton of inspiration from the list 6 Last-Minute Halloween Looks, No Costume Required! because all of the shoppable items make for great costumes, but are also stuff we’d wear every day.
Like take this animal print jumpsuit, for example. All you need is some ears, and you’ve got yourself a fierce Halloween ensemble and an outfit that will take you all through the holiday party season. Same goes for this Bardot lace body-con dress. Just add a delicate masquerade mask, and you’ve got a costume, plus something to wear on New Year’s Eve.
Check out the rest of the list here, and then go get that costume. Do it for the Pink Power Ranger who was so excited to go trick-or-treating all those years ago.