How to choose a Halloween costume


Instagram/Charlie Corona

Last year, Henry Lyons and Charlie Corona dressed as Forrest Gump and Captain Dan.

Cassidy Mannier

As Oct. 31 creeps up on us, so does the question of the month: What should you be for Halloween?

Years ago the answer was simple: superhero, princess or superhero princess. Now, however, your interests have probably changed, and costumes have become increasingly difficult choose.

How can one stand out in outfit choice this Halloween? (Prediction of most common 2016 costumes: Harley Quinn, and anything Stranger Things related).

Well don’t get spooked yet! These five easy steps can lead anyone to their perfect Halloween costume.

1. Decide between flying solo or teaming up

To begin your costume search, you must first choose between a group costume or doing your own thing. Group costumes can be a great bonding experience for a team or group of friends.
Choosing and finding what to wear is all part of the fun.

According to senior pommie Tate Jameson, the “entire team brainstorms cute ideas, and the seniors have the final say on the group’s costume. We then get together and make the outfits together.”

As fellow senior pommie, Morgan Quagliata said, the pommies have done a group costume “since way before we were freshmen, a very long time.”

In previous years the Pom team has been Toddlers in Tiaras, Where’s Waldo, and Dalmatians (a team favorite). The plans for this year are still undecided.

It is tradition that many NDP sports teams coordinate costumes. The volleyball team has also participated in the group costumes in the past: dressing up in both tooth fairy and hunter related outfits.

However, as fun as these group efforts sound, one must consider the challenges that arise in groups. Chances are, if you are flying solo, you will be able to create and wear a costume of greater detail and difficulty. This is harder in large groups, and differences in opinions may arise when discussing what to wear.

2. Choose a costume angle. The next step is to decide how to approach your outfit: what do you want to achieve from the costume? Three main categories of costume include funny, scary,or cute. Are you trying to look goofy to get some laughs from a crowd? You may want to consider a humorous costume. Do you want to freak out the crowd in the spirit of Halloween? Scary is probably the choice for you. Are you simply just searching for an outfit that you look good in to get the most likes on Instagram? Cute is the perfect path to take.

Relating to her friends’ group costume last year, NDP Alumni Jeannie Mongan said their main goal “was to just go out with a bang for our senior year Halloween together.” Jeannie and a group of friends dressed in shrek themed costumes, including characters such as Shrek, Fiona, Lord Farquaad, the Dragon, and more. Mongan said, “We didn’t care whether people would like it or not, we just thought it was super hilarious and original.”

3. Buying or homemade?
An important factor to consider in choosing a Halloween costume is whether you want to purchase an outfit or make it yourself. Store bought costumes always look spot on and professional. However, these can be slightly pricey, if you are looking for a cheaper means, you may want to make the outfit yourself. Sometimes homemade costumes require more effort, but if you need help or extra creative juices, Pinterest saves lives.

Senior Tara Murnin is a fan of the homemade route. Murnin has made multiple costumes, such as Hermoine, an angel, and Jack Frost. “You feel really proud that you made something cool. If people compliment you, you can take pride in what you made,” said Murnin.

4. Well-known–but creative!
When it comes down to picking your actual costume, a helpful tip is think of something well-known, but also unique. You want people to understand and know what your costume is. If you are forced into explaining your outfit to everyone all day long, you may regret your choice out of annoyance.

However, you want to still stand out. If you go too mainstream, you will end up in the same outfit as half the other teenagers out there.

Yearbook photographer, senior Caroline Strolic, said, “My favorite costumes I’ve seen at NDP were Henry’s and Charlie’s last year.” Current seniors Henry Lyons and Charlie Corona dressed as Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan, a crowd favorite, for Halloween their junior year.

5. Dress Code
This year at NDP, Halloween costumes will be welcomed at school on Monday, Oct. 31.
All outfits must be appropriate, ethical, and recognizable as costumes (no wearing normal clothes and claiming to be a public school kid). The dress code guidelines can be found on NDP’s website.

The final step in choosing your Halloween costume as an NDP student is to remain in dress code. You don’t want to spend loads of time and effort on an outfit just to be asked to change or sent home. Make sure all shorts or skirts are proper length, your outfit suggests nothing inappropriate and for the love of all things good never wear yoga pants.

Student activities director Mrs. Brenda Beers said the most common offense of Halloween dress code is “Students don’t wear a real costume. They just show up in jeans and a t-shirt, that’s not a costume.” If you are unsure if your costume is in dress code, it never hurts to ask Mrs. Beers ahead of time!