Tis’ the season to be tarty… Or is it?
Ever wondered about the history of Halloween and where the holiday comes from? Well it seems there were these people called the Celts who lived 2,000 years ago in an area that’s now called Ireland and they celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter. For them, this time of year was associated with human death. Apparently the Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On October 31, the Celts celebrated Samhain, the night they believed the ghosts of people who had died that year returned to earth.
Things are different now: “In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it,” Cady Heron wisely observed.
It’s difficult enough to know what’s acceptable to wear on a regular day let alone on the one night a year when girls are expected to dress provocatively. In an attempt to ease the pain of making the decision to cave or not to cave to the tradition of tarty Halloween costumes at the party you attend, here is a composed list of the top five dos and don’ts of Halloween costumes.
1. Wear a costume that makes you feel good about yourself.
If you would like to go to a party dressed as a stuffed olive and your friends would prefer to go with a more playboy bunny sort of look – well, hors d’oeuvres are served for the evening!
2. Save the skimpy outfits for a better time and place.
We can’t all be as fabulous as Karen Smith when she went as a mouse to Aaron Samuels’s Halloween party. So the best idea for Halloween is to keep classy! Don’t overdo your look.
3. Be creative.
Take the opportunity to dress up as your favourite Disney character from all those years ago. If you’re a little low on cash then get your friends together and have a pre-party where you swap clothes to come up with some cute costumes!
4. Get a costume buddy.
Get your friends together and come up with ideas that could work as a group – you can’t go past the PowerPuff girls.
5. Choose a cute couples costume.
Who doesn’t want to see Fred and Wilma Flintstone at a party?
1. Overdo the make-up.
Be careful not to use products on your face that are not labelled as safe on your skin.
2. Be afraid to keep it simple.
Less is more.
3. Use body paint if you’re planning on sweating it up on the dance floor.
It’ll run down your outfit and you’ll end up looking patchy. It’s just a no-go.
4. Dress up as a frenemy
I still cringe at Roberto Cavalli’s bold choice to dress as Karl Lagerfeld for Halloween in 2007. While the idea probably seems sort of funny in your head, I’m sure that your frenemy really won’t appreciate it.
5. Wear something that leaves nothing to the imagination
Remember that Halloween wasn’t started as an excuse to dress up like a tart. Skip the costumes that leave nothing to the imagination and have some fun wearing something that you’re comfortable in.
Keep classy gals. – Melissa HenricksTop photo: screenshot from the movie Mean Girls.