Halloween @ UVic – 5 costumes that will keep em guessing

Whether you’re dressing up for class, your prof is handing out prizes (bonus marks??? Do it.) for the best costumes, trying to impress that campus crush, visiting cluster parties or downtown during Halloweekend, or celebrating Halloween in any form, this post is for you. 

Unfortunately, sweats and a hoodie and calling yourself a “stressed UVic student” isn’t really cutting it in terms of costumes. Well student, don’t stress further. You’ve come to the right place. 

I also understand that you may not have the time to travel to the Halloween costume store at this point in the semester, and probably don’t want to spend the money either. These costumes are both time and cost-friendly. 

To tackle Halloween on campus like a pro, here are 5 costumes that will impress, put your audience in awe at your creativity, and keep em’ guessing. 

1. The couple who goes to the pumpkin patch just to take Instagram pictures.

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

This can be done as a single or a duo. Throw on your North Face jacket, grab a plaid scarf, and get ready to smile like an Instagram influencer.

Your most fall outfit will work just fine for this one. You could even take it to the next level by carrying a pumpkin as a prop.

2. Why did the chicken cross the road?/Roadkill

A plain black t-shirt will be great for this one. Iron on strips of white felt, or use a white fabric market to make road lines. Stick a rubber chicken on the front of it and you’re good to go.

What I love about this one, is that you can tell people you’re either title, and they’ll never know the difference.

3. The West Coast version of you

Blundstones are mandatory. As expensive as they are, you probably already have them, or know someone who does.

Next, find a brand name fleece from Eddie Bauer or Patagonia, grab a Tim Hortons coffee cup, and you’re set. Vancouver Island for life, man.

4. Your parents from the 90s

Find a picture of your parents from their prime, and try to imitate their clothing, hairstyles, accessories, eyewear, etc. The thrift store will be your best friend for this one (especially the downstairs Vintage Section of The Patch!)

5. Stressed UVic Student- but amp it up a bit!

Okay, I know I said this was a no-go, but if you absolutely have to, at least put in some effort. Hoodie and sweats are great, but have you considered taping empty coffee cups from Biblio to yourself to emphasize your caffeine intake? Carrying around a printed out copy of the Group Study Room Library schedule? Birkenstocks with socks? How about walking with an open Macbook, because this is your only time to do your reading? Raise the stakes.

And if all else fails, you can always go as a Harry Potter character.

In all seriousness, please be mindful of other people’s cultures and celebrations when constructing the perfect costume. Consider the implications to the environment when you’re buying new costume pieces if you have clothes at home that work just fine. Most importantly, have fun and be safe!

Happy Halloween @ UVic!

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