How To Absolutely Kill It On Halloween For Once In Your Damn Life


It’s October, so if you don’t have your Halloween costume idea planned out, you’re already behind. The average basic has been planning since at least August, with the most extra among us having been stressed about this highest of holidays since July. Personally, I’ve been preparing for this day since November 1. But that’s just me. For the rest of you scrambling about how to make this day the dopest on the ropest, I’m here.

Come Up With A Creative Costume

This is harder than it seems, because you, Basic, are frantically googling and Pinteresting “Halloween Costume 2017.” Do you know what that’s going to get you? The same fucking costume that every other Becky from WVU to ASU and every party school in between is wearing this year. Do not. Coming up with creative costumes can be difficult, but you have to google things in a way other people are not. My following search suggestions will be helpful.

Most Popular Movies By Year
A quick google search of the biggest blockbusters of 1995 (for example) will yield search results such as “Toy Story,” “Batman Forever,” “Clueless,” “Ace Ventura,” “Casper,” “Braveheart,” and a ton of others. From these titles alone, you can come up with a million different costumes based on characters from each movie. Google popular movies from any and every year your heart desires, and you’ll find several title films with costume characters that are recognizable to every generation.

Most Popular TV Shows By Year
Similarly, a search of TV shows from 1995 gives ust “The Fresh Prince,” “The Nanny,” “Rugrats,” “Animaniacs” and more.

Classic Toys/Board Games
Toys and Board games are almost always made up of interesting, colorful characters, because, uhh, duh, they’re made for kids. Dressing up as a sky dancer, or a troll doll, or a Lisa Frank dancing bear is always cute.

Scroll Through News Outlets
If you’re looking for something topical, I’d suggest looking through any news or pop culture outlet’s main feed, and reading headline after headline until you see something relevant from the past several months that you can turn into a costume. Whether this is a pop culture reference or world news, you don’t have to “come up” with it, you just need to remember it. It’s all there for the taking on the world wide web if you’re navigating it correctly.

Do It Yourself

Nothing is more offensive to a seasoned Hallokween than a store-bought costume. Gross. Having the same costume idea as someone else is embarrassing enough, but showing up in the literal same $100 polyester bodysuit that everyone else is wearing is much, much worse. You can own Halloween by putting some creativity behind your costume and making it yourself. Or at least piecing it together yourself. You’ll end up with something original, and also something that doesn’t feel like it will disintegrate in your hands if you touch it for too long.


Halloween is a time to be extra. Do not show up as a bumble bee wearing the same makeup you wear every single day. Do bees have basic bitch face? No. Their faces look like fucking bees. Because they’re bees. Don’t just put your back into it this Halloween. Put your face into it. Transforming your ~lewk~ beyond just your outfit will make all the difference. I guarantee, whatever costume you put your mind to, there’s a makeup tutorial for that. You spend all your money at Sephora anyway. Make it useful.


Accessories and props can be a real bitch, but they also amp it up a ton. The more attention you pay to detail, the more payoff you’ll have in the end. The little things are what separate the girls who came up with their costume three hours ago, and wore ears with a slutty dress from the girls who came to stand out and slay. And that, my friend, is you. Or maybe it’s not. I don’t know your life.

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Veronica Ruckh

Veronica (@VeronicaRuckh) is the Director of Total Sorority Move for Grandex, Inc. After having spent her undergraduate years drinking $4 double LITs on a patio and drunk texting away potential suitors, she managed to graduate with an impressive GPA and an unimpressive engagement ring -- so unimpressive, in fact, some might say it's not there at all. Veronica has since been fulfilling her duties as "America's big," a title she gave to herself with the help of her giant ego. She has recently switched from vodka to wine on weekdays. Email her at [email protected]

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