Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably need some help deciding on your costume.
Being that the students here now are the last of the 90’s kids, I imagine (or at least hope) you have the same amount of nostalgia as I do. It’s a scientific fact that the 90’s were the best years in a lot of ways.
The great thing about Halloween is that this is your chance to revive it. So, why not be your favorite cartoon character from when you were a kid?
These kinds of ideas are especially awesome if you do it with some friends, and there are tons of DIY pages that ease the pressure of preparing for Comic-Con.
Have a highlighter and pencil next to you, because here’s where article annotation and research skills actually matter.
Remember “Recess”? Snag five other friends and you’ve got the crew! The looks for the Recess crowd are relatively basic and lend themselves to being inexpensive.
Take Spinelli for example, the favorite among solo Halloween goers. Her look is probably the most recognizable out of all characters (save for Ms. Finster or King Bob) and therefore gives all of the other characters context.
The thrift store is a great resource for this character and the entire posse.
Another favorite from the 90’s is “Rugrats”. It’s a great team costume idea with a lot of ways to be creative and an excuse to walk around in just a diaper and a t-shirt… Or if you’re uncomfortable with that concept, you could always swap out your diaper for some white shorts.
The costumes for this crowd are a little more involved than those of the “Recess” group, but nothing beats craftiness. Rely heavily on the thrift store and a local crafts shop for this one.
If you’re still nostalgic, have no shame, because I am too! And if you know me at all, you know that my core values are the scripts for seasons one through three of “SpongeBob Squarepants” (even though this extends into the early 2000s).
I’m still dreaming of the day someone agrees to do this with me, but SpongeBob supporters can get their best friends and create the dynamic duo of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (this one also requires some craftiness as well. Make me proud.).
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy weren’t the only heroes we looked up to and the 90’s were chock full of heroes to emulate.
You can never go wrong with the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. There are even shirts you can buy online with their abs and belts printed and ready to go.
Another almost cult classic, winning option is “The Powerpuff Girls”. Who wouldn’t want to be any character from that show?
Basic dresses and some felt are practically all you need if you want to be the tremendous trio.
If you’re anything like me (which, by now you’re probably hoping you aren’t) “Sailor Moon” is where it’s at. And while these costumes can be a little complicated, it should be some consolation to know that all you really need is a skirt (color of course based on which ever sailor you are) a pair of long socks or tights, some ribbon to make two bows, and a white, short-sleeved shirt.
Anime fan or not, we all have some attachment to “Pokemon”, especially today. I know some of you shed a tear when your favorite childhood game got revamped.
If you really want to show your everlasting support, you can go as any of the iconic human characters like Ash, Misty or Brock, all of which have simple outfits that a thrift store or Amazon could help you out with. You can even go as Team Rocket, which is just as simple with some paint, t-shirts and black shoes.
However, you’d probably have the most fun as a Pokemon. I did when I was both 5 years old and when I was 17 years old. What’s the fun of Halloween if you can’t pretend that you’re an animal with superpowers?
What’s the fun of Halloween if you can’t pretend that it’s 1999 all over again?