Dos and Donts for Halloween 2011

by Clubplanet
10.24.2011


Ah, Halloween, the one time out of the year when we can act out of character, and yet still fit in with everyone else. What better way to keep our minds off the impending seasonal winter? If you're still not sure what to wear on the big night out, we've got you covered. But Halloween is more than just what you wear, there are certain mistakes that we make year after year. But once again, not to worry, here’s Clubplanet's simple, surefire guide to a successful Halloween:

DON’T wear a costume that is so obscure that it takes more than one sentence to explain. Halloween is about being creative, but don't be a pompous ass and come up with a costume that refers to an inside joke, or a character out of a movie that wasn't a blockbuster hit. This is a pervasive Halloween problem. If you go as Patrick Swayze in “Roadhouse," people might get it when you tell them who you are, and they might appreciate your exquisite taste in Swayzian cinematics. But unless they too have wasted entire Saturday afternoons watching James Dalton tear out some guy's larynx, they'll be too drunk to care about why you have a blonde mulleted wig.

DO wear a political costume, but stick to the prominent figures - we're talking Bush, Cheney, Clinton and Obama (hell, why not go for JFK as well). This gives you a chance to put together an easy get-up. Caveats: If you dress like Sarah Palin, be prepared to both paradoxically embody sexism and provoke it in others, somehow at the same time—only thick-skinned Halloweeners should don this particular guise (by the way, Bristol's a popular one this year too).

DON’T wear a schoolgirl outfit. If you're extremely lazy, and really want to slut it up, go right on ahead. It pains men to say this, but you can come up with something better. Before you dig up your old uniform from high school, consider what the objective, universal sexiness of schoolgirl outfits implies about male sexuality, and, as such, refrain. There are a variety of schoolgirl getups, but PLEASE try and get a little more creative this year.

DO go with ensemble costumes: these are clearly the best costumes every Halloween. Oompa-Lumpas, Ghostbusters, Ewoks, Mario and Luigi, the 1995 Houston Rockets. You basically can’t go wrong, and best part is, your friends can join in.

DON’T have a “Chickenheadz and gangstas” party, or go anywhere dressed as a “thug” or a “gangsta.” I know what you’re thinking: It seems so easy at the last minute—throw on a bandanna and some baggy clothes, perhaps accessorize with your little brother’s toy gun, and voila: you’re a player! Not only will this not get you access to a majority of the parties in town, but have you thought what would happen if you actually ran into someone than was dressed exactly like you, but clueless to the fact that it's Halloween? Note: Stay away from wearing all blues and reds.

DO go to more than one Halloween event. Halloween parties in every city across the nation will be packed, so you have to be smart and keep moving. Unless you're at a very exclusive event, you should have a Plan A, B and C. Check one party out, move to the next. Check one party out, move to the next. It's a simple formula that guarantees a good time.

DON'T compliment a girl's costume if she's slutting it up and you're a single guy. She'll think you're a creep and chances are you've blown your chances. Instead, try starting a conversation on anything outside of her costume - she'll appreciate the fact that you're not noticing the obvious.


Know what wear but not where to go? Check out our Halloween Guide featuring the top parties in your area!


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