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The Different Types of Costumes You See on Halloween

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BC chapter.

As we all know, Halloween is quickly approaching. With the upcoming holiday, though, comes the stress of figuring out what to dress up as. If you’re like me, you have no clue what to be for Halloween this year. Here are the most common types of costumes to get your brain thinking about what you may want to (or not want to) dress up as in a few weeks: 

1. The Basic Costume

Every year, you can rely on girls to dress up as cats, bunnies, or the devil. These costumes are always cute, but do not require much thought or creativity. Nevertheless, I can proudly say that I dressed up as a cat last year and I loved it.

2. The Couple Costume

While some of us single people won’t be wearing this type of costume for Halloween, there are a lot of cute costumes for couples. To be honest, these are my favorite types of costumes because they’re usually really funny and they make for great Instagram posts.

3. Group Costumes

If you have a big group of friends and want to do something together, this is a fun option for costumes. Some ideas include dressing up as Disney princesses, superheroes, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There are a lot of ways to get creative with this type of costume.

4. The Warm Costume

Let’s face it: going out on Halloween is tough because it’s always pretty chilly outside. Some people embrace the cold and go as skiers. Other people find ways to incorporate a scarf, gloves, or a warm hat into their outfits. If all else fails, grab a unicorn onesie and you’ll have a unique costume for sure.

5. The Over-the-Top Costume

If you’ve seen the movie “Mean Girls,” Cady Heron’s costume is the perfect example of over-the-top. Every year, there are people with costumes that are a little more extravagant than everyone else’s. Wear an over-the-top costume and you’ll definitely stand out. 

6. The Minimal Costume

Some years, people just don’t have the motivation to put together an elaborate costume. One year, when I was in high school, I honestly just put on a mask because I couldn’t think of anything else that I wanted to be for Halloween. You can still have a good time with friends without having a fancy costume. 

7. The Sporty Costume

It’s always fun to wear a big jersey and Converse for Halloween. It’s an easy, cute costume that doesn’t cost a lot, especially if you borrow a jersey or a shirt from someone else. 

8. The Clever Costume

I’m constantly impressed with the costumes that some people come up with for Halloween that require a little extra thought. I personally don’t think that there’s anything better than a costume with a pun. 

Regardless of what type of costume you choose to wear this year, have a safe and fun Halloween! Happy costume hunting, BC! 

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Molly is a senior at Boston College studying Communication and Political Science. She is currently a Campus Corespondent for Her Campus BC and is looking forward to writing articles! She loves to travel, hangout with her friends, and go on adventures. Her mantra is "If you are always trying to be normal, you'll never know how amazing you can be" - Maya Angelou.