This Is Halloween

Written By: Kimberly Davis

Pumpkin spiced lattes, knee high suede boots, anorak jackets, crunchy leaves, and scary movies; It’s fall! By far my favorite season, but also the shortest because I live in New York; we go from sort of chilly, to full on blizzard in the blink of an eye. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, but my favorite holiday of them all is Halloween! When I was little I lived in the Disney store during Halloween time, but as I got older it got harder to dress up.

I have no idea when Halloween turned into a holiday where women are forced to dress sexily. Walk into any costume store and the word ‘sexy’ is slapped in front of almost every female costume; sexy nurse, sexy mouse, sexy unicorn. Now if you personally chose to dress up that way, that’s awesome (we should always be dressing the way we want to!); but what about the girls who don’t feel comfortable in these costumes?

It’s time we take back Halloween! If we want to dress sexily, we’re going to; if we want to dress scarily, we’re going to; if we want to dress goofily, we’re going to. While my Halloween plans this year consists of bulk bags of candy (all for myself, not for the kids), a unicorn onesie (pajamas), and a bunch of scary movies, I do have some costume ideas for my strong, independent reader so you don’t end up being the tenth Harley Quinn at the Halloween party like last year.

1. Pennywise the Dancing Clown from IT (2017)

Instead of feeding off the fears of children, you can feed off the fearsomeness of your artistic abilities because this look is going to take some serious makeup skills. Bust out the face paint, and channel your inner creepy clown. Side note: go see IT!

2.Josie McCoy from Riverdale

Josie McCoy is strong, outgoing, ambitious, and has a killer voice. You don’t even have to pretend to be anyone else for this one, just be yourself. Bughead anyone?

3. Eleven from Stranger Things

Watch Stranger Things! This costume comes with a snack on the side, and psychokinetic powers. You can go solo with this costume, or grab your friends and create the rest of the characters.

4. Velma Dinkley & Daphne Blake from Scooby Doo

Step one, grab your bestie. Step two, find a recipe for Scooby snacks. Step three, crack that case wide open because women get stuff done!

5. The Cheetah Girls

There’s literally nothing more empowering than a girl group, plus you get to wear sweatpants do I really have to convince you any further?

Halloween is all about having fun, but it’s kind of hard to have fun if you’re wearing something you aren’t truly comfortable in; and this applies to everyday of your life, not just Halloween.