By: Leilah Doran
Sparkling Jack-O-Lanterns, foggy streets, and dusty cobwebs, what do you see? Three Harley Quinns, five zombies, and a turtle? You may not have seen it once, so it must be the 2016 Halloween costume trend!
There are so many costume ideas that people have come up with, or may not have even come up with yet. Through the years, costume trends have definitely evolved. We’ve gone from making our own costume as a cat, a hobo, or even as mothers, to Harley Quinn, the Ninja Turtles, or Zombies. You can see the difference, right? The newer generations have completely changed the idea and expectations of costumes to celebrate Halloween. It’s not as simple as putting on some ears and painting on a little jet black nose. It’s more, and by more I mean more work and more popular. People who dress up dress up to take the persona of their favorite characters or something silly to get a laugh at. Some people go completely scarey to make you pee your pants. We have come to see that we all are different, but we do have a lot of similar ideas and interests. That’s why you don’t really see one of the same costume.
Many believe and have noticed that the costume trends have ignited mostly from movies, television shows or celebrities. Martin Evaristo, a junior, talked about what costumes we will see, “The trends that are going on, so there’d be some Harley Quinn because of Suicide Squad. There might be some clowns because of what’s going on with all the clown scares. There might be some costumes from other movies that have come out.” Superheros have always been a big trend, but it just keeps getting more and more popular. We have the Flash and, of course, Batman v.s. Superman. Like Kala Gabler, Math and P.E. teacher, conveyed, “Obviously somebody’s always Batman and somebody's always Wonder Women.” Besides movies and celebrities setting trends, others have also been in the spotlight as costume ideas this year. “Because of the fact that there are elections going on, there might be a lot of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton masks,” says Martin. He also believes that celebrities influence lots of trends. Martin believes that celebrities and movies influence costumes because of their popularity and relevance today. Gabler alludes, “I think it’s a lot more the movie, the tv, the characters that we connect with in cartoons or in movies or in television and it’s kind of what creates costume trends.”
How are these spectacular costumes put together? “It’s mostly like several months. I can’t actually put a timeline on it. It takes several months because I am very detailed,” states Josef Lopez, a sophomore who loves making costumes himself. Many of his costumes require numerous pieces to them, but not everyone is as skilled as Josef is. Some are just too lazy to make every detail and would rather just buy a costume instead. Buying a costume can get expensive, though. Although a majority of them are pretty trendy, many have said that they actually love the simple costumes. Gabler and Martin Evaristo both agree with this. “I think a costume becomes trendy when you make it out of things you already have, so you can dress up as a character with certain clothing items you already own because costumes can be really expensive, ” mentions Gabler.
Dressing up for Halloween has been made such a big deal and the reason behind it, and the inspiration, may be different for some. Josef mentions, “I think my costumes are always a learning process, like I always try to input something new, like a new step or level into costume design. I’m always inspired by images online and talking to friends about trendy stuff.” Others also believe that dressing up reflects their personalities. “I think it reflects how they’re presenting themselves to be. I think if you choose a costume that makes you look really cool or really cute, then that’s the image you’re trying to portray, but if you choose a costume that makes you look really funny or goofy or silly then that’s the image,” implies Gabler. Don’t be upset if you walk down the street and you see someone with the same costume because it’s actually a great thing. It shows how we all have similar experiences and interests, which is how our culture is created.
Those are only some of the trends that are featured this Halloween! There are so much to see and to be impressed by. Let us know what your favorite costume trend is or send us a picture of your costume, we love to see them!
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