Why are you dressed so scary?

It is October. Some may think of drinking cider with their grandmothers. Others dream about carving pumpkins, raking leaves, or breaking out those Ugg booties. But there is one common yet surprisingly difficult question that haunts the minds of millions throughout this month: What do I wear for Halloween? Look no further! While clever costume ideas may be challenging to come across, there is still hope. One idea is to dress up as a character from a movie. “Once I was ‘Skanky Hagrid.’ It was pretty cool,” senior Melissa Jones said. “This year has pretty good potential. I’m thinking of being a ‘Big Ol’ Ghost’ with Katie Jurenka.” Dressing up with friends could be a lot of fun. Some interesting “group” costume ideas include trashy singers, muppets, various fruits or vegetables, or characters from the TV show Arthur. A daring group may even choose to dress up as teachers from the high school. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Top Costumes survey for Americans, 6 million adults plan to go as a witch and 3.2 million will go as a vampire. However, costumes do not necessarily have to go along with trick-or-treating. Many teens just like to change their look for the night and participate in various other activities. “I like to steal candy from twerps,” Jones said. “Then, I eat the candy by myself. Sometimes I cry.” Candy has traditionally played a large part in Halloween celebrations. In 2012, $2 billion will be spent on candy, but costumes will topple the largest Halloween expense at $2.5 billion dollars. “People wear costumes to get candy. I would probably spend $20 on a costume to spook ya,” Jones said. On the other hand, some students may seek entertainment by forcing their animals into adorable little costumes. The NRF also states that 12.7 percent of people will dress their pet in the traditional costume of a pumpkin. “Personally, my cat is spooky enough without a costume,” Jones said. This year, the 71.5 percent of Americans who celebrate Halloween are expected to spend $8 billion dollars in total, an increase from the $6.9 billion spent in 2011. “Boogali, boogali, boogali!” Jones said. “As they say, ‘All Hollow’s Eve!’ But I don’t know what that means.”