by SYD RVINSKY
Second-year BM Voice
by ELIZABETH WENDT
Second-year BM Voice
Syd and Elizabeth give us some competing viewpoints on how best to make a good impression this Halloween season!
SYD: October. Sweaters, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course: Halloween.
For children, the favored holiday is synonymous with fun costumes, staying out late, and stealing mass quantities of your neighbors’ candy. For adults, it means spending too many paychecks on bags of chocolate that you claim you’ll give to kids, but really cram into your face in shame as your porch light remains dark. For college students, Halloween is an entirely different sort of beast. Around this time of year, your classes are in full gear and you’ve figured out (for the most part) how things work at NEC. The welcome/welcome back parties have long subsided and the homework load has consumed the majority of your “free” time. Don’t you need a break? Couldn’t you use a little pick me up to brighten these increasingly dark days? Yes. Yes you really could.
Consequently, I have compiled this helpful list of costumes to help you spice up your October schedule. And you most certainly don’t need to wait until the 31st in order to whip out one of these babies. Monday Solfege could just as easily become Monday Trollfege. German? Merman. Rep classes can transform into R.I.P classes if you play your cards right. And now, my top 5 picks for the month.
ELIZABETH: Let’s get everything out on the table and state the obvious: Halloween is awesome. Period. I believe that no matter how old you are, when Halloween rolls around we all get excited at the prospect of munching on candy and playing dress up. While it’s always important to choose whatever you want to wear and to have confidence in what you wear every day, we can’t avoid the fact that sometimes people just don’t agree with our clothing choices. But on Halloween, everything changes. You can wear whatever you want and no one will care. Why? Because it’s Halloween, silly!
Here are some of my tips for choosing a Halloween costume this year.
S: For a cool costume remove your skin and cardiovascular system to reveal those glorious, calcium-rich pearly whites! That’s right folks, Skeletor is IN this season, and there’s no better way to make an entrance than by shedding those silly muscles of yours and really rocking the minimal look for autumn. You’ll be the bees’ patella!
E: Think of something you really enjoy or are really passionate about and translate that into your clothing! For example: My fiancé and I are very passionate about the TV show Bob’s Burgers! So, this year we have decided to go out as Bob and Linda Belcher! Watching that show is something we enjoy doing together as a couple, so it only makes sense that we would enjoy dressing up as our favorite characters together! If you are passionate about the color blue, you go out onto the streets of Boston decked out in blue from head to toe and you have yourself a colorful evening, darn it!
S: For a funny costume pull a No-Shave November in October and get confused as the first ever case of a human-yeti (ladies, you too)! This fun costume idea works both as a conversation starter and camouflage in the wild. For bonus points, shave the heads and bodies of your friends for extra material! Simply purchase some cheap super glue and go crazy.
E: Collaborate with your friends and come up with a group costume theme! During my freshman year, some friends and I dressed up as all of the characters from Peter Pan. It lead to some great pictures, and most importantly, some great memories! With so many hit television shows on air, there are endless group costume ideas. Go out as a group from Game of Thrones, True Blood, or American Horror Story. Go for a throw-back and dress up as all of the Disney Princesses, the Power Rangers, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Go ninja, go ninja, go!) There is simply nothing better than having fun on Halloween with some of your best buddies.
S: For a sexy costume, turn a simple household product into something salacious! This Hallows Eve, use that stapler, pillow, ashtray, or even spatula as inspiration for that turnt look! Attach a long, slightly curved, plastic pipe to your back with duct tape and throw on some lingerie to light up the streets as a Sexy Ladle. Alternatively, take a long, rectangular piece of wood and cut a small opening that your head would fit through. Next, slip right into that LBD with pride. Saunter into your next class as a Sexy Bench. Just do it.
E: Don’t be afraid to recycle a costume or costume idea. If you’re like me and you came from across the country, or better yet, across the world to attend NEC, who’s going to know if you’re wearing a costume that you’ve worn before? We’re college students! We don’t always have the budget to buy a brand new, deluxe costume! If you went out as a hippie in high school one year and you plan on going this year, who cares?! Slap on that head band and fringe jacket, hold up that peace sign, and get groovy!
S: For a cute costume cover your human form with sheets and be your pal’s safety blanket! Sashay into exams and plank directly on your buddies to make them feel secure with the task at hand. Do TP tests give you the willies? Me too. But I always feel warmer and more comfortable with my bestie draped around my neck as my own personal safety blanket! Pro tip: make it a couple’s season and have you and your significant other be each other’s safety blanket (CAUTION: This may result in a complete train wreck!)
E: As mentioned before, don’t spend millions on a costume. My fiancé and I’s Bob’s Burgers “costumes” are really just every day clothes. The only thing we’ll need to go out and actually purchase are aprons, and I found those on eBay for less than $4 with free shipping! You never need a huge budget in order to express your awesome costume ideas. Go to a thrift store (we all know you can find a BUNCH of weird stuff in there), or if you’re planning on going as something that seems intricate like the transformer Optimus Prime, fabricate your costume out of card board boxes and color it with paint or markers! That’s a great way to keep your Halloween costs down and to bring your creativity up! How awesome would it be to say that you made your own costume?!
S: For a scary costume literally consume your colleagues. Just rip the limbs off of others seated in your vicinity and chomp down. For a more delicious time, bring a personal George Foreman Grill around with you and BBQ the bejeezus out of your friends.
E: Most importantly, have fun! You should never take yourself too seriously, but this is especially relevant on Halloween.
SYD: As you can see, this October doesn’t need to be one of pure academia. There is more to life than studying. I hope these fun costume concepts have helped you to expand your own ideas, as well as given you some time to reflect on the joys of friendship. Indeed, autumn is a time for fun and friends, and while school is crucial to your development as a musician, there is more to do than locking yourself in a practice room. So get out there and carve up a pumpkin (or your neighbor) for a truly sensational Halloween!
ELIZABETH: Whether you’ll be keeping it simple or going all out, I hope you guys and gals have a fabulous Halloween. Stay safe, and stay spooky!