By Mary Larsh, Columnist
Halloween is at No. 2 for people watching, only after being at a beach.
It is the one night of the year when it is socially acceptable to point and laugh.
Your costume can be ugly, sexy, funny or make a political statement. It can cost a fortune or be composed of scraps from your dorm room.
Americans will spend $8 billion on Halloween this year, with an average of $43.60 per person spent on their costumes, Time reported.
Another trend is how superhero movies are influencing costumes this year.
“The biggest theme this year is superheroes,” read the Los Angeles Times. “That is due to all the blockbuster movies this year like Avengers, Spider-Man and Batman, which are popular with men and women.”
It would be amusing seeing superheroes walking across campus, especially if students walked around as a group dressed like the Avengers.
But let’s face it, most students probably don’t have an extra $50 to blow on an Avengers outfit. If they do, most don’t have the foresight to shop weeks in advance to get the popular outfit.
For those of us still without a costume, students may want to steer clear of superheroes, for fear of portraying a lack of originality and avoid worn outfits. Instead you may want to come up with a homemade costume.
I would consider being a garden gnome since I am vertically challenged. All I need is jeans, a light blue shirt, black boots, a white beard, and a red hat.
A tornado would make another interesting costume. Wind black or grey strips around your black-clothed self, pin on some cheap plastic cars and animals, and voila. You are a category five monster.
If you’re still looking for a last-minute costume, try the Internet for ideas and images or ask a friend for help. It makes no difference what costume you show up in for Halloween. The important part is that you made an effort to join the fun.