10 Halloween Costumes For Everybody Who Procrastinated

10 Halloween Costumes For Everybody Who Procrastinated

1. A potato

Ah, Hallow-weekend. The most anticipated time of the year for college students everywhere. This is the one time of year that it’s appropriate to dress like a complete weirdo and to go out every single night of the week and then go to your 8 a.m. class with leftover makeup on and a bit still hungover. If this is your first Halloweekend or you literally live for this holiday, you probably already have all your costumes planned out. Heck, you probably coordinated every group costume and prepared everything weeks in advance. If you’re anything like me, you probably will decide what to wear an hour before you leave the house. If you’re really like me, you don’t want to be basic about Halloween costumes.

That being said, I’m a pro and here are my 10 best costumes for Halloween procrastinators!

1. A potato

All you need is a big brown t-shirt. If you want to really get into it AND have a snack at the same time, feel free to carry around potato items such as potato chips, mashed potatoes, french fries...the list goes on! After all, you are what you eat!

2. A Hanging Chad

For all you “How I Met Your Mother” fans out there, this idea is probably one of the best ones ever. And hey! You never know--you might meet your very own slutty pumpkin that night!

3. DoodleBob

Easy. Funny. Creative. Just don’t get too annoying with the “hoy minoys.”

4. Get a group of friends and be a boy band

One Direction, the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC (pro-tip: if you pick this band, utilize ramen noodles to get that perfect early Justin Timberlake hairdo), KISS, the list can go on and on...

5. early 2000s Britney Spears

Use “...Baby One More Time,” “Toxic,” and “Oops! ...I Did It Again” for inspiration. Honestly, there’s nothing more iconic than her pink pigtail, gray sweater schoolgirl look.

6. Care Bears

Another group costume idea! Care Bear stare down the haters in this fun throwback! From Grumpy Bear to Funshine Bear, there’s a Care Bear for every member of your squad!

7. Sexy Founding Fathers

You’ve heard of sexy firemen, sexy police officers, and sexy schoolgirl. Well, now you can add sexy founding fathers to that list! Whether you pick George Washington (“you can chop down my cherry tree”), Honest Abe (more like Honest BABE) or any other founding father, president or otherwise, make sure you REALLY hype it up and make it as scandalous as possible! My reasoning on the costume idea? Halloween has made literally everything else sexy so if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

8. Zombie Guy Fieri

This one doesn’t need an explanation other than it would be awesome as heck

9. A Trophy

First, you pick what kind of trophy you’re going to be. Are you basketball? Soccer? Gymnastics? Then decide what place you’re in. If you want to be a first-place trophy, body paint yourself gold. If you’re more of a second-place kind of person, go for silver. Whatever you decide, this costume makes for a bomb photo opt.

10. A Pinata

Wear a fringy shirt or dress and carry a bat. Whenever someone hits you, you throw candy. It’s fun and yummy!

So, there you have it! Go forth and get spooky! Happy Halloween!!

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8 Reasons Why Winter Is Better Than Summer

While we're all counting down to the warmth, we should be counting back to the cold.

Warm weather is right around the corner, and this means a lot of things. Picnics, bonfires, hikes through the park and the quick approach of summer. After months of cold, dreary days, finally sunshine is on the horizon. However, with the sunshine comes sweat, the inescapable smell of bonfire smoke, and the return of bugs. Here is a concise list of reasons why winter is superior to summer.

1. The Sports

Being outside in the summer is fun, especially when the warmth makes it so pleasant. However, being outside in the sun too long can lead to exhaustion, heatstroke or sunburn. Being outside in the winter involves sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowball fights. You stay cool and still have fun doing it. There is only so much you can do to stay cool in the summer, but it’s easy to have fun in the winter when there are so many things to do without ever breaking a sweat.

2. The Clothes

While we all love the simplicity of a comfy T-shirt and shorts, the best clothing is fuzzy clothing. Winter means fluffy sweaters and thick socks. The possibilities of summer outfits are very limited, but the amount of outfits that can come out of a sweater, cardigan, jean or legging combination are endless. While a summer wardrobe can be simple, you can add new life to jeans or a blouse by adding a cardigan or boots, something impossible in the summer heat. The cold winter weather allows for layering that would never be possible in the summer.

3. Seasonal Symptoms

In the winter, dry skin and sickness are the worst result of the cold weather. In the summer, sunburn, sweat, hay fever and humidity all mess with every part of the body. Static-y hair has nothing on humidity. And sweaty skin beats dry skin any day. The heat constrains you and makes you feel like 800 pounds are weighing on your shoulders. In addition to the 800 pounds of humidity, there is no easy way to get rid of it, besides standing in front of a fan. The seasonal symptoms of the winter are nothing compared to the brutal and inescapable heat of summer.

4. Winter Break vs. Summer Break

While summer break does involve a long vacation from school, often it’s filled with job searches and preparation for the following year. There is time to spend a day at the beach or lounge on the couch, but for the most part, these weeks of summer are for making money and gaining experience in order to succeed in the future. Winter break is a month of relaxing, eating cookies, and spending time with family. The stress of school is off for a while, and you can take some time for yourself.

5. Television and Movies

In the summer, there are a few great blockbuster movies. However, in the winter, there are countless movies and TV specials, specifically around the holidays. Multiple options for entertainment exist during the winter season, as opposed to in the summer when there is no new television until the fall and very few entertaining movies.

6. The Food

Barbecue food is pretty good, but burgers and hot dogs can get old pretty quick. In the winter, the possibilities are endless. There are countless soup combinations and warm drinks to fill you up and warm your body and soul.

7. Activities

When it’s warm outside, there is a constant pressure to go out and enjoy the weather. In the winter, it’s perfect alright to stay in for a day or two. Or a week. The summer means a constant stream of activities because the weather allows it. In the winter there is no pressure to go out or be social because we all love to stay in and enjoy the warmth or get a group of people together for a movie night.

8. The Bugs

This one explains itself. There are no bees stinging you in winter. There are no mosquitoes biting you in winter. There are no gnats buzzing around you in winter. Winter is a bug-free haven.

So while we anticipate the summer, let us also look fondly back on our time during the winter and patiently await the time to trade our sunburn for windburn.

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