10 Halloween Costumes For Everybody Who Procrastinated

10 Halloween Costumes For Everybody Who Procrastinated

1. A potato
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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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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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Stop Missing Summer Because Of Your Terrible Sleeping Patterns

It's a bad habit.

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We've all been guilty of a self-indulgent lie-in from time to time, whether we went to bed late the previous night or need a mental health day. But when summer rolls around, it becomes so easy to let the occasional lie-in until noon turns into a horrible habit.

Admittedly, it is nice to put off responsibilities that hang over our shoulders during the school year by staying in bed. It's great to be lazy every once in a while. It can do wonders for your mindset.

However, if you have nothing begging for your attention when the semester is over, that habit can become self-destructive in a way. You stay up past midnight, wake up around noon, dress—and then, the day is nearly over.

It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to undo, and if you don't undo it, you're missing out on a large chunk of your summer.

I find this has been happening to me recently. I stay up until two in the morning as I only work a few days a week, and wake up around noon. But in two hours, my sisters finish school, and what have I accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

The self-indulgent lie-in becomes miserable as you see those wasted hours turn to dust, and before you know it, you've already been at home for a month. What do you have to show for it? Days spent waking at noon and barely being productive?

If your sleeping patterns are in your control, I'd advise you to curl up in bed earlier, wake up earlier, and enjoy the world earlier. This is the free time you've been craving all year, and if you're not enjoying it properly, no one else will! The second you let your summer fall out of your control, you become irritated with yourself for letting it happen at all.

There is so much to take advantage of in the early mornings that you're sleeping through! So dress, head outside, and breathe in the summer for what it's worth!

(Also worth noting that sleeping until noon occasionally can be wonderful too, as we all need our relaxing time, but don't get sucked into the habit all over again.)

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