I'm The Girl Who Loves Halloween, But I'm Not 'Basic'

I'm The Girl Who Loves Halloween, But I'm Not 'Basic'

I love Halloween for the scare factor, not for the "dressing in a "slutty" costume."

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Since I was a little girl, I've loved everything about Halloween. The costumes, the candy, the scary movies, the decorations, I love it all. While that love has only continued to grow as the years have passed, I've noticed that the feedback I receive when I express that love of the spooky holiday has been...unfortunate.

"Oh just another basic b**** looking for an excuse to dress slutty."

Um...no.

While I do love dressing in costume, you'd rarely find me in a revealing one. Don't get me wrong, if you want to dress provocative for your costume, by all means do it. Do what you feel comfortable and confident and don't let anyone tell your otherwise. But what's ridiculous is that I've been ridiculed (mainly by men, but women as well) for having that strong love of all hollows eve.

Halloween is a holiday for the ghosts to come alive, the spirits to rejoin us for one night. For me, it's not an excuse to "dress slutty". It's an excuse to be whoever I want to be. It gives me a new level of confidence because I can become whoever my mind possesses me to be.

If I want to be a half skull heathen, I can.

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If I want to do a couples costume with my boyfriend as a deer and a hunter, I can.

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The possibilities as far as costumes, are endless. From warlocks to ghosts. From animals to everything imaginable. Who wouldn't want to change their identity for a night?

My love of Halloween doesn't stop there. I am a sucker for a good horror film. Hell, I'm even a sucker for a bad one. There's something about scary movies that no other genre could take from them. The thrill, the goosebumps on your skin, sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what could possibly happen next.

On top of it, my first job was working at a haunted house, scaring people. I loved the job and I was really good at it too. My managers would always steer me closer to the direction I wanted to go. They said my acting skills were impressive for the fact that I had never done it before. I'd throw on my character's persona and I never broke character. Even when I had friends that would walk through the haunt.

Halloween is a holiday that doesn't compare to any other. Most holidays involve trying to buy everyone gifts or making sure you see everyone in your family while also trying to include your friends along the way. Halloween is practically a stress free holiday. You don't have to buy anyone a present. Just yourself a costume and, if you feel like it, candy to pass out to kids.

Halloween is a holiday that I've loved and will continue to love for years. Your opinion of it, doesn't bother me. I hope to see those that judge on the holiday so I can actually scare them off with my costume.

Happy Spooky Season!

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33 Halloween Costumes Inspired By Broadway Musicals

Including lots for the last-minute trick-or-treater!
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In need of a last-minute Halloween costume? Or maybe you've already started planning Purim or next Halloween way in advance? I've got you covered with a long list of awesome costumes inspired by Broadway musicals of all different genres, eras, and locations!

1. Young Frankenstein

Dress up as the monster himself, or get out your lab coat and mad scientist gear to trick-or-treat as his crazy creator, Dr. Frankenstein! Of course, this is also a great movie or musical to rewatch on Halloween.


2. Little Shop of Horrors

Who wouldn't want to be a giant people-eating plant? Or the person who gets eaten by the plant? Well, maybe that's not quite as fun...


3. The Addams Family

There's so many different options for an Addams Family costume.


4. Shrek

There's something for everyone in Shrek--princesses, ogres, donkeys, and even a cat wearing boots!


5. Into the Woods

(This is how you pass off your witch, Cinderella, Rapunzel, or Little Red Riding Hood costume off as indicative of something deeper.)


6. Sister Act

Nun costumes are probably one of the easiest things to find in a Halloween store, and maybe it's a little bit irreverent, but hey, so are most of the nuns in this show!


7. Nunsense

Even better if you can find a nun puppet to carry around with you.


8. Cats

You could actually dress up as a cat...or, you could just dress your cat up.


9. Xanadu

This can basically be accomplished by wearing roller skates or a toga.


10. Cinderella

An excuse to wear a ballgown--or just to be Laura Osnes. And that's also okay.


11. The Sound of Music

More nuns! Or wearing curtains--take your pick. I seriously considered dressing up as all the Von Trapp children by myself. So I guess that's an option, too!


12. Matilda

This costume actually portrays Matilda as the movie does, but you can opt for the musical version as well! Miss Trunchbull is also a fantastic costume choice that will probably be even more recognizable than Matilda herself.


13. Annie

There's almost nothing more iconic than the red dress and curly red hair. And it's not just for kids! If you, too, say #INeverGotToBeAnnie, then this is the costume for you!


14. Fiddler on the Roof

Be the fiddler. Or the roof. Or, just put on a headscarf.


15. Chicago

And all that jazz.


16-18. The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz, and Wicked


19. A Chorus Line

If you're feeling ambitious, go for these gold outfits worn by the entire ensemble at the end of the show. But if that's just not happening this year, breaking out the dance class clothing is totally a valid Halloween costume. Totally.


20. Newsies

Most of these costume pieces can be found in your closet or a family member's, plus grabbing a free newspaper on the streets of New York City. Another major perk is that it's usually super-comfortable because it's just normal clothes.


21. Billy Elliot

Break out the tutu and tights and call it your Halloween costume (even though you're a Ballet Girl in real life too)--or borrow your sister's and rock it! #BoysDanceToo


22. The Phantom of the Opera

You don't even have to go this far (especially since the costume got discontinued)--the mask alone will make it clear.


23. Les Misérables

You could be really elegant about it and find some gorgeous Cosette costumes...or you could just turn your baby into a criminal and put him next to some bread.


24. The Pajama Game

As demonstrated by this picture from the actual show, you can literally just trick-or-treat in your pajamas. Sure, you've reached an all-time high for laziness, but you're more comfortable than anyone else!


25. Camelot

No explanation necessary.


26. Hamilton

If Fun Home stars Oscar Williams and Gabriella Pizzolo did it, then it must be cool! (The thousands of dollars people will pay for a ticket are also good indicators.)


27. Mamma Mia

Because who wouldn't want to be Donna and the Dynamos (for one night, and one night only)?


28. Jersey Boys

One of the few costumes that's probably more iconic than Annie, at least in the United States.


29. Cabaret

We can't all be Alan Cumming. But we can try!


30. Grease


31. Fun Home

In my opinion, it's been a lot harder to acquire costume pieces for Small, Medium, or adult Alison Bechdel as seen in Fun Home than it should've been. But this is definitely in the running for my costume for next Halloween!


32. Kinky Boots

Just like the Hamilton costumes--if tiny Annie stars Tyrah Skye Odoms and Brooklyn Shuck liked the idea, there's definitely something there!


33. You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

To end with an oldie/goodie/cutie, Charlie Brown and his friends will always be classic, recognizable, and ever since the first production in 1967, Broadway musical-themed!


All of this being said, I myself decided to go with a more frequently-seen Halloween costume that's not Broadway-inspired this year: Waldo.

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All The Spooky Netflix Movies You Should Not Be Ghosting Because Halloween Is Over

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Just because Halloween is over doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy all of the amazing, hair-raising movies that Netflix has to offer you all year round. This list is your guide to host your very own fright night, depending on how spooky you want to get. With each suggestion comes with the spook-o-meter. The spook-o-meter is my scale, from 1-5 (1 is not scary, and 5 is "I won't sleep with the lights off tonight"), for judging these movies.

1. "The Shining"

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Rating: 4

2.  "The Sixth Sense" 

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Rating: 4

3. "Coraline"

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Rating: 3.5

4. "The Conjuring"

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Rating: 5

5. "Scooby-Doo" 

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Rating: 1

6. "The Babadook"

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7. "Children of the Corn"

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8. "It Follows"

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