I love a good, original costume idea. No shade to those who are planning on dressing up as scantily clad nurses or shirtless firemen, but I’m more impressed with those who think outside the box during the spookiest time of year.
Here are some ideas that are sure to win you a costume contest while paying homage to your favorite state:
A last-minute costume: Saguaro Cactus
We’ve all been there! Halloween can sometimes sneak up on us and give us quite a fright when we realize we’re without a costume on October 31. An easy solution is to dress up in all green, glue or tape on a few toilet paper rolls and ta-da! You’re a cactus.
An Arizona inside-joke costume: A Grand Canyon Tourist
Most Arizonans have been to our state’s biggest tourist attraction: The Grand Canyon. Embrace your inner middle-aged dad and find a Grand Canyon t-shirt, cargo shorts, a digital camera (or buy one of those belt clips for your phone), hiking shoes, a fanny pack and top it off with a baseball cap.
Spooky option: The 1931 Trunk Murders
In October 1931, Phoenix resident Winnie Ruth Judd murdered two of her friends, dismembered them, stuffed their body parts in trunks and attempted to send their corpses via train to Los Angeles. If you want to spook your party guests, simply repurpose a 1920s flapper costume, add some fake blood and carry around a small old-timey trunk with a fake hand sticking out.
Couple’s costume: The Star-Crossed Lovers (ASU vs. U of A)
This might be a bit on the nose for some of you, but it’s a great opportunity to ham up your romance. Or invent a fake story about how you met – the choice is yours. Plus, it’s pretty easy to achieve. All you need to do is wear an excessive amount of ASU or U of A merch.
Group costume: Arizona’s Five C’s
If you don’t know what the Five C’s are because you didn’t have to write a book report on them like I did, they are: copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate. You and your four closest friends can tape a bunch of pennies to a shirt, put on a cow costume, become a human cotton ball, emulate an orange and become a literal ray of sunshine. Done!