Halloween Costume Ideas for Spooky Season this Year


Josie Kidder

Colorful Halloween costumes hang in a local store.

Josie Kidder, Editor

It’s that time of year. Halloween is coming up, and as years pass and seasons change, so do Halloween costumes. 

What to wear for Halloween can be a hard decision because there are so many choices to choose from. There are traditional costumes like ghosts, pirates, and cats. Then there are newer costume ideas based on new movies and TV shows like Fear Street, Outerbanks, and Squid Games. Finally, some costumes are in a category all their own, with old movie characters and random costume ideas such as Napoleon Dynamite, any food, and Michael Myers.

Chemical engineering major and Washington, Indiana native Claire Fox said she is excited to see what new costumes people come up with this year.

“I hope to see a lot of different characters from shows and movies this year! My favorite Halloween costume that I have ever worn was a gnome; I recommend it,” she said.

When shopping for a Halloween costume, it can be hard to choose the perfect outfit. Some costumes that look great may not be the best for partying or trick-or-treating. Costumes can be very daunting when worn for long periods of time. 

Welding Technology major Austin Nigh from Greenfield, Indiana suggests making a homemade costume that looks good and isn’t difficult to deal with.

“I think everyone should go to Spirit Halloween and at least get some inspiration from them when looking for a Halloween costume. I would like to see anything homemade this year. Make sure that when you do choose a costume, you have some visibility and nothing too heavy. It makes for an unpleasant experience,” he said.

Many people have ideas about what they want to dress up as but have no idea where to get the material from. Other people may not have the money to go costume shopping with. Either way, there are many creative and inexpensive ways to shop for a Halloween Costume this year.

“I would recommend people not wear costumes that require spending a bit of money because you’ll normally only wear it once. The best places to shop for costumes would be Walmart, local thrift stores, and possibly online with Amazon! If you are short on cash, you can always get creative and use items you already have,” said Fox.

Whether it’s dressing up as the classic greaser from Grease, or going full out as a blow-up dinosaur, inspiration for Halloween costumes is all around. The time is ticking to choose, so don’t be late like the White Rabbit and get a Halloween costume before time runs out.