By Cathy Roebuck, Social
Media and Communications Specialist
Halloween is this Friday,
and if you are anything like me, you have no idea what you want to be or what
to wear. Usually this would mean a rush to the local costume shop where only
the scrap costumes remain (banana costume, anyone?). This year though, Kappa
has you covered. Here are some quick costumes to make this Halloween the best
1. Owl: Not only will you win points for bringing a
little Kappa into your costume, this quick and easy idea will surely be a crowd
pleaser. Grab a pair of funky glasses, glue some feathers to the top and add a
paper beak to create a cute owl mask.
Finish the look by wearing
all brown or grab the glue gun and felt to create an owl dress! Cut out scale
shapes from different types of felt and, starting from the bottom, glue the
scales on to a cheap tank top or dress. The end result will look like feathers
and you’ll have a hootin’ good time out.
2. Favorite Book Character: Take your inspiration from our partners at
Reading Is Fundamental. Think
of a character from your favorite childhood story and recreate it. Maybe you
loved searching and (sometimes) finding Waldo from Where’s Waldo?, or maybe you enjoyed the huffing and puffing
in Little Red Riding Hood.
3. Get Punny: Think of another way to look at a
phrase to come up with something totally unique. For example, a witch doctor or
Spice Girls. While in the
historical sense, a witch doctor was a type of healer who treated ailments
believed to be caused by witchcraft, this phrase can become a cute
play-on-words! Pair a witch hat and striped socks with medical scrubs and a
stethoscope and people will be applauding you for your creativity.
dress up as spice girls. No, not Baby, Scary, Posh, Ginger and Sporty … but
Ground Cinnamon, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Bay Leaves and Nutmeg! Take poster
board and draw the label of a kitchen spice, wrap it around your body (add
straps to keep it up!) and don a red cap. Quick and simple, this one is sure to
get some attention.
5. Food: What might seem a little unusual at first can
actually be quite cute. This idea is perfect for last-minuters as it won’t
take long (or cost much) to put together these cute looks. Pair with a dress
matching a fruit color to go as a healthy treat, or add some sprinkles to a
white top and grab a small red balloon to make the cherry on top of your
perfect ice cream cone. These looks from Studio DIY are a few of our favorites.
Photos by Jeff Mindell; DIY by Studio DIY
6. Queen Bee: No, we aren’t talking about Beyoncé or the “leader of the pack” in a
high school clique, but Mother Nature’s queen bee! This easy DIY won’t take long, and when you pair the crown with
cute bees temporarily glued to a pair of flats, you’re sure to
be the buzz around town.
Photo by Studio DIY. DIY by Kelly
7. Rosie the Riveter: Always a classic go-to, Rosie the Riveter is a
cultural icon of the United States, representing women who worked in factories
during World War II while the men were at war. Simple enough to create, all you
need is a denim (or chambray) button down and a red bandana.
8. Bat: A Halloween classic, this idea uses a broken (or cheaply purchased)
black umbrella to create wings! Fair warning, this one will require a little
sewing to attach the wings to the sweater.
9. Jellyfish: This costume idea is perfect if the forecast is calling for rain. With
a little bubble wrap, white paint, cellophane and a bubble umbrella, your
friends will feel the sting of jealousy when they didn’t think of
it first! Add a little glow-in-the-dark paint for the element of surprise.
10. Scarecrow: You won’t be scaring away the crows with this adorable
costume. Grab flannel, overalls, a straw hat, and some hay to create your own
BONUS: The Pink Lady!
Some of you who have
visited Fraternity Headquarters may have heard of the ghostly figure that
wanders our halls, checking on our visitors (If not, read our blog on the Pink Lady and other Headquarters hauntings). Commonly seen wearing her pink robe
and slippers, Miss Celinda Hatton was the caretaker of the upper rooms during
the early 1900s when the Columbus Women’s Association rented the top floor to boarders.
Many believe she still roams our halls, checking in on our visitors who stay
the night. For this costume, grab your pink fuzzy robe and matching slippers,
and white out your complexion to give you that ghoulish look. Another bonus to
this costume? You will be the comfiest of your friends!
As you celebrate this fun
season, please be mindful of avoiding costumes that could be construed as
racially or culturally insensitive. Remember, even if something is "meant
in fun," it can be perceived differently, and may be offensive to others.
Keep things cute and Kappa classy this weekend! Have a fun and safe Halloween,