Every year on Oct. 31, the streets of West Hollywood come alive with characters and Santa Monica Blvd. turns into a virtual runway showcasing LA’s finest scare-wear. Here you’ll see one-of-a-kind designs on display that are noticeably sparked by some ingenious ideas and are bound to make your inner child want to come out to play. If you can handle the crowds, it’s a show not to be missed. More importantly, it’s a show not to miss being a part of.
Year to year it differs but there are several themes that seem to always dominate the evening’s best looks. Here are your nominees…
What’s trending – This option is everything that would be trending in the news, what’s happening in pop-culture, and all of the latest in politics. It’s the nation’s top stories that flood your televisions and your social media sites that become fodder for all. It’s comedy wrapped up in the form of a costume and embracing your theme can be a lot of fun. Since we are approaching an election year you are bound to see a lot of your favorite faces in politics like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In the world of pop-culture, look out for some Back to the Future-inspired Biff Tannen and Marty McFly costumes, as well as some from those popular television reality shows that you just can’t seem to get enough of. Also, if you’re looking to make a statement by being original and funny, this would be your chance to get as politically incorrect as you can. It may just be the one night of the year that you can get away with it.
The classics – These are your traditional favorites. With any of these looks you’ll be feeling comfortable embracing your character and looking good while doing it. From your popular comic book heroes and villains, to the best of the beloved fairy tale princesses, to witches, vampires, wenches, and flapper girls, these go-to costume ideas are fun and easy. Here you have a chance to add some unique twists to an original idea by taking a classic costume character and making it your own. If you’re feeling extra creative, take the opportunity to design the costume yourself rather than purchasing it. This leaves a lot open to interpretation and provides room for that special detail that will elevate your costume to the next level.
Cozy, comfortable and cute – For some, getting dressed up for Halloween is more of a hassle than a hobby and that can turn what should be an enjoyable occasion into a chore. If you still want to participate without having to get “dressed up”, a great option is going with an adorable themed sweatshirt from Wildfox, or, you can always express your creativity through a great accent piece. Temporary tattoos and detailed jewelry such as body chains that you can find on Etsy, will add just enough character to set you apart from the crowd while giving you the freedom to still be exactly who you want to be.
To spark that imagination and ignite the idea behind your ideal fright night festive wear, the key is to find what drives your inspiration. Make sure to release all fear so that you can embody your ultimate spook-tacular self and remember, in order to don the look that you feel most connected to, it’s not about what you are; it’s about who you are. The true essence behind the spirit of Halloween is commonly known to most in LA as, “getting into character”. And no matter what costume idea you decide on, keep in mind that the real trick and treat behind this holiday is to have fun with it.