You’re never too old to wear a costume for Halloween

Halloween costumes, courtesy of Summer Shafer


When thinking about Halloween the first things that come to everyone’s mind are costumes and candy. Cue the nostalgic childhood memories of dressing up to trick or treat and, of course, attempting to eat all of the candy in one night.

Sadly, those days ended with the onset of the teen years when suddenly it was no longer socially acceptable to dress up like Kim Possible and ask the neighbors for king-sized candy bars.

Now that we are all in college and miss the good old days when costumes were cool, everyone is wondering: How old is too old to dress up for Halloween?

The short answer: You are never too old to put on that costume. Why stop the fun because you grew up? As the saying goes, age is nothing but a number. There are so many reasons why people love Halloween and so many more reasons to dress up and enjoy the festivities.

For a start, on what other night of the year does everyone get a chance to be someone they are not? Halloween offers the opportunity to dress up as whatever you like. It can be a breath of fresh air to not care about what you look like for one night, and that is what makes it fun. In the words of Amy Poehler, “No one looks stupid when they’re having fun.”

Secondly, dressing up is often encouraged in college.  There’s something about being grown up and getting to act like a kid for a night that appeals to students.  Try dressing up with friends for a group costume; it will make for a great photo op. If you are looking for something to do once you have your costume on, several Greek organizations throw costume parties or hold costume contests on Halloween.

And finally, trick or treating—need I say more? Dress up with friends and hit the cul-de-sac for a fun night out. You might get some weird looks from the neighbors, but it will make for some good laughs and even better memories. Plus, there’s candy involved!

Should college students be wandering around the Homewood neighborhoods at night dressed up in costumes on a regular basis? Probably not. But that’s the fun of Halloween: having that one night to not worry about how old you are or what people think about you. Halloween is about fun, and fun is for all ages.

Summer Shafer, Columnist

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