How to: Costumes, NYC Edition

How to: Costumes, NYC Edition

When is halloween? What am I supposed to dress up as? Where do I go to get a costume? Who is Howie Mandel?

These are all questions that pop up each time October rolls around, but The Riverdale Review has you covered.

When is halloween?

Stupid question. October 31st. Also, it’s on a Monday this year.

What am I supposed to dress up as?

That should really come from you, but if you are hopelessly lost and need some easy costume fixes, here is what you need to know.

  1. Wear a monochromatic outfit, and you will be the new poster child for your color of choice. Things couldn’t be easier! (Take this outfit to the next level and carry a poster with you; you can get one at a supply store.)
  2. Put tape on whatever clothes you want to wear and act like a worm.
  3. Sick of wasteful halloween clothes that you only use once a year? Wear blue while carrying every piece of garbage you can get your hands on. Woah! You’re now the Great Pacific garbage patch. You will look great and feel great for sporting a pro-environment costume.
  4. Want to be Howie Mandel? Start off by wearing a sharp sports jacket, then draw on a goatee or cut off a piece of your hair and fix it to your chin. Don’t forget to smile!

Where do I get a costume?

As a rule, try to avoid costume shops. The outfits sold in those plastic bags on display at Ricky’s don’t look authentic and won't look authentic unless you spend a ridiculous amount of money. Don’t waste your time there. Here is where I suggest you look.

  1. Your closet. There will be some hidden gems in there. Those hand me down cowboy boots and that silver shirt will be useful.
  2. Thrift stores: The good ones are packed with all sorts of weird things that are perfect for halloween!
    I recommend L Train Vintage, a New York City based thrift store with locations in the East Village, Gowanus, Bed Stuy, Bushwick, Williamsburg, St. Mark's Place, and Sunset Park. I also recommend any Salvation Armies or GoodWills. NOTE: the thrift store approach to your Halloween costume is best executed by surfing the racks with an open mind, and looking for statement pieces that you can use. Going in with expectations - it’s almost guaranteed you aren’t going to find whatever you’re looking for.

Mostly, just be creative. Halloween is a chance for you to mess around and be whatever you want. Happy hunting for costumes, witches, and Howie this 31st!

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