• Thursday Tip-Off: Last Minute Halloween Costumes

    Our Thursday Tip-Off series is a weekly set of tips, suggestions, and tricks for making you a better-informed person. You're welcome.

    In case you weren’t aware of the incredible pace at which time passes, Halloween on Monday. Let that soak in for a second. And if you’re anything like some of us, it’s about the time to start scrambling to find something to wear to this weekend’s best Halloween parties. Don’t fear, we’re here to help you out. From giant panda heads (which you can still pick up in select UO stores) to DIY costumes you can make at home, we’ve got a bunch of ideas to make sure you look great. 
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    1. Wednesday Adams: quintessential, classic. Equal parts spooky, smart, and fun. You can pull off the Wednesday Adams look in a cinch— twirl that hair into braids and dig up your favorite black dress.  Apply some light foundation and you’re all set. 

    2. Your favorite Vine star. What better way to honor the ghost of the newly shut-down social media platform than to dress up like one of the site’s many beloved stars. Whether you’re putting plastic spoons on your eyes to block out the haters or proclaiming that it is, in fact, “Wednesday, my dudes.” You’ll be wearing the most topical outfit at the party. 

    3. Struck by lightning. This one’s, like, super easy. Tussle that hair, rip up an old shirt you don’t need any more, and smudge on some dark makeup to make it look like you were the unlucky target of some stray electrostatic discharge. They say lightning never strikes twice, but who knows, you might get lucky. 

    4. A dad. We’ve said it before, and we’re saying it again. It’s never been cooler to dress like a dad. So leverage all the dad hats, dad jeans, and vintage windbreakers you have in your closet and repurpose them for you. Maybe your dad will even let you borrow something. Just ask nice. 

    5. Fun with facial hair. Guys, make your unkempt beard work for you. A devilish goatee, an undercover cop mustache, some radical 1970s mutton chops, will all make last-minute thrifted outfit seem a bit more believable. Use what you got. 

    6. Do it with makeup. Ok, maybe this isn’t so simple, but self-taught makeup artist @atleeeey has spent most of the month showing off some awesome Halloween makeup ideas. 

    7. Stop by your local UO store and see what they’ve got. It’s never too late for a last-minute panda head

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