Chances are, if you're reading this, you probably want to go to a Halloween Party (or at least try to meet some ladies), and you need a costume. Complain all you want, but there's nothing lamer than showing up to a Halloween party without one. And don't even try any of that, "I'm going as myself" crap.
Even if you're totally wild for Halloween, sometimes coming up with a cool, original costume can be a challenge. So, AskMen.com has put together a set of guidelines to help inspire some ideas and narrow down your choices.
1- Never dress in drag
Look, no one wants to see what you would look like as a girl; no matter what, it's going to be scary. You're going to look terrifying with your hairy legs sticking out of some ridiculous dress your sister wore to the prom last year.
It's also lazy costuming. Your friends will know you couldn't think of anything more creative, so you just grabbed the first and most ridiculous thing you could think of: a dress. Please. It's been done a hundred times and not once has anyone ever enjoyed it.
Lastly, if, for some horrible reason, you do look good in a dress, you have much bigger problems on your hands than not knowing what to wear for Halloween.
2- Dress up as a group
There's nothing like rolling up to a party five dudes deep looking like you're all part of some crazy Halloween gang. You don't even have to all go as something specific, like a band or group of movie characters, but if you and your friends can agree on a common theme, you could all form like Voltron to make a giant robot of a costume.
That's not to say you and all your friends should dress in the same exact costume, which is totally boring. But in a group, you're going to have a common foundation from which you can concentrate on giving your costume some unique and interesting details. Plus, hit up people in your group for stuff for your costume. Who needs the Halloween store when you have friends?
3- Don’t be afraid to dress subdued
No one says you have to go balls-to-the-wall elaborate for Halloween. Sometimes a cool mask or some creative face paint combined with some formal wear more than gets the job done. It can be a good way to stand out when everyone else looks over-the-top crazy. Best of all, costumes like these are totally flexible and can have countless variations.
In fact, a nice suit alone could work perfectly if you're the type of person who'd never be caught dead in one. Defy expectations by doing something unexpected -- that's what Halloween is all about.
4- Don’t get too conceptual
Sure, everyone will be talking about each others' costumes on Halloween, but that doesn't mean you want to be stuck all night explaining what you're supposed to be. An abstract costume, or one that's merely undercooked, can lead to a truly frustrating evening. So, unless you know for a fact that you can pull it off, you might not want to go as the SATs or your favorite flavor of Doritos.
5- The funnier the better
Let's face it. Alcohol plus funny costume is a great ice breaker...just don't come across as a creepy perv.