Last Minute Halloween Costumes 2013

Halloween is here! Well, it’s in just under a week, but since it falls on a Thursday, a lot of parties are happening this weekend. Maybe you’ve been enjoying the lovely fall weather too much to plan a costume, and the sudden cold snap has now focused your attention on the annual question: What should I be for Halloween?

Here are some costumes you can put together last minute, for little to no money:

Troy and Abed

Sing it: Troy and Abed Hall-o-wee-een!

Troy and Abed are probably the best thing about Community (along with the Dean’s costumes and any time Britta does drugs). They’re such good friends that not even a massive pillow war can separate them. Grab your best friend and put together this costume. You can go as Inspector Spacetime and Constable Reggie: white robe, bowler hat, red scarf for one and a blue sweater (sew some buttons or even just tape on some paper you cut out) and white gloves for the other. Or you can go even more low-key and wear your normal jeans and t-shirts, so long as you keep up the repartee. Use the handshake a lot, conduct fake talk show interviews, make pop culture references that only half the people at the party get. Bonus points if you get the whole party to build a pillow and blanket fort. Extra bonus points if you bring costume changes and get up to hijinks. Coolcoolcool.

Katy Perry


Katy Perry, much like Lady Gaga, is a godsend for Halloween costumes, because she’s always wearing some wacky get-up. I recommend busting out your Tarzan costume from last year, teasing out your hair, and strapping on your highest heels. Use whatever liquor bottle’s handy as your microphone and belt out “Roar.” If you don’t have a Tarzan costume from last year, wear a swimsuit/tight skirt combo and drape animal print fabric over yourself (easily found for pretty cheap at a crafts store). Have a disarmingly good sense of humor about yourself and don’t be afraid to use anything nearby as a prop. Bonus points if your friends dress up in furry animal costumes and follow you around as your band.

Insufferable Resort Tourist

You’re in my sun

Maybe you’ve been busy lately, and you’re worn out. Make your Halloween party a mini-break and go as an insufferable resort tourist. Don a swimsuit, sarong, sunglasses, floppy hat, and sandals. Carry a drink with an umbrella in it and ask people if they got the full drinks package too. Spread a beach towel out on the couch and lie down on it. When people stand near you, flutter your fingers and say they’re in your sun. As they start to walk away, stop them and request a refill on your snacks. Obviously, you can’t do this the whole night if you want anyone to like you, so take it as far as you’re comfortable. Bonus points if you bring sand in the towel and when your host watches in horror as it gets in the crevices of the couch, you trill, “That’s the wonderful thing about these resorts. I don’t have to worry about the mess I make because the maids take care of everything!”

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Island Indulgences on Oahu

When Heather and I got back to Oahu from the Big Island, we didn’t have big plans. In fact, other than “visit Pearl Harbor,” we didn’t have any plans at all. We were perfectly content to sleep in, stroll to the beach to read and swim, walk around town, eat at the condo or out at a restaurant, and generally indulge in easy living. Here’s what that looked like:

The view from our condo rental

I want flowers in my drinks

Duke Kahanamoku statue at Waikiki Beach

some of the sidewalks around town had Hawaiian words and definitions in them

view of Diamond Head

Surprise Wednesday night fireworks, seen from our balcony

I’m Covered in Bees!

Hello, dearest fellow travelers! Did you miss me? I did you.

I shall now summarize for you my vacation last week: More, please.

As I’m sure you all know, coming back from vacation should be done as gently as possible. No matter how relaxing the vacation (and a week on a beach with old friends was quite relaxing), coming back is a shock to the system. I cleverly dealt with the problem this time by having a whole weekend to myself before heading back into the workforce. Saturday was movies, Sunday was laundry and a new book, and by Monday morning I was almost able to bear the thought of sitting in a cubicle instead of swimming in a lake. Self-brainwashing, sure, but necessary in order to earn more money to take more vacations.

And of course, last night I supplemented unpacking and books with a healthy dose of Eddie Izzard. Nothing says “you can handle the office” like giraffe impressions and “I’m covered in beeeees!”

Travel Advice — From YOU!

Dearest fellow travelers, I need your advice. Yes, instead of me imparting pearls of wisdom to you, this time I’d like some insight from your fine selves. This fall, my sisters and I are going on a weeklong trip, but we have no idea where to go.

We were meant to meet up in Portland for an event and travel around for a bit, but the event got canceled, so now we’re not tied to any specific location and we’re thinking of going somewhere less expensive to get to. When we realized we had the whole US of A to choose from, we got a little overwhelmed. I’ve traveled to at least two places outside of my state every year since college, but on each of those occasions, I was visiting someone for at least part of the time. The last time I traveled anywhere just because it looked like fun, and not because I knew someone who lived there, was in 2002, when my boyfriend and I drove to New Orleans for spring break our freshman year of college. (Side note: we were so naive and law-abiding that we didn’t even try to buy alcohol, although clearly we could have walked down the street with a giant margarita in each hand and no one would have blinked.)

If you could go anywhere in the US east of the Mississippi for a vacation with beloved family members, where would it be and why? If you’ve already been to great places and have tips on why we should go there, share that too! Drop hints, links, places NOT to go, etc. in the comments below.

Here are the requirements:

  • Must not be more than $300 round-trip from Chicago, Michigan, or New York in late September.
  • Must be gay-friendly.
  • Must be east of the Mississippi River.
  • Must have a balance of city/country life within a couple of hours’ driving distance (we’re going to rent a car). We’ll need to be able to go to a sports bar, take a hike in some mountains or stroll around a big park, visit a museum or cultural attraction, and relax in a cheap but tasty restaurant. (We have many interests.)

And… GO! Thanks in advance for your help!