A Haunting Halloween
By Nathaniel Beall
Is it any wonder that Halloween is one of the most
popular holidays in American culture today? Not only do you get to
pretend you are someone (or something else) for an entire day, but you
get to act weird and scary without getting arrested.
Almost every bar and nightclub in Pittsburgh is having a costume
oriented night this year - some of them will be celebrating on the
weekend nights, and others will be celebrating on Tuesday the 31st.
A couple will even be celebrating early, so be sure to call around
before you make solid plans. You wouldn't want to walk into your
favorite haunt (pun intended) dressed as Little Bo Peep, only to find
out that everyone else in the bar celebrated the holiday the previous
Halloween is a highly commercial holiday, ranked second only to
Christmas, so naturally you will have your fair share of stress on
everything from picking the right party to attend to picking the right
costume. Sadly most people can usually pick the right party, but a
lot of people pick the wrong costume.
I have noticed that a lot of people will pick a costume that looks good
over a costume that will let them have a good time. For instance,
when I was a kid I made a really great looking robot costume that
impressed everyone who saw it. It had a built in candy-bag holder,
interior light, and it only weighed about 70 lbs. Without going
too deeply into the story, the costume only lasted about 4 houses before
it ended up in someone else's trash.
You should pick a costume that will keep you warm if you are going to be
outside a lot. You should pick a costume that will be light if you
are going to be in a hot bar or crowded party, and if you aren't sure
what the party is going to be like, then work on accessories for your
costume that can be added or removed depending on the environment around
you. Shawls, caps, blankets, and overcoats can be added to a lot
of costumes while still keeping the theme alive and working for you.
Be sure that your face is going to be comfortable with what you are
wearing. Lots of makeup can quickly become sweaty, messy and
impossible to fix. Be careful with masks too - a lot of the masks
that cover your entire face can become your own personal sauna within
minutes. Also try to keep in mind your smoking and drinking
habits. If you are going to wear something that covers most of
your mouth, be sure to bring a straw along with you, and if you are a
smoker, you may want to invest in a cigarette pipe.
Remember to have fun - Halloween is a time when you can be someone else.
Don't let the drinking carry this behavior too far for you.
Everyone else is out to have a good time too. The police will be
out in force all weekend long and through the holiday, so don't push
You don't want to be sitting in jail wearing a Little Bo Peep costume.
the party? Pittsburgh has a lot of opportunities for evening
entertainment including dance clubs, sports bars, comedy clubs, movies
and great local bands.