Your Next Halloween Costume

The Conversation Starters

1)   Fortune Teller: Here’s a great way to introduce yourself: “Would like me to read your fortune?” A fortune teller costume is easy and original! Head scarf, sparkly top, a long skirt and maybe even a shawl. Gold jewelry is the perfect accessory. Have a few fortunes ready for a fantastic conversation starter.

2)   Futurama Cast: “You like Futurama? So do I!” Boys, Fry is easy to copy with a simple red jacket, white shirt and blue jeans. However, Zoidberg would be more interesting, complete with the doctor’s garb and tentacles over the mouth. For girls, Leela’s outfit is defined by her purple hair (wig is necessary) and singular eye (use string and a paper to cover your eyes with one large one – eye holes are convenient). The white tank top, black pants and black boots are easy to put together. For an added special touch, a gray gun would make the costume look cool and authentic. (Don’t like Futurama? How about Amy from the Big Bang Theory or a doctor from Grey’s Anatomy?)

3)   Minions: Everyone thinks these guys are adorable. This unisex costume can easily be created with jeans, a yellow shirt, and black suspenders. The eyes can either be done with big glasses or you could put those chemistry goggles to use outside of the lab. Don’t forget to talk in gibberish!

4)   More Ideas: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Miley Cyrus, bird watchers, Flo from Progressive Insurance.

For the Last Minute Costume

1)   Scooby Doo characters: Boys, this one is simple. For Fred, wear a white T-shirt, blue jeans and red scarf around your neck — you can likely borrow the scarf from a neighbor or friend. A magnifying glass would also take this costume the extra mile. Another option is Shaggy. A hunter green shirt and brown pants are not too hard to come by, and they make the perfect Shaggy outfit. Girls, Daphne and Velma can be a little more tricky. But, if you have a purple dress or red pleated skirt and orange sweater, you’re golden.

2)   Where’s Waldo?: A unisex classic costume that never gets old. All you need is a red and white striped shirt, some thick black-rimmed glasses, jeans and a red hat. Super easy and fun, and your friends will know where you are all night!

3)   Wednesday Addams: Her creepy sense of humor is as easy to copy as her outfit. Just put together a white button-down shirt underneath a black dress (long sleeve is preferable). Black dresses are easily re-worn, so this costume won’t go to waste. Pair it with black shoes and braids.

4)   More Ideas: Risky Business, artist

Kids’ Costumes, All Grown Up

1)   Mary Poppins: Make a Disney classic come to life! Dress this costume up with a white T-shirt, red bow tie, navy blue skirt and red belt. Don’t forget the black shoes, dark hat and umbrella (knowing Ohio, you may actually need it!). Black tights and white gloves are optional, but red lipstick is highly recommended.

2)   Tooth fairy: Take this childhood hero and adapt it to modern times. This outfit would not be complete without a white tank top, white tutu, wings and a wand. Try to cut a tooth-shaped object out of paper and stick it to the wand. Top it off with some cool shades and a tiara.

3)   Cat Burglar: A cat costume is classic, but this idea takes this time-old costume to a new level! Put together your normal cat costume: cat ears, whiskers, tail, black outfit. Next, add a brown burlap sack with a large green money sign. Add a slim black mask over your eyes and carry a flashlight. Don’t forget to walk around sneakily!

4)   More Ideas: Kermet the Frog, Winnie the Pooh, Dora the Explorer

3 Things to Do Off-Campus This Fall

Columbus is a city filled with so many activities and opportunities that there’s always something to do — especially this fall! To celebrate Ohio’s finest season, here is a list of my favorite fall activities to do off-campus.

One of my personal favorites is the Circleville Pumpkin Show. Just as the name suggests, this festival is all about the pumpkin! Try one of the many different ways that pumpkin can be used: from pumpkin brownies, to pumpkin funnel cake, to pumpkin donuts, and even pumpkin pizza!

There are so many different ways to enjoy pumpkins and the Circleville Pumpkin Show is definitely a must-see. Last year, my residence hall had free busing to the event, so definitely check explore whether any residence halls  or campus organizations are planning to make a trip out to the event.

My second favorite thing to do during the fall is to go apple picking. Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio, is a wonderful place to visit! Many residence halls organize bus rides to the Lynd Fruit Farm from campus, so again, ask your residence hall or your RA if there are any planned trips to the farm.

Lynd Fruit Farm also has an 8-acre corn maze where you can step out of our world and begin an amazing adventure into a maze of mystery and intrigue! Apple picking is great way to celebrate the beginning of fall by hanging out with friends, taking some great pictures, and tasting some crisp, yummy apples.

Finally, another great event in Columbus is the HighBall Halloween Masquerade in the Short North. The one-night event is centered around a Costume Couture Fashion Show, followed by a street party, live art, electrifying stage performances, and a public costume contest. All the proceeds go to support the initiatives of the Short North Arts District.

Autumn is finally here, so let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as we watch the leaves turn to pretty shades of fall.​ Happy autumn everyone!


Your Week in First Year Success: October 27-31

For many kids, Halloween means one thing: Trick or Treat! In honor of this tradition, let’s take a look at some First Year Success Series sessions that will provide you some “tricks” and “treats” to be successful during your first year.

Party Smart
Theme: Health and Wellness
October 30, 11 a.m.-12 noon

You may be thinking about dressing up and going to a great Halloween party, but are you also thinking about making good decisions when you party? This session will help you create a strategy to have a great time at a party while also keeping yourself safe.

This isn’t the only way to look smart this Halloween.

Remembering the Act: Archival Reflections on Civil Rights Exhibit Gallery Talk
Theme: Diversity and Global Awareness
October 27, 10-11 a.m.

It has been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. To celebrate, the Ohio State Libraries is featuring an exhibit to reflect on the political, historical, and cultural aspects of the struggle that led to the passing of this significant law. Join the exhibit curator for a talk on the exhibit.

There are many ways to celebrate the 60’s this Halloween!

Academic Success 101: Practical Guides for International Students
Theme: Health and Wellness
October 27, 3-4 p.m.

Making OSU your home away from home: Practical Guides for International Students
Theme: Health and Wellness
October 28, 1-2 p.m.

International Students and U.S. Laws
Theme: Finances
October 30, 3-4 p.m.

There are many things for international students to think about as they transition not just to Ohio State, but to a new culture, new laws, and new academic settings. These sessions in the First Year Success Series will assist international students in all of these transitions so that students from all over the world will know the tricks to being successful Buckeyes!

You don’t need to dress like this to be a great Buckeye.

Find Your Career Path: Career and Major Exploration and Decision Making
Theme: Academic Engagement and Career Exploration
October 30, 9-10 a.m.

Are you still not sure what you want your career to be? Are you reconsidering the major you originally chose? These are very common concerns for the first year of college. Come to this session to learn about myths surrounding making decisions about your career and do an activity to see what kinds of careers may be best for you.

Find the career that looks best for you!

Getting over the hump: Navigating the rest of your first semester
Theme: Academic Engagement and Career Exploration
Various dates and times

Of course, there are many common issues first-year students are facing at this point in the semester (and we are not talking about figuring out what you are going to dress up as for Halloween). What are some tips and tricks to help you be successful? How can you help your friends who are struggling? This session will help you learn where you can go when you find yourself not feeling at your best.

Of course, you can always get over the hump by being a camel for Halloween!

Be sure to register for your First Year Success Series sessions now at! As any experienced trick-or-treater knows, waiting may leave you with fewer treats to choose from. If you continue to be successful, you may get to wear the best costume ever in a few years…