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Costume complications Deciding on costumes through Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’


EADY FOR A HALLOWEEN barely making it out alive. Putting in the GHOST STORY? Once upon a effort to plan a costume would only add to time, I blinked. Then I opened my exhaustion. Not only does dressing up as my eyes one month later say, a zombie, take to dry brown leaves and the scent way too much work, of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. It’s now but why walk around October. feeling self-conscious For most months of the year, the the whole day? first day is the one people notice. Jan. I suppose the 1 is New Year’s, Apr. 1 is April Fools point of Halloween day. But strangely enough the last is to be able to look day of October is the most eventful: like a complete ILENA PENG Halloween. Every year, Halloween idiot without being causes me indecision. Am I too old to MUSICAL MUSINGS judged. I always trick-or-treat? Should I watch horror find myself laughing movies that will leave me petrified for along with people’s weeks to follow? And the hardest question ridiculous costumes. Even so, that voice of all: costume or no costume? in the back of my mind will still say I look Avril Lavigne’s song “Complicated” was like a fool. I can only hope that’s not what released so long ago it might as well be a everyone else sees. dead song. But its ghost still whispers in my ear, haunting me and pointing out every Tell me; why do you have to go and flaw in my thoughts concerning Halloween.

When it comes down to it, worrying about Halloween costumes is overrated. Halloween costumes aren’t all that important. But being the perfectionists that we MVHS students tend to be, we overthink everything, including the most minor of details.

I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else gets me frustrated Dress up if you want. If you don’t really care, wearing a “This is my Halloween costume” shirt is completely acceptable. And if you’re stuck somewhere in between, I feel you. Come Halloween, it doesn’t really matter what costume you’re wearing. Stop trying so hard. As long as you can eat all the diabetes-inducing KitKat bars you desire, I promise everything will be okay. e

make things so complicated?

You’re trying to be cool Three types of people exist on Halloween. People who go all out, those who pretend it’s not Halloween and people like me, who try halfheartedly. So it’s Halloween and as usual, I’m too lazy to wear a costume. The most effort I’ll put in is wearing cat ears or something else equally lax. But I know that when I get to school, there will be a bunch of people decked out in epic group costumes, complete with props and face paint. On the other side of the spectrum, there are people who wear jeans and a sweatshirt, treating Halloween like every other day of the year. And finally, those who aren’t willing to put that much effort in but still want to look like they remembered it was Halloween. Listening to Lavigne’s song, I find myself wondering if I really am trying to look nonchalant and cool or if people think… You

look like a fool to me

To be honest, part of the reason I never dress up is because I hate being made a fool of and I’m sure I’m not the only one. School is tiring enough; I stagger through each day,

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Volume 46, Issue 2, October 21, 2015  

Volume 46, Issue 2, October 21, 2015  

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