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Oct. 20, 2010

8 by Tobey Veenstra

All dressed up Don’t


It’s almost time to get wasted and dress up in ridiculous costumes again. Or, if you like to play it safe, go around and collect candy from strangers. Halloween is less than a couple of weeks away, which means you should have an idea of what costume you want to scare/get scared in. If not, then luckily for you here is a brief costume compendium of dress-up dos and don’ts in this year’s Halloween guide.


Kal’Falnl who? You want something cool, but not overdone. Face it; there will be more than enough Lady Gagas, Jokers, Hunter S. Thompsons, and Waldos this year, but, who knows, it could be fun hanging out with 10 other people dressed like you. If you’re trying to avoid that though don’t come up with something too obscure. Obscure as in: everybody asks who you are, gives a confused look when you tell them, and then walks away when you’re explaining the specifics of the Star Wars deleted scene your character’s from.

Putting the functional in fun Along with walking that edge between obscure and cliché, there is another edge costumers need to walk. And you can’t walk that edge when you can’t walk at all. If your costume requires 8” stilettos or scuba gear flippers then you’re probably not going to have a very fun time. But then again don’t push the absurdity back too far, because Halloween is not about making sense. So make sure your costume lets you move and walk around without slowing you down. And, most importantly, that it doesn’t hinder your ability to drink.

RED RUM INGREDIENTS: 2 oz. white rum, 1 oz. grenadine syrup, crushed ice, 2.5 oz. orange juice, maraschino cherry, orange or lemon slice

PREPARATION: Mix rum and grenadine together. Pour into glass over crushed ice and orange juice. Garnish with maraschino cherry and orange or lemon slice, and serve. ELVIRA INGREDIENTS: 2 oz. black vodka, 1/2 oz. grenadine, ice, lemon-lime soda, maraschino cherry PREPARATION: Pour vodka and grenadine into ice-filled glass. Fill with soda. Garnish with cherry.

THE EXORCIST INGREDIENTS: 2 oz. silver tequila, 1 oz. lime juice, 1 oz. water, 1 oz. simple syrup, 1/4 medium avocado, salt, ice PREPARATION: Blend tequila, lime juice, water, syrup, and avocado in blender. Rim glass with syrup and salt. In shaker, shake blended ingredients with ice, then strain into glass.

Nowhere to go? LOCAL!

McMenamins - Old St. Francis School, Saturday, Oct. 30 9 p.m.: Halloween DJ - Free - 21 & over, 10 p.m.: Mosley Wotta & Friends - Free - 21 & over

The Summit, Saturday, Oct. 30 9 p.m.: Halloween Bash with DJ Steel - Free - 21 & over

Seven Nightclub, Sunday, Oct. 31 6 p.m.: Cabaret party, contest, and two year anniversary - Free - 21 & over

2nd Street Theater, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 1 through Oct. 30 8 p.m.: Evil Dead the Musical - $20, (Students $18)

Greenwood Playhouse, Wednesday -Sunday, Oct. 15 - 31 7:30 p.m. (Wed - Sat), 2:00 p.m. (Sun) $20 (Students $12)

COCC - Pence Pinckney Auditorium, Friday, Oct. 29 8 p.m.: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - $2 recommended donation

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LOCAL! RED RUM INGREDIENTS: 2 oz. white rum, 1 oz. grenadine syrup, crushed ice, 2.5 oz. orange juice, maraschino cherry, orange or lemon sl...