November 5, 2021 | LIFE | By Olivia Hahnemann-Gilbert

This Halloween, Colorado College students said an enthusiastic “yes” to going all out with costumes. From flocks of people in green morph suits to the iconic Scooby Doo gang, CC students wowed the Colorado Springs area, and probably the entire world, with their creativity. 

Take Halloween enthusiast Amelia Allen ’23 for example.

“I wanted to look hot, and I did,” she said. 

Allen was one of many sexy vampires this past Halloweekend. Her look consisted of black jean shorts, a black top, fishnets, a black cape (courtesy of The Arc thrift stores) and fake blood makeup. 

With this powerful costume, she absolutely sucked the blood out of her competition.

Allen had previously considered being a sexy vampire for Halloween in the past, but self-consciousness had unfortunately taken over.

“Freshman year, I didn’t want to be a sexy vampire because I thought it was too basic,” Allen said. “However, this year, I decided to go for it.”

And go for it, she did. An especially impressive element of Allen’s costume was her unwavering commitment; she spent the entirety of Saturday evening in her costume, including at the CC vs. Air Force hockey game. 

For her charisma and her truly vampiress-like energy, I give her a 7.5/10. Allen truly rocked this classic, yet bold costume. One might even go so far as to call her the Edward Cullen of our time. 

Our next costume spotlight is Amanda Bradley ’23, who rocked the Halloween stage with her iconic lighting and appliance technician costume. Bradley drew inspiration from her uncle Scott, who works as a technician in Canada. 

“Not all heroes wear capes,” Bradley said.

Bradley delved into the process of making the costume decision.

“I took a hard look at my closet and asked myself, what do I have? Well, I have work pants and tools,” she said.

And thus, Bradley’s costume was born. She made use of her work pants, completing her look with two screwdrivers and a hammer which were placed in the pants’ tool pockets. The tools in particular seemed to be quite the crowd-pleasers.

“I think that the tools really brought out an innate, childlike curiosity; everybody just wanted to hold them,” Bradley said. 

This interactive element played a pivotal role in the success of her costume.

The only drawback to the tools, she explained, was the heaviness. As she danced and jumped around, filled with Halloween joy, she found herself frequently having to readjust her pants.

This leaves us with the question: will Bradley be America’s next top lighting and appliance technician?

Given her impressive creativity and devout dedication to the costume, even when presented with wardrobe challenges, Bradley receives an 8/10. May Bradley be a Halloween inspiration to us all.

Lastly, we have a couple who took on the costume of a classic dynamic duo: the famous Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from the kid’s television show, “SpongeBob Squarepants”.

“As a child, I often looked to SpongeBob for inspiration,” said Olivia Dossett ’23. Dossett dressed as Mermaid Man, while her girlfriend dressed as Barnacle Boy. 

The couple knew they wanted to execute a costume together, and they spent a while attempting to craft the perfect one. 

“We tossed around a few ideas, but ultimately came to the conclusion that what truly reflects our essence is Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy,” Dossett said.

The Mermaid Man costume consisted of teal shorts and an orange shirt to which Dossett taped purple paper cut in the shape of shells. Finally, she added a cut-out letter “M” taped to her neon green belt. Barnacle Boy was dressed in black shorts, a red shirt, a blue bandana, and a sailor boy hat. 

According to Dossett, a long and grueling history went into the choice of this costume. 

“I’ve actually thought about doing this costume collaboration for a few years now, but I had always doubted myself; I felt like it was finally time for Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy to shine,” Dossett said.

As the costume finally came to fruition, they indeed shone brighter than ever before. 

“We learned a lot about ourselves and each other through this experience; for example, that we both like SpongeBob and Halloween,” Dossett said.

For a story so heartwarming, this couple’s costume receives a 9/10. Their companionship throughout the execution of this glorious costume is the pinnacle of relationship goals. 

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