On Thursday I was on my way to the UC to mail a letter. I stopped in my tracks to avoid being trampled by a runaway horse. Oddly enough, the horse was talking to a girl.
At this point, I realized that one of Colonial Williamsburg’s horse-drawn carriages was not stranded somewhere; rather, the horse that almost crushed me was actually a guy in a horse costume. It seems that somebody was a little overeager for Halloween and did not get the memo (from Sam Sadler’s knee, of course) that this illustrious holiday is not until Sunday.
For those of you still who are in need of a costume and would like to avoid the pimps and hos costume so common along frat row, here are some creative suggestions to ensure that you stand out.
If you seek inspiration in imitating our renowned alum, you could always check out any of the statues conveniently found at a location near you on campus.
Seriously, who would not want to be Timmy J? If you feel like that is too much responsibility for you, you could always go as his mustache.
This statue dresses up for every holiday, so why not dress up as it?
The Wren Building
Just check that your costume is not flammable or make sure that you stay close to someone dressed as a fireman.
Focus on the bushy tail and most people should understand. But watch out, students who are fed up with our woodland friends may release their suppressed anger on you. Better run for the nearest trash can.
William and Mary
For those of you with a power complex and a love of elaborate costumes, this plan is for you, as long as you have a friend willing to be the other half. For a greater challenge, dress up as both of them at once in the Janus double-faced fashion and switch personas mid-conversation with your friends.
For a different type of tribe pride, paint yourself green and use Halloween as an excuse to hug and sit in the laps of all those people you wish you knew.
An unidentifiable dish of UC food
This costume ought to bring the scary back into Halloween. Feel free to include onions or lemon to better simulate the real deal.
Make sure that you look at least 50 years old and carry a camera while admiring the academic buildings that are unaffiliated with Colonial Williamsburg.
Fife and Drum Corps Member
This scheme may take a little practice, but somebody must sound the alarm: “The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming!”
A communal bike
Basically, wear all orange, tie a set of handlebars to your head, and attach a bike basket to your chest. Everyone will want to take you for a spin; however, be careful. Those bikes seem to take some real abuse.
These ideas will help you stand out in the crowd of barely dressed college students (as well as the random horse). And if you are the runaway horse, fedoras off to you! You receive our vote for most creative pre-Halloween costume!