If you’re like my friends, you probably haven’t picked out your Halloween costume yet. (It’s a week and a half before Halloween at the time of writing.) If you’re stuck for costume ideas, I’ll try to get you unstuck with some helpful tips and a recommendation of the best Halloween costume for maximizing your interaction with the ladies.
Halloween is Awesome
It’s my favorite holiday, hands down, for very good reason:
It enables me to be creative. I can put together a unique costume and create a character for a night. Last year I was a Fallen Angel, with dirty wings, a skimpy (for a guy) toga that showed off my six-pack, and sandals, with heavy eyeliner and an English accent (I just love doing English accents). The year before I was a Glam rock star, with big hair, a feather boa and platform boots covered with glitter. And an English accent.
People are out to have fun. On Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays, people are under pressure. They have to deal with family (or think about the lack of family), plan travel, buy gifts, fight crowds at stores and airports. On Halloween the only expectation is to have fun.
Women are massively approachable — and they’ll more frequently approach you. This is the one night a year when women want to forget their everyday lives and just have fun. Add costumes and you have the recipe for fantasy. You also have a natural opener: comment on her costume. From there, you can role-play based on your costumes…who knows where it will lead. I’ve never failed to get numbers and dates from Halloween parties.
Dress for Success
To maximize your fun, as well as your interaction with women, it helps to have an interesting costume. And here is pickup teacher Brad Jackson with his opinion on the ultimate Halloween costume. (Caution: PowerPoint presentation. I’ve mentioned before that most guys in the pickup scene are geeks, right?)
Now that every party in America will have a dude “dressed up” as Facebook, we can move on to some principles for a great costume:
Play up your strong points. Got muscles? Go as a 300 gladiator. Resemble a rock star or actor? There’s your character. Pale? Vampires are hot this year.
Instead of a pre-packaged costume, try making your own (or make friends with a seamstress). Some rental costumes are amazing, but this late in the season the best ones are likely gone. Go with that crazy idea. Honest to God, I once went to a party on about three hours’ notice, with a random selection of socks and underwear stapled to my clothes. Yes, I went as Static Cling — and secured a date with the hottest girl in the room.
Don’t make yourself ugly or wear a mask, at least if meeting women is a goal. Ideally, she should be able to recognize you if she meets you for a date down the road. Hint: this is one time of year when it’s acceptable to wear “guyliner.”
Here to elaborate on this and more is Carlos Xuma, who is one of the better coaches out there:
As far as some pictorials with costume ideas, look no further than this list of good, bad and ugliness. You’re welcome. Now go out there and make me proud.