|Mary Poppins and Bert|
With the glare of the hot summer sun finally waning, it’s time to look towards autumn and the haunting horrorfest that is Halloween. For one night only, witches, warlocks, ghosts and ghouls descend upon the world - surely it doesn't get scarier than that, right? Wrong.
There is one thing more bloodcurdling than all the living dead combined, something capable of scaring those spectres straight back to their coffins: couples in matching Halloween costumes. Halloween fancy dress is, let's face it, the best thing about the holiday. Whether you spend hours perfecting intricate makeup or just get as gleefully gruesome as possible, it's a chance to be whatever you want to be.So if what you want to be is glued to the hip of your current partner, is there a way to make it hilarious, or is cringing simply inevitable?
The best way to make matching costumes cool is by aiming for the exact opposite. Covering yourselves in head-to-toe yellow paint to play Marge and Homer Simpson makes you that awesome couple who don't care how stupid they look and are all about having a good time. Dressing up as Brangelina in Mr and Mrs Smith, on the other hand, suggests both a worrying level of narcissism and a serious lack of effort as far as costumes are concerned. Wear black tie for Halloween and you may as well hold up a giant sign reading 'couldn't be bothered.' Similarly, be careful to avoid one-sided costumes - by which we mean boyfriends nagged into dressing up as Disney Princes and girlfriends persuaded to spend hours attempting to get their hair into Princess Leia-style buns. Anything that suggests 'under the thumb' instantly marks you out as cringe, not to mention being pretty unfair for the one stuck in the stupid outfit.
If you're set on a couple's costume, just make sure the decision is as democratic as possible. At the end of the day, you can get away with almost anything as long as you both look a) like you're having fun, and b) as utterly idiotic as each other.
This post was written by Catherine Lavinia.
I've actually always wanted to try a couples costume, but I wasn't sure where to start. There is definitely a fine line between hilarious or cringy pairings!
Have you done "matching" costumes with your significant other or friends? What did you go as?