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Lopez: Have you gotten your costume yet?

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

The month of the spooky season is officially here, and with that come the cool weather and, more than anything, the dilemma of what to wear for a Halloween. Whether it is a costume, a Halloween-themed shirt with a festive hat or a costume you have taken the time to DIY, it is officially the time to start thinking about it seriously.


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For many years before the pandemic, I would always try my best to come up with the most festive and DIY-able costume I could. However, it wasn’t until after the pandemic that I began to find an infatuation with either throwing on a witch’s hat and calling it my costume or taking the time to go find a Halloween-themed shirt.

However, if you aren’t like me and you are planning on either DIY-ing or purchasing a costume from a store, here are some costumes I have done in the past as well as a subtle reminder for you to start picking and deciding on your Halloween costume.

DIY-ing a costume is always a great decision and something that spans from the early years of our childhood, when we were determined to have the coolest costume ever. There are so many fun and creative ways to create a costume. Personally, what I did was watch YouTube videos to help remind me it was costume time as well as help me know what to do.

This is where I thrived because I was always determined to do something that was super interesting and out of the box — I wanted to look amazing. Some costumes I created were a scuba diver, an M&M and a zombie swimmer. Many of my DIY-ed costumes were made from things I was sure I would have at my house, so I didn’t have to spend too much money. However, they were all super exciting to wear and get creative with.

I wasn’t always this creative, though, and before my creative spurt, I would just go buy some costumes from the store because I wanted to be one of the characters from one of my favorite movies that year. And these costumes were sometimes just as fun and entertaining to pull out and wear around school.

A personal favorite of mine was a Maleficent costume I wore in eighth grade, and it truly was something I never would have been able to recreate as a DIY-ed costume myself. I was fully decked out — from the horns to the makeup look that made me look like I was an actual villain — determined to still let my Halloween spirit thrive and always searching for the best opportunity to be a creative Halloween costume wearer.

However, now that the Halloween season has come, I am less about getting super invested into creating a costume and more about finding a cool shirt to wear for the day so that I am still in the Halloween mood. But I hold no judgment toward people who are still interested in dressing up for the Halloween season and making the most out of Halloween while you are still young and going out.

So if that is you, here is your reminder to get your Halloween costume ready to go for the day coming up very soon. Whether DIY-ing it or buying it from a store, it is time for you to take advantage of the spooky season ahead and get that costume ready to go.

Reach Dominique Lopez at or on Twitter @caffeinateddee6.


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Dominique Lopez
Dominique Lopez, Opinion Editor

Dominique Lopez is a third-year journalism student minoring in women’s studies and is currently the opinion editor for The Collegian.

Lopez is originally from Alamosa, Colorado, and moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. While in Fort Collins, Lopez has spent her time working for The Collegian and is a swim instructor and front desk associate at Splash Swim School.

When Lopez isn’t working or attending classes, you can find her at home reading a good book, stress baking in her kitchen or binge-watching her favorite TV shows.

She chose journalism as her field of study in the hopes that it would bring her closer to the community and provide her with the opportunity to write about what is really affecting her in that moment. Some topics she is passionate about are social justice, gender studies and finding ways to honor her community and origins through her education.

As the opinion editor, Lopez hopes to inspire new writers to be able to find their true passions in writing, as well as diversify the topics that are written about in The Collegian’s opinion section and iscuss thoughts on important issues that impact the students at Colorado State University.

Lopez is excited to pursue this new year of journalism and is eager to see what the year will bring, especially as she continues to meet new journalists pursing topics they are passionate about.

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