This past Halloween was a huge success with tons of students dressing up in innovative as well as scary costumes: from kitty cats, to ninja’s, to V for Vendetta, and even fully body suit banana’s; you could say students went all out.
Now where is it that these students resort to purchase their innovative costumes? Party City. With their 750 franchise outlets, including Party City, Halloween City, and Factory Card & Party Outlet, they are known as North America’s largest vendor of party retail. This year alone, Party City has estimated to have sold around $8 billion worth of Halloween supplies and costumes. Having originally started in East Hanover, New Jersey in 1986, their main goal was to create a “one-stop party supply shop”. With nearly 800 stores nationwide, including many super sized stores, Party City has certainly monopolized the holiday market.
After doing a little research, I looked up this year’s top trending Halloween costumes and was not surprised to find that they included the minion costume from Despicable Me, Breaking Bad characters, the Fox, Duck Dynasty, Miley Cyrus, Minecraft, Daenerys , Batman, Great Gatsby dress costumes, and Daft Punk costumes.
Looking back at Rollins’ celebration of Halloween and the diversity of our school, there were many new students who weren’t used to the extent at which Halloween is celebrated here in the states. Johanna Olsson ‘17, from Sweden exclaimed her absolute shock as to the provocativeness of many of the costumes she saw, “Well for Halloween I dressed up as a ninja and was wearing a black robe, a headband, and sword and I thought I was showing a lot of skin. Then I went to meet up with some of my friends and I was basically a nun. I mean I just couldn’t understand how the girls dressed so slutty, but hey welcome to America.”
Well I guess the best way to end this would be to quote a very famous movie that I’m sure many of you are familiar with; “In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.” ~ Mean Girls