Attending a Halloween party in 2 days’ time but just don’t have the time to prepare for it? Don’t worry, Sample Store has got your back.
But first, we have to set expectations. We will not be suggesting mainstream Halloween costumes. If you are looking for that, you can look into dressing up as Joker or Harley Quinn (great costume references are Director Todd Philips’s Joker and Director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad). As a tribute to the mind-blowing, heart-wrenching Avengers: Endgame, characters like Ironman, Black Widow, Vision, Loki, Steve Rogers and Gamora are good choices too (although it’s going to be a little harder to find costumes for these elaborate characters).
We are going to present truly Singaporean, Mothership-/MS News-inspired, real-life heroes for you. There will be a good backstory to each suggestion so, you’ll have an interesting conversation starter all set before the party even begin.
Without further ado, these are 5 last minutes Halloween costumes that, perhaps, only Singaporeans can pull off:
1. Ingenious Yeast Bread Boy
This is a simple costume that embodies Singaporean’s unbending will and unrelenting perseverance. A true Singaporean outfit:
Photo taken from Mothership
Here’s the story behind this inspiring costume: A, likely, secondary schoolboy wore his school uniform to Parklane -- a mall well-known for their affordable, computer LAN shops. The boy wanted to enter one of the LAN shops, but students wearing school uniforms are not allowed in such shops. Instead of resigning to his fate, the boy rise above the challenge and meticulously crafted a cardboard armour in efforts to cover his uniform. It was not known his well-crafted trick worked against the shopkeeper, but his ingenuity and perseverance impressed many Singaporeans.
He definitely inspired us with his impressive cardboard suit.
Photo taken from Mothership
It’s a simple costume with an inspiring back story. All you need to do is to pick up your old school uniform (preferably PE attire) and pick up 3 cardboard boxes from nearby supermarkets. If you have thrown away your uniform or have outgrown it, you can also opt to wear any basic t-shirt and shorts. Anyways, the cardboard is a great illusionary cloak.
Steps for DIY Halloween Costume: 1) Connect the openings of 2 cardboard boxes with glue or tape. This will cover your abdomen and legs. 2) Pick up the 3rd box and cut a hole on both ends of the box. The holes are for your arms, so this can be considered the pauldron of your armour. 3) Connect the pauldron with the rest of the cardboard armour, and viola! You are now Yeast Bread Boy. May you be able to sit down in front of the LAN gaming computer for a leisurely game.
Oh, and if you are worried about what to chat about at a party, just remember that your costume has an inspiring backstory about perseverance and love for computer games.
2. Yishun Lady Mask
If yeast boy’s costume doesn’t have the scary factor that you seek, this might work. It’s simple, environmentally-friendly and eerie.
Photo Taken from @wendytoh Instagram
First reported by AsiaOne, the masks were made and worn by local actress Wendy Toh. They were initially crafted for a theatrical performance, but she decided to upcycle it as a daily fashion mask. She wears them for grocery shopping, for a leisurely night stroll and etc -- just like what you’d expect from Yishun and its residence.
There is nothing more unique than to bring little bits of Singapore’s strangerville, aka Yishun, to an ancient Celtic festival. Plus, the costume is simple! Once again, you’ll need to head to your trusty local supermarket to collect a clean cardboard.
Steps for DIY Halloween Costume: 1) Draw inspiration from tiki sculptures and cut the cardboard into your desired shape. Remember to leave a space for the nose as that is where your face is (likely) plastered to. 2) Once you are done with the cutout, tape the middle of the mask to a rubber band. 3) Wear a plain long dress and you are ready for your party. Just be careful of your footing during the party.
The conversation starters with this costume is easy: Yishun. It’s an endless topic about strange occurrences and people.
3. Singapore’s Kpop Sensation
Another alternative is to keep it light with these Kpop stars from Marsiling Primary School:
Photo taken from Must Share News
These local stars are actually teachers who shot to fame after “debuting” with a dance performance based on Black Pink’s “Ddu-du Ddu Du” at Marsiling Primary School Children’s Day Concert. If you have not seen the dance video, click here to check it out. Their performance was so outstanding that news media, like Mothership and MS News, picked them up, and their dance video received hundreds of positive comments and likes -- all within a matter of a few days!
In the spirit of being sporting, like these enthusiastic teachers, you can dress in their variation of Black Pink -- pink wigs, black shades, black tops, black pants and any colour of sneakers. This is the perfect costume if you have 3 other friends who are also unable to find a Halloween costume, or if you are a teacher. You can definitely use your costume to start a conversation about your passion for children or teaching, or respect for teachers. Maybe even talk about KPOP.
4. Jasmine Sokko- Inspired
As quoted from Oscar Wilde “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. To celebrate local talent, Jasmine Sokko, for her achievements in China online reality electronic music show, Rave Now, the best way that we can show our support for local talent this Halloween is to copy her iconic fashion style:
Photo taken from The Straits Times and Jasmine Sokko Facebook
Steps for DIY Halloween Costume: 1) partially cover your face with either mask or eye visor. Choose holographic or metallic mask or eye visor -- the more futuristic it is, the better. You can get holographic eye visors at alibaba, amazon or Daiso. Why Daiso? Cause that is where Jasmine Sokko bought her visors ;) Alternatively, you can pick up black mask that covers the lower half of your face at costume shops. 2) Pull out black, edgy outfits from your wardrobe. Go the extra mile by wearing metallic, gothic accessories.
With this look, you are probably going to attract the eyes of, not only Jasmine Sokko fans, but also fashionistas who appreciate your new-found style. +10 social points for hipster friends.
5. For The Love Of Nissin
On 1 April 2019, Nissin Cup Noodles announced that they are working with HyperX to produce this baby:
Photo taken from Your EDM
Disappointingly, it was an April Fools’ joke. But seriously, if you are a Nissin cup noodles lover, this would have been a fantastic collection right?
Since Nissin Cup Noodles aren’t going to fulfil their promise, the only way is to DIY. Steps for DIY Halloween Costume: 1) Enjoy two cups of your favourite flavor from Nissin Cup Noodles ( highly recommend the Tom Yam variant) and wash the plastic cups. 2) Pick up an unused plastic hair band at home and measure the width of your hair band. 3) Make the mouth of the plastic cup cushiony by gluing sponge/felt on it. 4) Cut a small rectangle on one side of the plastic cups. The length of the rectangle should be the same length as the width of your hair band. Don’t forget to face the Nissin logo to the front so that everyone in the party can recognise your cup noodle brand in less than 3 minutes. 4) Slot your hair band into the rectangle and tape the insides of the cup. 5) Wear plain red and/or white clothes to match the Nissin logo. Try not to wear patterned clothes so that all the focus can be on your makeshift, loud (not literally) headphones.
With these headphones, you can easily strike a conversation with like-minded fans of Nissin Cup Noodles. I promise you, you’ll find many Singaporeans. Not sure about caucasians.
As mentioned, these are uniquely Singaporean Halloween costumes with interesting backstories. I hope these spur your creative juices and may your Halloween party be a great one!
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