It is the spookiest time of the year, and there’s no shortage of fun activities in Dallas when it comes to enjoying the Halloween season. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, many of these activities are going to require a costume.

Choosing this costume can be a little tricky. You need a theme. You need a style. You need something that fits your budget. You definitely want to avoid the kid look (so no Transformers, then). But you do want your costume to be recognizable and fun.

There is no hard and fast rule about what to wear. There are some steps you can take to narrow down your choices to the perfect one for you. Read on to learn more about what goes in to the perfect Halloween get up.


Consider the fun activities in Dallas you plan to attend in costume.

The costume you choose will be completely up to you. However, you don’t want to wear an 80’s getup to a zombie party, and you don’t want to wear a creepy costume to a humor-focused shindig. Before you choose your costume, think about where you are going to strut it. Find out if there is a specific theme. Even in the absence of a theme, you can probably narrow down your options just by thinking about the people who will be there. What costume will best fit with the crowd you are about to hang out with?


Account for the amount of time you have to create a costume.

Putting together a costume is kind of like making a meal: It will take as much time as you give it. Want to create a gourmet meal from scratch? You might need to devote the whole day (or two) to your kitchen. Have 20 minutes? You may need to make a quick sandwich.

The same goes for your costume. If you want, you can create your own costume, sew it by hand, and add all the bells and whistles. If you just remembered about a party happening in an hour, you might want to put together a costume using whatever you have in your closet (yes, a t-shirt, jeans, and cowboy hat do make an acceptable cowboy costume).


Fit your own personality (or don’t).

Dressing up in a costume is fun partially because you have the opportunity to be whoever you want. If you are normally a little bit reserved, Halloween gives you the chance to adopt an outgoing personality to match a costume that represents an outgoing personality.

On the other hand, you can always wear a costume that matches your personality. If you are typically an exuberant ray of sunshine, wear a costume that reflects that fact. If you are typically serious and analytical, find a costume that matches your more focused approach to life.

Match your personality, or don’t. The choice is up to you. Just make sure your costume is one that you can wholeheartedly embrace during the fun activities in Dallas you enjoy this Halloween season.


Think about your costume budget.

Last year, people spent an average of about $87 per person on Halloween. You could spend that much on a Halloween costume, but you might want a few dollars left over for candy. Priorities, people.

Regardless of what your Halloween budget is, make sure your costume fits it. You don’t want to splurge on a pricey get up and find yourself eating leftover candy corn because you don’t have enough money to go grocery shopping. Create your budget and stick to it. Discount stores, DIY options, and even used costumes are all available to help you look your best even if your budget is tight.


Consider a unique (but recognizable) costume.

Batman is cool, but three people all dressed as Batman at a party begins to feel redundant. Avoid the awkwardness, and the clichés, by adopting a Halloween costume that is totally unique. Dress up as Robin instead of Batman. Be the scarecrow instead of Dorothy. With endless possibilities, you can definitely find something that no one else has thought of

Try, however, not to be too unique. If someone has to ask you who you are, then you probably picked the wrong get up. Dress to impress with a costume people will easily recognize, but that most will not unintentionally copy.


Choose a costume that works for your activity.

Finally, when choosing the perfect Halloween costume, take what you will be doing in it into consideration. Outdoor activities might require a layer or two in late October. On the other hand, an indoor event might allow you to shed a few layers for a lighter look. You will also want to choose a costume that allows you to move if you are going to be active.

With Halloween on the way, you should be planning the fun activities in Dallas you want to attend, and the costumes you hope to wear. Consider the theme of the event, the crowd you will be hanging out with, the amount of time you have, your personality, your budget, the uniqueness of your costume, and whether or not it will work for your activity. With the right amount of forethought, you can adopt a costume that will wow.

For those of you that do not have any big Halloween plans, visit us at PINSTACK to indulge in some fun activities in Dallas. Take advantage of our happy hour specials from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and enjoy our delicious, chef-inspired cuisine. We also recommend taking part in some of our truly fun and thrilling activities, including Bowling, our Two-Level Laser Tag , our indoor Rock Climbing Wall, and more.