Cold Weather Spurs Wardrobe Questions

There’s a nip in the air. Frost on the ground. And chattering teeth.
But will all that stop students from dressing to impress this Halloween?

Ashley Jumper, a sophomore criminal justice major, said she is going to “wing it” for her Halloween costume, but is certain she will stay warm.

“I know it’s not going to have a lot of skin showing,” she said. “I need enough material, so a tank top is out.” Jessica Fernandez, a sophomore business and law double major agrees.

“You’re not going to wear something that has basically no clothes,” she said. “If you’re wearing long sleeves or long johns under your costume, you should be fine.”

The weather played a role in what Alison Miers, a junior communications major decided on for her costume. Originally she was going to be an Army girl, with lace up boots, shorts, and a T-shirt, but then re-thought her costume.

“I want to be cute but warm. I’m going to West Virginia, and it’s going to be colder there, and I don’t want to freeze,” Miers said. Now, she is planning on staying warm by dressing as a cowgirl, wearing jeans and a long-sleeved plaid shirt.

Many Halloween parties are going to be indoors, so a lot of students said they didn’t feel that the cold would factor into their decision-making.

“The weather doesn’t matter. I’m usually somewhere where I’m inside for the majority of the time,” said Irina Shamsotinov, a junior criminal justice major. “I’m positive I’ll have a place to put my jacket once I’m there.”

Shamsotinov said she has a solution for scantily-clad students who freeze on their way to parties.

“I usually either drive or get driven, so it’s not a factor,” she said.
Gala Kanevsky, a sophomore pre-med major, said she doesn’t think the weather should play a role in the clothing she chooses. “It doesn’t matter if I freeze for a few seconds walking outside,” she said. “I’ll be inside, and it’s not like I’m trick-or-treating.”

Amy Mattessich, a junior elementary education major, agrees. Even though she is going to stay warm by being a box of Cheerios and wearing black pants and a black turtleneck, she said the outfit should be the most important part of the night, not the weather.

“It doesn’t really matter, because I’m usually inside,” she said. “You can always wear a jacket on the walk over.”

But some others will trade in comfort for the sake of the outfit.

Sara Krupnick, a freshman film and media arts major is planning on being Alice in Wonderland.

“I’d like to look good,” she said. “I’ll probably freeze, but that’s OK. I could wear UnderArmour underneath, but that wouldn’t look right.”

Being cold in Halloween costumes doesn’t just affect females, either.

For Chris Schaefer, a senior BTMM major, shorts are part of his outfit. He’s dressing up as a gladiator.

“I don’t care about being cold. I’m tough,” Schaefer said. “I’m a Gladiator.”
For Jess Layman, a sophomore art history major, the chilly weather won’t be an issue. She’s dressing up as a mime, but she understands some people’s devotion to Halloween costumes.

“Some people who are really into Halloween will suck it up and be cold. But [staying] warm is really important. I don’t want to get sick,” she said.

This Halloween, temperatures will be slightly below normal, with a high of 57 degrees, and low of 40, according to The Weather Channel. Average temperatures for Oct. 31 are highs of 60, and lows of 44.

So what can someone do to stay warm and have a good time?
“Be an Eskimo,” said Julie Novack, a senior anthropology major. “That’s a warm one.”

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