Students prepare for Halloween as they begin to anticipate the holiday with scares, parties and costumes.
The thought which haunts everyone at this time of year is the choice about what to wear for Halloween and the cost of that choice.
In 2014, the average person spent $77.52 on Halloween expenses, totaling $7.4 billion in sales.
Of those sales, $2.8 billion were spent on just Halloween costumes, according to the National Retail Federation, a website providing information about consumer sales.
Jimmy Kimmel, host and executive producer of the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show, said on his show that he would like to present some questions to ask before deciding on a costume.
“Is this costume going to get me fired? Kimmel said. “On Monday, will I have to apologize to anyone based on gender religion or race? Am I OK with my mom seeing me in this costume when she checks my Facebook page? If this weren’t Halloween, would I be mistaken for a prostitute?”
The honor code requires clothing which reveals midriff, excessive skin of the back, chest or shoulders, and skin above the knee by being too tight, sheer or bare, to be avoided.
Students said that Halloween costumes should not violate the standards of the honor code.
“I feel like any Halloween costume should also be able to fit underneath the honor code and under the standards for dress and grooming,” said Hans Anderson, a junior studying chemistry.
Dani Ransley, a junior studying health science, said a costume should be creative while fitting within the standards of modesty for both men and women.
Sara Jones, a junior studying biology, said she is trying to have a creative, yet modest, mind-set.
“My roommates are convincing me to dress up as Shakira with a belt that says ‘lie detector’ on it because my hips don’t lie,” Jones said. “But I’m trying to think of things that are modest for Shakira because she doesn’t really wear modest.”
Costumes do not have to be expensive.
“Jones said she will probably go to Deseret Industries and find the components to her costume there.
Jones said students should have fun with Halloween.
She said students should dress up as long as it does not conflict with the standards.
Jones said she would consider examples of provocative clothing to be short skirts, tube tops and fishnet mesh panty-hose.
“I don’t like to judge, but I don’t think it shows proper respect for a woman to be dressed like that,” Anderson said. “I don’t see why a woman would dress like that, at least a woman who understands who she is and her potential.”
Anderson said men should be modest as well.
Jones said as a rule, one should avoid showing extra skin.
“How we present ourselves to the world is a clear and often remarkably forthright reflection of who we are,” according to Style Flair Fashion, a website offering advice for fashionistas.
The way a person dresses shows the world the way they desire to be portrayed, according to the website.
Anderson said that while costumes will reveal the character of people, so will behavior.
Ransley said Halloween is a day to have fun and scare people, but it is not an excuse to go crazy.
She said not only should outfits should be modest, but behavior is in accordance with day to day activities.
“In a group, the collective IQ generally falls to the lowest common denominator,” Anderson said.
He said people tend to act out in ways they normally would not in hectic group environments, such as Halloween parties.
Anderson said not all Halloween parties are bad. They can provide a great environment to make new friends and enjoy an evening out.
He said the Halloween environment depends on whether students are following the honor code or not.
He said that if they are, then they are making good choices.