One night of the year lets kids everywhere -- even big kids -- live their dreams: Halloween!
Halloween costumes are an October staple, but what if you can't find anything you like or have no ideas? Never fear! Here is your guide to having the best Halloween costume ever.
There are tons of ideas that you can use for your costume. Your costume describes YOU!
"My favorite part is that everyone will get to see how creative I am with whatever I choose to wear," says Braydon Hales, a junior at Roy High School.
Andrea Reed, a senior at St. Joseph High, says her favorite part about Halloween is "being able to be a character I admire or always wanted to be and act like them for a night."
However, costumes are the tricky part. What -- or who -- should I dress up as? Where should I get the costume? What if I can't find anything?
Do it yourself
One fun costume idea is to create a group costume.
"Getting in a group together to do a group costume like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Batman and Robin is always fun," says Katelyn Barfuss, a Roy High senior.
Mariah Smith, a senior at Northridge High, says some of her friends dress up as characters from books or stories.
But she also says she thinks the theme of this Halloween's costume craze will be "mummies -- this year is definitely a mummy year."
In order to get some good variety in costume ideas, check out the Internet.
"I always recommend Google; you can get great ideas from a little research," Smith says.
But what happens if you just can't find any costume to your liking?
"When you can't find one you just make one!" Logan Call, a senior at Northridge High, explains.
Madison Osborn, a sophomore at Bonneville High, adds, "I usually make my own costumes. Choosing my costume is always my favorite part."
Hales doesn't go shopping for his costumes either.
"I hardly ever have to shop for a costume; I just use things I already have," the Roy junior says.
Fun for big kids
Many people wonder if dressing up at the teenage age is still suitable, let alone fun.
"Heck yes! I love dressing up and getting to act like a little kid for the night. ... I think it is still appropriate to dress up," Call says.
Smith says, "I don't dress up for Halloween anymore, but I like looking at costumes."
Despite not dressing up herself, she agrees with Call that "it's definitely appropriate to still dress up!"
"Who put an age restriction on having fun?" said Barfuss. "Of course it is still appropriate."
Also agreeing is Laura Sorensen, a junior at Syracuse High, who says, "You can still dress up. It really doesn't depend on age."
So now that we have established costumes are still fun and exciting, the question is where do we get them?
Smith said "it can be hard to find good costumes in the right size," and adds, "Costumes seem to be made for babies, toddlers and adults; it takes effort to find good ones for teens."
Call agrees: "It is way hard to find costumes; they don't make them in my size."
Sometimes it can also be hard to find a costume that is modest as well as fun.
"It seems that all the teenage costumes are getting more immodest, with like the mini skirt cut and I just don't want to wear that," says Sorensen.
Jackson Sheffield, a Bonneville High senior, says, "There are a ton of costumes that are ... vulgar ... but it's not that hard for guys ... girls, on the other hand, it's harder."
Despite the setback in immodesty, etc. you can still find great costumes -- you just have to know where to look.
Some stores are just known for their costume selection, which is where you want to go.
"Savers is always good. They have everything there for every age and size," Call recommends.
Another place worth mentioning? "Walmart always has good costumes," said Barfuss. "Ebay is good too."
"Spirit" stores are another place to look, although some teens say they are expensive.
No matter what your costume is -- whether you buy it from a store, make it from home or reuse an old one -- Halloween is meant to be fun. So dress up for a night as a character that you would like to be and have a blast.
Lynette Randall is a junior at Clearfield High School. She loves river rafting, rock climbing, wave running and reading. E-mail her at email@example.com.