I am currently reading Chuck Klosterman’s new book of essays, Eating the Dinosaur. In an interview with Bill Simmons on the ESPN’s “The BS Report,” Klosterman said that his original idea for the book was that he would write a bunch of essays covering all of the 90s through September 10, 2001. The book ended up straying from his original idea, but the book has been very 90s heavy so far and it got me thinking, the 90s are an untapped potential goldmine of Halloween costume awesomeness.
How many 80s nights are there at bars? Who really likes 80s music? I imagine that people are more in love with the style and the trappings of the 80s more than the actual music. I don’t really care to dance to Come on Eileen ever again. EVER. On the other hand, will I ever get sick of dancing to Poison by Bel Biv Devo? Never. Will Tupac or Biggie or Nevermind ever fail to satisfy me? No.
Okay, rant over. This is a long winded way of saying I think the 90s are great and are probably an untapped resource for costumes. Even if you choose a costume as iconic as today’s suggestion:
Beavis and Butthead
As a guy, this is costume hits a lot of my Halloween sweet spots
- It is relatively easy to pull off - You need a black AC/DC shirt, a blue Metallica, some shorts, and maybe a wig or two, depending on your hair. This is not a high stress costume. If you don’t feel like buying official band shirts you can probably find iron-on logos for a cheaper alternative.
- You get to be a character - Nothing makes me madder on Halloween than someone dressed in a great costume of a very distinct character (My brother has a great story about a Pee Wee Herman costume that deserves its own post at some point in the future). You don’t have to stay in character all night, but you have ample opportunity to headbang and do the stupid dance that they used to do.
- Reclaim the cool - If you wore this costume before they had broke through and taken over MTV, you would have been cutting edge. If you wore it when the movie “Beavis and Butthead Do America” came out, you would have been lame as hell. I think enough time has passed that this costume can be cool again.
- His name is Cornholio - And he needs TP for his bunghole.
So fine a fellow headbanger who also looks good in shorts, learn how to hum “Ironman” and have a good time.