Civet wrote:Benji- I love Halloween, too, I think it's my favorite holiday. : ) All of those ideas sound fun. Doing group costumes can be a lot of fun, too, I've done it with friends at anime conventions before and it gets everyone kind of in the right mood for the occasion.
We don't often get to do group costumes with theme type things and I don't know many people who are able to make decent costumes so they're usually hired, bought, or not very impressive. I've seen a couple of amazing homemade Ghostbusters costumes, though!
It's funny to think of someone dressing as an "American cheerleader," living in the US myself. I'm not sure if it's the case in other schools but in my high school cheerleaders didn't really wear their outfits around the school much even though they seem to wear them all the time on TV!
It's definitely the film version people go with.
Seeing real life cheerleaders isn't nearly as impressive dress-wise.
Here we wear uniform in secondary school (and a vague uniform in primary as well - when we're little we have school colours, usually red or blue or green school jumpers over grey trousers/skirt/dress, with white polo shirts, that sort of thing, although when I was little we often also got away with football shirts as long as they were mostly school colours (ours were red, white and grey, so red or claret football t-shirts were usually alright). And in secondary we wear shirts, ties, blazers (my school's uniform was black trousers or skirt, white shirt, school tie, school badge on black blazer, black shoes (or trainers - that was a rule that sometimes changed, one year they'd insist we wore proper shoes, another year they'd say we could wear black trainers)... Whereas in the films, kids in America wear whatever they like and only posh schools have uniforms (here the posher schools just have much smarter uniforms or more old fashioned ones, like the girls have to wear specific socks as well, and I've even seen kids from one school wearing boater hats!). I was in Glasgow recently and saw tiny kids wearing blazers with their school uniforms!
So, whereas there's the whole 'school girl' thing which is supposed to be sexy, the cheerleader outfits in the films are quite popular here, because we don't have that (my school didn't have cheerleaders at all, I'm pretty sure the majority don't). And letterman jackets are quite popular here at the moment, as well, even though we don't use them for teams or anything like that (which seems to be what they are often used for in America? Or that's the impression you get from films!).
R also likes Japanese high school uniform. Again, pretty funny because I think her school uniform was alright for a school uniform, and that my own was just boring and kind of annoying (and uniforms always end up looking rough anyway because you wear them every day! So blazers get really battered really quickly!). But I suppose it's just that anything looks more glamourous on TV, and you become fed up with what you're too familiar with.
Also, in some sixth forms (which are basically colleges attached to the secondary school rather than a separate college, so you can stay on to do your A levels instead of leaving to do them) there's no uniform and in some there's some kind of uniform, and in some there's probably full uniform. In mine we were supposed to wear what we liked but no jeans, but everyone started wearing jeans. I think after my year group left they became stricter, so that people had to come in in smart clothes (boys would still be wearing shirts and ties, but they'd look like they were going to work in an office instead of in school uniform).