He Said/She Said: Global Halloween Costumes

He Said/She Said: Global Halloween Costumes

While Halloween is mostly an American holiday, it seems to be enjoyed all over the world.  However, it’s not restricted to a certain day, many places we have visited seem to wear what we would consider Halloween costumes on a daily basis.  So, here are our tips for great get-ups to wear this year.


Cultural differences.  We use this term to kindly distinguish between our culture and others, but why not celebrate these differences?  Halloween is a great opportunity for us to wear clothes from other places, because a lot of their clothes make better costumes than daily wear.  Let’s be honest though, I’m no fashionista.  In fact, I’ve been wearing the same four shirts for two years straight.  But what I do know is that people could get a kick out of some of these outfits.

Is “Asian Rockstar” an oxymoron?  Maybe it’s the language difference, or maybe they just don’t have the look for American audiences.  I’m not sure, but I am sure that you could google it and find some good outfits that can be put together quite easily.  The one above is from Lijiang, China.

We introduced the song “I’m Turning Japanese” to our Couchsurfing host in Tokyo and maybe for Halloween you should consider “turning Japanese”.  As we covered in our He Said/She Said: Japanese Fashion there is quite a bit of Japanese fashion which could easily suit you for Halloween.  For the men, why not be a dancing Elvis?   For the woman who knows Halloween is about skimpy clothing, you can’t get much skimpier than Japanese skirts…  So don your Japanese fashions and dance the robot all night long…


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, because it is the one day a year that we can choose to be anything we want.  Never went to medical school, qualified for the Olympics or run for office? No problem, on halloween you can be a doctor, Olympic gold medalist or president of the United States.  Of course we all know that these aren’t the costumes anyone chooses. We all try to put together the most clever costume or if you’re female it seems you try to wear as little as possible.  So, in case you’re stumped on what to wear this Halloween here are few pointers from our travels.

Are you a last minute planner?  Than an easy costume for you is an Indian Sadhu or Baba.  You simply wear orange or yellow, paint your forehead white, stop showering for a few days, dread up the hair and don some flowers around your neck and presto you’re an Indian holy man.  Extra points if you can grow a beard.

Looking for a cheap costume?  Than grab some face paint and become a cricket fan.  I might venture to say that cricket fans are some of the most enthusiastic in the world.  They painted their bodies, wore their team colors proudly and weren’t embarrassed in the least about their appearance.

Whatever you decided to be this Halloween, enjoy the holiday for us as we’ll be in the middle east dressed up as tourists.  Make sure to share pictures of your get up too, then we can live vicariously through you.


What is the best Halloween costume you’ve worn?  What have you seen foreigners wearing that would pass as a costume at home?

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» Jenny :
Nov 2, 2012

While I recognise this post is supposed to be harmless, it does rather strike on some offensive levels. Please see the “We’re a culture, not a costume” campaign: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/28/living/halloween-costume-memes/index.html

Enjoy the Middle East. :)

LOCAVORista Reply:

Jenny, thank you for your comment. We certainly did not intend to offend anyone with our light-hearted post, however we appreciate you sharing the “we’re a culture, not a costume” campaign. If there is anything that travel has taught us it is that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and many of our stereotypes and ideas have been dispelled on this trip. It is important to keep an open mind and avoid gross generalizations.

» days2travel :
Nov 6, 2012

really funny. I think i’ll try some of these next year.

The Chuas @ LivingIF Reply:

Thanks. Glad you liked it.

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