Halloween Costume Idea: Raver

posted on 8/13/13

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The raver is a dude who seriously has life figured out. A free spirit, he’s a slave only to the rhythm–usually a pounding, repetitive rhythm with a ton of bass. There’s never a dull moment with the raver around, whether he’s enthusiastically telling you about his philosophy of the interconnectedness of all souls, or sweatily asking you if you’ve seen his friend Molly around anywhere. He probably studied comparative religions at a liberal arts college. He almost certainly knows where to buy the cheapest glowsticks. And he wants to be your friend, just as long as you can talk about psytrance for several hours at a stretch. With our help, we’ll get you looking, acting, even thinking like a raver in no time.

His radical commitment to uninhibited, off-the-wall free expression makes locking down the elements of his style a little tricky–not to mention “totally Uncool.” Still, careful field study has revealed several hallmarks of the raver dress code.

First and foremost, it is of emphatic importance that he never wears a shirt… after all, even the thinnest layer of polyester would put him in grave danger of overheating on the dance floor. Besides, what’s the point of being a super lean vegetarian if nobody ever gets to appreciate your zero percent body fat?

Second, the unwritten raver law is that anything that CAN glow, MUST glow (or light up). This means necklaces, sunglasses, bracelets, fiber-optic hair extensions, glowsticks… if it can even possibly be made to produce colored light, it damn well better. At a rave, the ravers ARE the decorations.

Third, a good raver must try to secure something that makes an annoying noise on command. You’re not really contributing your part to the whole rave experience unless you can blast out the rhythm you’re hearing in your head on a shrill whistle.

Fourth, the truly enlightened raver often wears a huge, fuzzy animal hat. Nothing says “I’m in touch with my spirit animal” like a synthetic fiber winter hat with an adorable face and an attached set of paws. And hey, why not throw a top hat into the mix?

Finally, your basic raver is probably going to want to take along at least one garment that has nice, deep pockets. You know, for carrying… stuff. Rave toys. Pacifiers. Other… stuff. Deep pockets for stuff is another pillar of the raver lifestyle.

And there you have it! Armed with this information, your chances of infiltrating the raver subculture are guaranteed to be about as high as… well, everyone IN the raver subculture.

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