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What to Do, What to Wear: Haunted Houses or Hayrides

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Let me just be honest: I’m not a massive fan of the spookiness that goes along with Halloween. I love carving pumpkins, eating all the candy my heart desires, and dressing up, but the scary stuff is NOT my forte.

Despite my lack of horror enthusiasm, I’ve been dragged to a few haunted hayrides and houses. I find hayrides to be more doable, as you can sit in the center of everyone and avoid close contact with the scary guys. Haunted houses are worse – I literally bury my face into the back on the person in front of me and stare at my feet, ready to break into a sprint if a chainsaw guy appears.

With that being said, I’m sure many of you thoroughly enjoy haunted houses and will bravely lead a pack of your friends through the spooky hallways. So whether you are the fearless person that laughs at the scary people, or you are cowering behind a friend like me, I’ve put together three stylish – and spirited – outfits for you to wear to spooky Halloween houses and hayrides.

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Sweater, Scarf, Bag, Jeans, Earrings, Shoes

A bright sweater will keep you visible in case you lose your friends in the maze of hallways. (And it’s really cute–that’s a plus!) The scarf is sort of like a makeshift “I’m so scared I’m going to bury my face so I don’t have to look” mechanism. And it will you nice and toasty on a hayride. A cross body bag is a MUST. A clutch could easily be dropped while you’re sprinting away from the chainsaw man and a big tote will just get in the way. And show some Halloween spirit with little skull earrings.

Finally, be sure to WEAR FLAT SHOES!!! Even the slightest heel could result in serious injury. Some haunted houses have stairs or vibrating floors, or you may have to run, so stick with flats.

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Cardigan, Necklace, Sweater, Boots, Leggings, Purse, Earrings

This outfit would be perfect for a hayride, as leggings are comfortable to sit in for an extended period of time. If it’s really chilly out, throw on some sweater tights underneath. Double up on the sweaters to keep you warm AND be sure that the sweaters cover your behind. The combat boots are comfortable and will allow for easy haunted house navigation. Grab your favorite black cross-body bag and finish off your outfit with cute bat earrings and a feminine bow necklace.

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Scarf, Sweater, Jeans, Rings, Bag, Shoes

What could be more romantic than a walk through a haunted house? If you and your date seem to think that, then this outfit is for you. (Also, I think you are both slightly crazy.) This ensemble will easily transition from a nice dinner to a night full of spooks.

To start, these Old Navy jeans are AMAZING. They come in a billion colors and are so comfortable. Pair them with a thicker knit sweater and a patterned scarf for warmth and color. Again, stick to a cross-body bag and, when choosing your shoes, I would not recommend wearing flats without something that secures your foot to the shoe. Could you imagine losing your shoe in a haunted house and having to BACKTRACK TO FIND IT?! I would let the house take my shoe. Finish off your outfit with simple, stacked rings.

What do you think?

Are you planning on visiting a haunted house this year? Which outfit is your favorite? Are you a scaredy cat like me? Or are you the fearless leader type? Do you prefer haunted hayrides or haunted houses? What else would you like see from this column? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on on October 13, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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17 Responses to “What to Do, What to Wear: Haunted Houses or Hayrides”

  1. 1
    October 14th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I love the outfits, but the best part about this post is the way you poke fun at your discomfort of hayrides and haunted houses. It made for an entertaining read :)

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    October 14th, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Oh my gosh, I totally have the same fear of haunted houses! I went on my first one in high school with a group of friends and the chainsaw man was waiting specifically for me at the end due to how much I freaked out throughout the entire haunted house, and he ended up chasing me like 2 blocks with his chainsaw. It was terrifying. So I sincerely appreciate your outfit suggestions for the next time I get dragged into this. Hopefully I’m not chased next time around =/

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    October 14th, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Love all the outfits :) And i definitely agree with wearing shoes that are secured to your feet because my friend actually lost her shoe while we were in the scary hallway of the Madame Tosseauds museum, so we had to go back and the scary guys helped us to find it :D Not so scary after all, they laughed so hard :D

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    October 14th, 2012 at 6:49 am

    i love halloween! one of the things i miss the most since i moved back to germany.
    i like the first outfit

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    October 14th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    The outfits are very cute and practical. I will definetely wear them to a haunted house. Can you do a post on theme parks in fall? I know College Fashion has a lot of posts on theme parks, but they are for summer. I’ll be visiting theme parks in fall, and I don`t have any outfit ideas yet.
    Tnank you and nice post!

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    October 14th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I agree with Ali; the running joke about the chainsaw man was hilarious! I liked the outfits a lot, but I do wish that a few posts would feature outfits without skinny jeans or leggings, as some of us *cough-me-cough* don’t have the legs for them. Are bootcut or looser-than-skintight jeans so out of fashion?

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    October 14th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I think the outfits put together on this website are great, but its really frustrating that you use so many items from UK websites. The shipping charges are expensive and I’m not even able to order something that I see here.

    Can you try and start using more items from US retailers?

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    October 14th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I defenitely would if this existed in Belgium… but I’m really not sure it does :(
    the only place where you cn enjoy that here are themeparks/attractionparks etc

  9. 9
    October 14th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Love the outfits!
    And I love the humor you put in this post! Heck, all you guys always make posts fun and informing! :)

  10. 10
    October 14th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    As someone who works in a haunted house, THANK YOU for this! Especially pointing out shoes, I can’t believe how many people think heels are a good idea. You end up stumbling and if you hit us monsters it’s no fun :( Big bags, even back packs are a bad idea too.

  11. 11
    October 14th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I really like all these clothing options! I go to a lot of haunted houses, so these are all really cool outfits to wear to them! The heels idea was also a great tip. These are also a lot of good sweater options because with the cold weather I’ll need some warmer clothes soon!

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    October 14th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Ali– Haha, glad you enjoyed my honesty. (And the outfits!)

    Lea– AH! That is honestly my worst nightmare.

    Kiwee– Another of my worst nightmares. At least the scary guys were helpful!

    Katha– I’ll send you some Halloween candy and pumpkins! ;)

    Pauline– I can absolutely do that! Thanks for the suggestion!

    Katherine– You make a really great point– I’m definitely being biased towards my love of skinny jeans. I apologize for that! Bootcut jeans will forever be in style. I’ll make sure I remember that in my next post.

    Tracey– I’ll be sure to pick items from more American brands. I totally understand why that’s frustrating. I wish shipping wasn’t so expensive– they have some super cute stuff!

    Abby– :( You and your friends could make your own!

    Evanna– Thank you so much. :) I truly appreciate that!

    Cortney– You’re welcome! I would never want a monster to get hurt. :)

    Hayley– Glad you liked the post. :)

  13. 13
    October 14th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Oh I love this but where were you yesterday when I went to a haunted corn maze!!!! Ha! I’m also a big scary cat but that’s the first I’ve been too and it was so fun/ frightening! Great looks!

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    October 15th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I work at a haunted attraction in Maryland that features a hayride, haunted trail, haunted house and zombie paintball apocalypse. As pretty as these outfits are, they really aren’t that practical!! Do NOT bring a bag, even a cross body one. It could easily get lost or stolen. Wear pants with zipper pockets to store any cash you need. Leave anything important (ESPECIALLY PHONES) in the car. Wear sturdy boots and nothing else. We keep a prized shoe collection from our customers. And even though here on College Fashion I know we all like to look great, I would not recommend wearing new or expensive clothes. These attractions can get muddy, bloody and you even have to crawl through disgusting goop/water through mine!

    *** Do not put your money and phone in the same pocket! In a panic, you might reach for your phone in a dark room and end up dropping money, keys or licenses!

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    October 15th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Love the color combination in the third look. I agree wholeheartedly about wearing flats and bringing a cross-body bag– definitely must-haves!

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    October 21st, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Dannielle – yeah i thought about it :) we al ready decorated the whole back yard :D and I founded a haunted house about two hours from where i live :D not close but still, it would be worth it i think :)

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