Every year around Halloween, various spooky events happen, including the Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.  This event is similar to the well-known Comic Con but for all things scary.  It includes costume contests, scary movies, and interactive events like panels and interviews.

Even if you are not in Kentucky, many towns and cities have their version of Scarefest with costume contests and spooky mazes.  Many people dress up for these events in their scariest costumes, but there are also many alternatives if you don’t want to pull out a costume. 

At these events, it's important to dress and feel comfortable so you can enjoy the activities without worrying about your outfit.  From partial costumes to casual streetwear, there are many options to choose from to fit the Halloween aesthetic of a Scarefest. 

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Spooky Costume

Spooky Costume

Many Halloween enthusiasts try to find the scariest costume they can find.  A scary outfit can be full of horror, such as a scary clown, or even your favorite monster or character from a horror movie.  

This is a chance to unleash your creativity and have fun creating a one-of-a-kind costume to delight and scare others at Scarefest.

Find more spooky costume ideas here.

Fun Costume 

Fun Costume

If you want to dress up but don’t want a horror-themed costume, many other themes are fun without being gruesome.  Consider going as something relevant in pop culture that year or as your favorite fictional or fantasy character.  

Why not try an enchanting fairy costume? 

Villain Costume 

Villan Costume

Scarefest is a great opportunity to showcase your favorite villain, whether it be from a horror film or any other medium like a book or TV show.  Many villain costumes are detailed and dramatic, making them a fantastic option to recreate. 

Learn what demons wear here.

Masks 

Masks

A mask is a great way to complement the rest of your costume, or even add a bit of flair to your regular clothes.  Some events don’t allow full face masks, so make sure to check their rules ahead of time.  

Masks can be spooky, or a great way to add some flair to your outfit and accessorize, such as a masquerade mask. 

Check out these stunning masks.

Props 

Props

Scarefest does allow props as long as they are not real weapons or dangerous. To fully complete your costume, consider including the relevant props to your character. This can be anything from a pirate sword to go with your pirate costume, to a stethoscope to go with your doctor costume.

Discover more looks and occasions to pair with your props.

Graphic T-Shirt

Graphic T-Shirt

If you don’t want to dress up but still want to participate in the horror enthusiasm of Scarefest, a graphic T-shirt with your favorite villain or Halloween film is an easy, casual way to go about it.  

Even a graphic T-shirt with Halloween elements such as pumpkins or skeletons will fit in with the scary-themed crowd.

Take a look at these graphic t-shirts.

Plaid Shirt 

Plaid Shirt

A plaid shirt is a great choice for fall as well as for Halloween.  Plaid is also seen in many Halloween films and is popular in a grunge aesthetic. Pair your plaid shirt with a pair of ripped jeans or layer it over your favorite graphic t-shirt for a complete look. 

Find more plaid and flannel shirts here.

Spooky Colors 

Spooky Colors

Spook colors such as black, white, and orange are not only an easy way to blend in at a Halloween event but are also versatile colors you can wear all year round.  The combinations of these colors are endless, providing you with an empty canvas to experiment and play with. 

Style more spooky looks with these orange-colored combos.

Face Paint 

Face Paint

Wearing a full face of paint, or adding a touch here and there is another great way to add a splash of spookiness to your look.  Paint on a full scary face, or draw a few small jack-o-lanterns or skulls on your cheeks for a more subtle touch.

Find more aesthetics to wear face paint with.

Hands Free Bag

Hands Free Bag

At Scarefest, you will be doing a lot of walking and engaging in activities, making a hands-free bag a must. Securely store your belongings for the day without your bag getting in the way of your outfit or from enjoying the spectacles of the day. 

Discover more affordable and sustainable bags here.

Black Platform Boots 

Black Platform Boots

A great way to add some drama to your overall look is with a pair of black platform boots.  Black platform boots will compliment your costume, goth look, or even regular outfit.  They are a versatile shoe option that will help elevate your look and add a touch of alternative, spooky energy. 

Try a pair of eco-friendly boots.

Ripped Clothes 

Ripped Clothes

For both a grunge and horror-like aesthetic, ripped clothing is a fashionable and easy way to go.  Consider wearing your favorite pair of ripped jeans, shorts, or crop top.  You will look like you are running from a Halloween monster without even trying. 

Check out these grunge brands to complete the look. 

Overalls 

Overalls

Overalls are not only a great, practical layer that can be worn over a t-shirt or under a sweater, but they are also a popular choice worn by characters in Halloween films to this day.  Overalls create a complete look as is, or a blank canvas to add accessories like Halloween pins, or props. 

Try out an ethical and sustainable pair of overalls.

Goth 

Goth

Another popular aesthetic for Scarefest is to embrace your inner goth, including all-black clothing, combat boots, and thick chains and jewelry.  Pair your outfit with black makeup and accessories and you will look ready to star in a Halloween movie. 

Get inspired by more goth girl aesthetic ideas here.

All Black 

15 Scary Yet Stylish Outfits To Wear To Scarefest

An alternative to full goth is to wear black clothing and accessories to Scarefest.  This is an easy, accessible option for anyone attending.  Wear as much black as you feel comfortable, whether that means black from head to toe, or incorporating black with a t-shirt or pair of pants. 

Find more all-black outfits here.



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