Cupid's Pulse Article: Date Idea: Play Dress UpCupid's Pulse Article: Date Idea: Play Dress Up

By Sarah Ribeiro and Bonnie Griffin

Tired of being cooped up all winter? For this date idea, refresh everything you learned in college acting class by pretending to be someone you’re not. Dress up with your honey and have the time of your life on date night revitalizing your imagination.

Date Idea: Take date night to the sky with your imagination and a costume!

Search for nightclubs having costume parties and spend the night dancing in your babe’s arms dressed as the king and queen of the ball. Many city nightclubs have themed nights, such as sci-fi, masquerade, 80’s attire, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ or even ‘Twilight.’ Club Oberon in Boston has a weekly “Donkey Show”: while their dance party rages on, a subtle re-enactment of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is performed around the club. Additionally, Marquee in Manhattan throws a European party every Friday, celebrating the party cultures of different European nations.

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Go to a cosplaying (costume playing) convention and tap into your inner nerd, dressing as your favorite comic book character and reaping the benefits of watching early film footage and trailers. Ohayohcon and Setsucon are two huge conventions that are traditionally held the last weekend in January in Columbus, Ohio, and at Penn State College respectively. Be sure to stick around once the convention ends: the after parties are usually at local nightclubs where you can party all night with your sweetheart.

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If you enjoy more ancient stories, visit a renaissance fair or even try out LARPing (live-action role-playing). You and your honey can dress as medieval royalty and play pretend in another century. Live out a fairy tale adventure together as your knight in shining armor saves you, a damsel in distress, from the hands of an evil dragon. You can act like your favorite ‘Lord of the Rings’ character or get into a more recent groove and dress up as someone from HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’

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If you don’t have the money to be hitting up the city (or don’t live near one), stay in for the night. During the day, head to your closest Goodwill store and get 20 dollars worth of old, strange clothing and accessories. Once you get back home, come up with the most ridiculous outfits that you and your partner can create. If you want, you can even put outfits together for each other. Make up scorecards and judge each other on creativity and hilarity.

At the end of the date, the two of you can take a photo in your get-ups and frame it as a memento of the silly and imaginative time you had together.

What are your favorite dress-up dates? Tell us below.