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Costume Parties

Costume Parties

Date: May 28 2010

Themes: Party

Grammar: Second Conditional

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A Simpsons party. A boy band party. A pink party. A mustache party. There is a nearly infinite number of theme parties you can throw when a plain old birthday party or house party just doesn’t seem exciting enough.

It can be fun to see how all your friends dress up for a theme party or costume party. Some people like to go crazy with head-to-toe costumes, while others prefer to just be themselves. Let’s find out what kind of costumes Devan and Amy would wear to a party at your house.

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Devan

Devan

Amy

Amy

Devan:  So do usually dress up for Halloween?

Amy:  I actually don’t really love Halloween and am not a huge fan of dressing up in general.

Devan:  So you don’t like costume parties or theme parties?

Amy:  I kind of like theme parties, but I like it to be a kind of party where you can be yourself but sort of with a twist, rather than going totally incognito and taking on a completely different persona.

Devan:  So you don’t want to wear like a full-on mask and costume, but if it was like a 40s party or something like that you would be willing to wear a 40s dress.

Amy:  Yeah. That’s more what I’m into. How about you?

Devan:  Um, yeah, I like doing that. I think that things where you can be real cute are fun, but sometimes it’s fun for me to just go completely like all out. Like one time my friends had a Spice Girls party, like everyone had to go as different Spice Girls, so I went as Baby Spice and had like furry hair ties…And another one of my friends had for his going away party, his favorite TV show is Arrested Development, so everyone dressed up like characters from the show, which was real fun.

Amy:  So, did you feel like it changed the way you acted at the party? Like did you sort of take on the role of that person when you were dressed that way?

Devan:  Totally. I definitely took on their persona, you know, like trying to stay in character all night, which is really hard. Once you get a few drinks in you it’s hard to keep a character and keep an accent going.

Amy:  Yeah.

 

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Amy isn’t a big fan of dressing up for costume parties. She likes to wear clothes she feels comfortable in when she goes to parties, and doesn’t enjoy taking on different personas. But she wouldn’t mind changing her style a little for a theme party.

Devan likes wearing costumes to parties. She likes theme parties where you can dress cute, but she also likes to go all out with her costumes and really get in character. The only problem is that it can be hard to stay in character after she’s had a few drinks!

Do you like dressing up for costume parties and theme parties? What is the funniest theme party you’ve been to? Is it common to dress up for parties in your country?

 

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kimmilinlein

Mexico

Even thought in my country isn’t celebrated halloween as a tradition, many people celebrated it, I really like to dress up for that party, and enjoy the music and stuff; I really like act different persona and stay in character over the night. :D

06:16 PM May 14 2013 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Yeah I love costume parties,theme parties all of this parties! hehe

I love to dress up and my favorate themes are fiction and halloween hehe

Here in Brazil we have many famous costume and halloween parties and you know,here we have one of the biggest costume and theme parties called "Carnaval" and always at the beginning of the year ;) 

12:36 PM Jul 10 2010 |

pixi*

pixi*

Slovenia

i love costume parties <3 Cool

12:09 AM Jun 03 2010 |

happy 4 ever

Oman

When i go to parties, i like to be myself. i don't prefer to stay in character or dress up. 

10:56 AM Jun 01 2010 |

branden

branden

South Korea

I want to take part in costume party, If I have chance.

It'll be really exciting and fun. Invite me your costume party

06:33 AM Jun 01 2010 |

imaginary-sj

Uzbekistan

very interesting !!!
love it

12:53 AM Jun 01 2010 |

kelly_abd

kelly_abd

China

I don't know if I really like it or not coz i haven't tried it yet. In my country ,it isn't common actually to dress up for parties.people usually like to dress casually in a party.

01:01 PM May 30 2010 |

Lex.xu

Lex.xu

China

Those parties are hardly holded in our country, it would be considered as a monster eccept richers!

09:52 AM May 30 2010 |

Rajeshri

India

I do not like to be in parties.

08:41 AM May 30 2010 |

Risk

Costa Rica

if i were at a costume party i would  wear as a ninja,, if i had money i would buy mario galaxy 2. if i past tenset …i would ..present  simple

10:32 PM May 29 2010 |

mouhammad

mouhammad

Syrian Arab Republic

Smile

02:10 PM May 29 2010 |

blackseaboy55

Turkey

bass powerr

01:30 PM May 29 2010 |

blackseaboy55

Turkey

bass powerr

01:30 PM May 29 2010 |

samy0893

samy0893

Puerto Rico

I love custome parties!!!

The last halloween I went to a costume party and I disguised like a Vampire!! It was fun.

I wanna go to another costume party!!  :)

12:02 AM May 29 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

Cool

09:12 PM May 28 2010 |

ciccleo

ciccleo

Brazil

I really like costume parties and they're pretty commom in Brazil, even most people don't celebrate Halloween, they do give themes to their birthday parties and stuff like that.

I like to dress up as a vampire, cheerleader, Britney Spears in Baby One More Time, I like to wear Japanese tradicional clothes, super hero clothes as Xena…

The funnist theme party was one where everybody should dress up as a kid…

02:28 PM May 28 2010 |

thabian

thabian

Yemen

 i like pray of our prophet

01:34 PM May 28 2010 |

thabian

thabian

Yemen

 i like pray of our prophet

01:34 PM May 28 2010 |

iwori

iwori

Japan

It's not so common to dress up for parties in my country. In the first place we don't have party habit. But it seems more people hold and take part in that parties, I've never been to though.

I want to stay in character once. It'd be so fun!

01:00 PM May 28 2010 |

娇娇(JOJO)

娇娇(JOJO)

China

um.i like parties,i can see many peole in thier funny and cute costumes that i've never seen. lol

08:18 AM May 28 2010 |

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