Boo Berry cereal box with ghost wearing a bow tie

Bow Ties and Halloween

Spooky Ghouls

Boo Berry cereal box with ghost wearing a bow tie

Boo Berry cereal box with ghost wearing a bow tie

Kids of the 1970s likely remember the Monster Cereals — Count Chocula, Franken-Berry, Boo-Berry, Fruit Brute, and Fruity Yummy Mummy. Since 2010, General Mills has brought them back briefly each year for Halloween, which is a boon for hoarders and collectors. While I like sugary cereals as much as the next guy (Malt-o-Meal’s Fruity Dyno-Bites is my favorite (lucky me that I enjoy the cheaper brand)), I’m not a devotee of these vintage cereals.

Now that Boo Berry is back on grocery store shelves, I’ve noticed that the ghost on the box (both the older and newer versions) is wearing a bow tie. I also noticed this as I’ve seen other Halloween decorations that have bow tie clad ghouls. This isn’t something that has stood out to me before.

As I’ve thought more about the Boo Berry ghost, the Count Dracula cereal also came to mind. As a vampire Dracula is a character who enjoys more attention during Halloween, and like the aforementioned, he’s also commonly seen wearing a bow tie. As someone who dresses rather formally, it’s no surprise that whenever he’s seen in pop culture, he’s dressed with with such neckwear. In fact, I’ve seen him in white tie attire. Vampire is an occupation that requires a strict dress code.

Costume Ideas

Count Dracula

Count Dracula

If you want to incorporate bow ties into a Halloween costume, I would avoid trying to find black and orange ties. That’s not to say that orange isn’t a perfectly fine color to have in one’s wardrobe, but trying to wear Halloween colors through one’s neckwear doesn’t really make sense.

While during Halloween you can enjoy a lot of freedom as you can during Saint Patrick’s Day when one can go crazy as long as their neckwear has some green, you should also exercise creativity.

With all of this in mind, there are plenty of other ways to sport a bow during the holiday. I suggest dressing up as someone who wears them. Count Dracula, for instance, is one obvious option. Other options include:

You have plenty of options. So have fun. You can find ways to go more zany than during other holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s, and Easter when dress standards are less staid.