When it comes to Headliners going all out on their outfits, Escape: Psycho Circus never fails to deliver the ultimate highlight reel. From full Dia de los Muertos face painting and bejeweled bodies, to DIY Pokémon characters, Headliners got super creative this year. We posted up in the Psycho Circus and wrangled in a few extra special ravers to find out what their outfits say about their personalities, what they’re most afraid of, and how they “escape.”

 

Name: Sarah
Age: 27
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Occupation: Corporate company
Number of Escapes: First time!

How do you Escape?
Going to things like Escape, hanging out with friends, and pumpkin carving contests.

What is your biggest fear?
Dying without achieving anything substantial.

What does your outfit say about you?
I like to have fun!

 

Name: Sebastian
Age: 29
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: ICU nurse
Number of Escapes: First time!

How do you Escape?
Going into crowds and living every single moment.

What is your biggest fear?
The unknown. Dying early (and) not seeing everything there is to see.

What does your outfit say about you?
I like to get dirty.

 

Name: James
Age: 31
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Occupation: Web hosting
Number of Escapes: First time!

How do you Escape?
I like to be creative, like with this costume.

What is your biggest fear?
Not accomplishing my goals. 

What does your outfit say about you?
My outfit represents my culture because I am Mexican and Day of the Dead is next weekend. I love the culture of it and the whole experience, and of course paying respect to those who have passed away before us.

 

 

Name: Mariah
Age: 20
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Occupation: Manager at Target
Number of Escapes: Two

How do you Escape?
I come and enjoy everyone’s vibe and all of the music.

What is your biggest fear?
Being lonely. 

What does your outfit say about you?
I have confidence and I’m here to live in the moment!

 

 

Name: Ray
Age: 26
Hometown: Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Personal trainer and gym manager
Number of Escapes: Two

How do you Escape?
Fitness; doing what I feel is best for me and my body every day.

What is your biggest fear?
God. 

What does your outfit say about you?
This is me, I am dark. I lived a dark life but I embody who I am. I know it’s dark and a little bit seductive, but I am seductive in a way.

 

Name: Mauricio & George
Age: 32 (both)
Hometown: La Puente, CA (Mauricio); The Valley, CA (George)
Occupation: Instructional lead for special education (Mauricio); Retail clerk (George)
Number of Escapes: Three (Mauricio); Five (George)

How do you Escape?
Mauricio: By having the freedom to do this and be silly!

What is your biggest fear?
Mauricio: Oh boy, do we have time for this? Definitely fear of heights and sleep paralysis.
George: Anxiety. 

What does your outfit say about you?
Mauricio: We’re horror fans and we like a little drag every now and then. 

 

Name: Rich
Age: 30
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Software development
Number of Escapes: First time!

How do you Escape?
I like doing yoga, it’s so peaceful. I’m just like breathing and I close my eyes and I feel like I’m in a different world every single time.

What is your biggest fear?
Maybe if I see a ghost! 

What does your outfit say about you?
I want to go to another world that is unimaginable.

 

 Name: Moses & Waching
Age: 24 (Moses); 22 (Waching)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA (both)
Occupation: Restaurant worker (Moses); Store manager (Waching)
Number of Escapes: Four (Moses); Two (Waching)

How do you Escape?
Moses: Music, definitely. I feel like when you’re listening to music and when you’re going through stressful moments, music is the greatest distraction.
Waching: I think through art in general. I draw and I create lots of things. Making these costumes was a way from running away from my problems. Also music; I feel like it all goes together.

What is your biggest fear?
Moses: Mayonnaise, for sure. It scares me. Everything about it freaks me out. I had a friend who put it in my mouth as a joke and I threw up. It’s a big fear of mine.
Waching: I think for me it’s going to be time because even though I’m young and I’ve had a pretty beautiful and vibrant life, most of the things that I lost was because of time.

What does your outfit say about you?
Waching: I think it reflects my personality very well. I like to shine at least once a year.
Moses: I think my outfit kind of says I’m shining.

 

Name: Stephanie & Justin
Age: 30 (Stephanie); 35 (Justin)
Hometown: Venice, CA (both)
Occupation: Nutritionist (Stephanie); Trainer (Justin)
Number of Escapes: Two (both)

How do you Escape?
Justin: Stretching and weight training.
Stephanie: A quiet spot on the beach by myself.

What is your biggest fear?
Stephanie: Probably heights.
Justin: My close ones passing away. 

What does your outfit say about you?
Stephanie: I would say mine is completely opposite of how I usually portray myself; mystical, grey hair and tall.
Justin: I’m dark, mysterious and sexy.

 

Name: Ana
Age: 22
Hometown: Brazil
Occupation: Actress
Number of Escapes: First time!

How do you Escape?
I feel like at some point, you have to face reality, so I don’t like escaping. I would rather just face it and move forward with it, but raves and music help me get my mind off of most things.

What is your biggest fear?
Spiders. It’s very random but I hate, hate spiders. 

What does your outfit say about you?
I feel like a perfectionist, and I always like to go all-out at raves—it’s a little about the patience and putting in the work to do it.

 

Name: Miguel
Age: 29
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Occupation: Machine operator
Number of Escapes: Four

How do you Escape?
Good vibes, big laughs and good friends.

What is your biggest fear?
Not living life right. 

What does your outfit say about you?
I like giving people a good laugh. Dressing up like this and seeing people react to it makes me happy.

 

Name: Macy
Age: 28
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Occupation: Labor and delivery nurse
Number of Escapes: First time!

How do you Escape?
I escape by being my true inner on the outside. I like to illustrate words that can’t be spoken though art.

What is your biggest fear?
I have a lot of nightmares about bad things happening to my leopard geckos. 

What does your outfit say about you?
That the dead and the living work together. Be light, because death is not something to be afraid of.

 

Name: Ashley & Quan
Age: 28 (both)
Hometown: San Jose, CA (both)
Occupation: Marketing operations (Ashley); Legal department (Quan)
Number of Escapes: Two (Ashley); First time! (Quan)

How do you Escape?
Ashley: I come to Insomniac events!

What is your biggest fear?
Ashley: It used to be Halloween but after going to Escape I’m like, “It’s not that bad!”
Quan: Failure—but that just motivates me to come back from failure.

What does your outfit say about you?
Ashley: We wanted to dress up together so I dressed as Goldeen from Pokémon and Quan dressed up as Magikarp. We’re both derpy fish.
Quan: No matter how derpy I am, I can still conquer the day and splash my way through life!

 

Name: Corey & Jewelz
Age: 24 (both)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA (Corey); Anaheim, CA (Jewelz)
Occupation: Lots of shit! (Corey); Fire dancer (Jewelz)
Number of Escapes: Three (Corey); First one! (Jewelz)

How do you Escape?
Corey & Jewelz: Playing dress up!

What is your biggest fear?
Corey: Opening up to someone and them rejecting you.
Jewelz: Clowns. 

What does your outfit say about you?
Corey: We’re both faeries today. I wanted to dress up light and bright and happy and fun. I wanted to bring the light and the fun today.
Jewelz: Yesterday I dressed darkly so today I’m showcasing my lighter side.

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