For many, dressing up is a huge reason why going to festivals can be so damn liberating. Halloween happens to be a time when virtually everyone is in the mood to play pretend, and Headliners really embraced the spirit of the holiday at Escape. Everyone’s costume game was especially on point. These are just a few who showed up to make a statement with their wear.

Name: Hailey & Corinne
Age: 20 (both)
Hometown: Murray, UT (both)
Occupation:
Hailey: Student
Corinne: Retail employee
Number of Escapes: First one! (both)
What do you want etched onto your tombstone?
Hailey: “That bitch!”
Corinne: “An angel.”
What’s your worst nightmare?
Hailey: Donald Trump.
Corinne: Anytime I’m falling from something.
What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
Hailey & Corinne: That it brings out your inner kid.

Name: Sara
Age: 30
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Occupation: Server at a restaurant
Number of Escapes: 2
What do you want etched onto your tombstone?
“Be a free spirit.”
What’s your worst nightmare?
Being put into a room with a bunch of spiders. I hate them.
What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
Dressing up is my favorite thing, which is why this is my favorite holiday.

Name: Kelsey & William
Age: 21 (William); 20 (Kelsey)
Hometown: Tucson, AZ (both)
Occupation:
William: U-Haul employee
Kelsey: Dance teacher
Number of Escapes: First one! (both)
What do you want etched onto your tombstone?
William: “The greatest Gatsby”
Kelsey: “Be yourself and fuck the rest”
What’s your worst nightmare?
William: Cockroaches crawling all over me.
Kelsey: Drowning.
Do you have any favorite Halloween memories?
William: I got peppered sprayed on Halloween. It was the best one I’ve ever had. Me and my friends found out my neighbor had bear spray, and my neighbor dared us to get bear sprayed. So we did it and ran around dressed as clowns with our faces all red, looking like idiots, because our eyes were melting out of our head.
Kelsey: This will probably be my favorite Halloween memory. My favorite thing about Halloween is getting to dress up as whatever you want and be whatever you want.

Name: Iveth
Age: 23
Hometown: Buena Park, CA
Number of Escapes: 2
Occupation: Student
What do you want etched onto your tombstone?
Rave to the grave.”
What’s your worst nightmare?
My dog getting lost.
Do you have any favorite Halloween memories?
We’d always go to this civic center event in Norwalk on Halloween. It was so fun and scary.

Name: Amanda & Nathan
Age: 25 (Amanda); 23 (Nathan)
Hometown: Laguna Nigel, CA (Amanda); Orange County, CA (Nathan)
Occupation:
Amanda: Jack-of-all-trades
Nathan: Glass installer
Number of Escapes: 5 (Amanda); 2 (Nathan)
What do you want etched onto your tombstone?
Amanda: “Life is too short—live it up.”
Nathan: “Don’t be sad, be glad—and take a shot for me.”
What’s your worst nightmare?
Amanda: Being stuck in the zombie apocalypse.
Nathan: Giant spiders.
Do you have any favorite Halloween memories?
Amanda: Trick-or-treating with my family.
Nathan: Growing up going to pumpkin patches and going on the big slides.

Name: Armi
Age: 24
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Team lead for health insurance office.
Number of Escapes: First one
What do you want etched onto your tombstone? “Free Spirit”—no dates or anything else.
What is the worst nightmare that you have ever had? Zombies—I’m terrified by them.
What is your favorite part of Halloween? It gives everyone the opportunity to be who they want to be, and they should also try to remember to be that way on a daily basis.

Name: Alex
Age: 25
Hometown: New Mexico
Occupation: Photography
Number of Escapes: First one
What do you want etched onto your tombstone? “Had a good run”
What is the worst nightmare that you have ever had? Veins. I have major venephobia.
What is your favorite part of Halloween? My favorite part about Halloween is seeing all the kids dress up, because all of their little costumes—I love it. I also like decorating and making it fun for them, ensuring everyone has a good experience, because it’s my favorite holiday.

Name: Jennifer & Kim
Age: 27 (Jennifer), 35 (Kim)
Hometown: Anaheim, CA (Jennifer), Orange County, CA (Kim)
Occupation: Manager of a retail store (Jennifer), Cyber security in technical sales (Kim)
Number of Escapes: First one
What do you want etched onto your tombstone?
Jennifer: She lived a good life.
Kim: Here’s to the ones that we love; here’s to the ones that love us. And if the ones that we love don’t love us, fuck them, and here’s to us.
What is the worst nightmare that you have ever had?
Jennifer: Spiders.
Kim: Being in shark-infested waters.
Do you have any favorite Halloween memories? If not, what is your favorite part of Halloween?
Jennifer: It’s spooky. Anything spooky or crazy, I love it.
Kim: It’s all about doing you. Halloween is about self-expression.


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