In another nod to her cultural cachet, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see plenty of girls trick-or-treating as Ronda Rousey tomorrow night.
It seems the badass UFC champ has become one of this year’s most popular Halloween costume choices – Disney princesses are so 2014 – a top pick with everyone from adorable five year olds to slightly terrifying teens. And as you’d expect, Rousey thinks this is pretty incredible; though she’d also like to see some guys get in on the action.
“The little girls are really adorable and it’s really flattering to see that. But, man, if there are some guys dressed up as me, I think that’ll be the most amazing,” she tells Rolling Stone. “I haven’t seen any photos of that yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing some guys’ takes on me. Don’t wax the chest – just go all out.
“It’s a little crazy. When it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t seem like a real thing, but if I run into a little girl in person that’s dressed like me, that’s going to trip me out,” she continues. “The little girls in the Halloween costumes are all kinds of adorable, and they make ’em look way better than me. I should take tips from them.”
It’s made all the more surreal by the fact that, as a kid, Rousey would go all-out for Halloween, in a never-ending quest for candy.
“When I was a kid, I was the guy from Scream. I loved that movie when I was a little kid, because it was a slasher film and I was younger; so I was, like, cool and grown up because I liked Scream,” she laughs. “And when I was in middle school, I went shopping at Hot Topic, because I thought I was so cool; I got black lipstick and I was a Goth for Halloween. Then one year, I went to a really nice costume store, Robinson Beautilities, and I got this bellydancer costume with a headdress that was, like, used in plays and was really intricate.
“I’d be out there looking for the best stuff – you know, whole candy bars. I remember sometimes kids would be like, ‘Yeah, you go trick-or-treating in Beverly Hills, they give you a whole candy bar!'” she continues. “But mostly I was into volume – I’d take a pillowcase and try to fill it. I was into chocolate stuff, save the Jolly Ranchers for last. I ate so much candy, it was ridiculous. I’m never going to restrict my children’s candy consumption on Halloween – it really teaches you your limits.”
Sadly, Rousey won’t be able to do any trick-or-treating this year, as she’s scheduled to fly to Australian on Halloween to begin final prep for her November 14 fight with Holly Holm at UFC 193. As such, she hasn’t spent much time thinking about a costume, though, in keeping with current trends, she could always just dress as herself.
“I could pull that off. If I was really lazy, I’d go pretend to be myself,” she says. “That would be really fun conversations to have all day, like, ‘Oh my God, I totally hate her.'”