Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Costume Suggestions

Oh you poor saps who have to dress up for Halloween at work or school this Friday. I do feel bad for you, enough so in fact that I will help out those of you who have slacked and neglected to plan your perfect costume until the last minute. Below are my humble suggestions for fast/cheap/easy (but still creative!) costumes you can throw together by Friday.

1. Bubble Gum Underneath a Shoe.
I have in fact rocked this costume, so do not be hatin'. Here's all you need: a pink shirt, pink pants, and a tennis shoe. Tie the tennis shoe on top of your head, and you're good to go. Check Goodwill or Walmart for cheap pink sweatpants (or even nurse's scrub pants will work).

2. Artist
Cut out a piece of cardboard (use an old cereal box) in the shape of an easel, use markers and draw on a color palette. Carry a paintbrush in one hand, the easel in another, and wear all black. Bonus points - use an eyebrow pencil and draw on a thin obnoxious mustache.

3. Teacher/Librarian
Glasses (on a chain around your neck). Hair in bun. Seasonal-themed sweater. Tights. Loafers. I pulled all this together from Goodwill (plus a plaid skirt) for less than 10 dollar. Extra credit if you throw in a seasonal turtleneck (or dicky!), plus as many apple, children, or pencil pins you can tack onto the sweater.

4. Fried Egg.
Take a white bedsheet, and cut a hole for your head. Find yellow material (old t-shirt that can be cut, fabric a store, felt, old rags, etc.) and cut a circle. Using double-stick tape, apply the yellow "yolk" circle on the front of the white sheet, and voila - egg over easy.

That's the best I can offer at the last minute. Of course, one can always throw on devil ears, a mask of some sort, or an old graduation cap and gown if you become completely desperate. Sister - my vote would be for the gum or the fried egg (unless you can squeeze in Lucy's bumblebee suit).

A few more ideas for you...

From Real Simple.com (Last minute costume ideas - gotta love a good pun).

  • A green clown wig + a schoolgirl outfit = Broccoli Spears
  • A plastic laundry basket with holes cut out for legs + white balloons + a shower cap = Bathing Beauty
  • A white dress + a pipe-cleaner halo + leaves in her hair and “dirt” on her face = Fallen Angel
  • Black clothes + yellow electrical tape down his torso + toy cars + Velcro = Highway
  • A pig nose + a blanket = Pig in a Blanket
  • A blue T-shirt + cotton balls + tape + a water gun = Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Rain
  • A polo shirt + khakis (or madras shorts) + a name tag = Jay Crew
  • A clear umbrella (preferably dome- shaped) + party streamers or metallic ribbons = Jellyfish

    Rearden October 28, 2008 at 10:22 PM  

    I think the wooden board that an artist uses is actually called a "palette"

    sister,  October 29, 2008 at 9:41 PM  

    Good work sis, I haven't decided yet, but the ideas are definitely flowing.

    mugs018 October 29, 2008 at 9:43 PM  

    I'm sure you can put Mom to work on a costume once she gets there... :)

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