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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Easy, No Sew Halloween Costumes

Here are a few ideas for those of you looking for something a bit different this Halloween:

1. 50’s beatnik: black turtleneck, black slacks, black beret if you have one. A copy of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road or Allen Ginsberg’s poetry. Use a little beatnik slang: cool, man, hip, strictly dullsville, Daddy-O.

2. Frazzled mom: High-waisted mom jeans or pleated khakis, hair standing on end courtesy of Aussie freeze spray, dark circles under the eyes. Big purse with everything in it. Large bottle of fake Exedrin coming out of the top of the bag along with a Starbuck’s cup and a diaper.

3. Trash: Cut holes in the bottom of a trash bag. Step in. Stuff with newspaper. Duck tape to shoulders and strategically stick items like empty cans, crumpled newspaper around shoulders. Bobby pin crumpled paper to head and some uncooked spaghetti noodles.

4. A member of your family: Who can you best mimic? Your wife, husband, daughter, son, mother, father. Use the family member’s accessories, exaggerate the mannerisms, immitate the fashion sense. For example, if I wanted to be my husband, I’d stuff my hair under one of his baseball caps. Draw on a goatee. Wear glasses, his sandals, and a UGA shirt or sweatshirt. I have plenty to pick from in his closet.

5. Golfer: A cap, straw fedora, or visor. A collared short sleeve shirt. Khaki shorts or pants. A putter. Wear oversized logos from your sponsors, made from colored duck tape. Nod at people, touch the brim of your hat, and mouth “thank you.”

6. Bridesmaid of Frankenstein. If your mother or a neighbor doesn’t have a bridesmaid’s dress hiding in the back of the closet, go to a thrift store. You’ll be sure to find one—the more hideous the better. Create a wacky hairstyle. Overdo your make-up. Create a bouquet from silk flowers. Walk like you’re a monster created by Dr. Frankenstein and ask how many groomsmen are single.

7. Cafeteria Lady: Big dress stuffed with pillows. White Apron. Plastic gloves. Hairnet. Large slotted spoon. Panty hose with sensible shoes. Name Pin: Mabel, Gastronomic Engineer, Local grade, middle or high school name.

8. Blood clot: Safety pin red and burgundy balloons to a red or burgundy sweat shirt.

9. Unmade Bed. Sheet, pillow, pillow case with eye holes cut out, afghan or half an old bedspread. Option 2: don’t cut holes in the pillow case. Use a knit cap same color as pillow case and face paint.

10. Crossing guard. Dark sweatshirt and pants. White reflective duck tape to create over the shoulder and belt, stripe down side of pants. A whistle on a lariat. White gloves. Periodically stop and direct the trick-or-treating traffic.

Can you think of some other costumes that wouldn’t require sewing skills?



At 8:05 AM, Blogger Judy said...

A fan! Dress in a favorite team's colors and whatever stuff you might have.

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

A jellyfish: drape strips of bubble wrap and crepe paper over an umbrella.

A picnic: drape a paper tablecloth over a large cardboard box, decorate it with paper plates and cups and plastic food, and cut a hole in the middle for the wearer's head.

One of my favorite costumes was one worn by a teacher who forgot to bring a costume for Halloween: she pinned clothing articles from the lost-and-found closet to her clothes and appeared in the school pageant as...the lost-and-found closet.

A literary agent once told me she and her husband bought one surplus uniform at a discount store, split the outfit between them, and made an appearance at a party as an upper and lower GI :-).

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

That's a good one. You could even add a little sudsy drool, so you can be a rabid fan!!!

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

LOVE the jellyfish, picnic, lost and found closet, and the upper and lower G.I.!

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Mo, these are great ideas and Terry, I like your picnic idea! ha! Yes, a rabid fan with foam coming out of the mouth. You guys are clever. My son was a ninja for ten years straight. :)

Mo, I like your new picture! Your hair is getting so long!

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

I like the new picture too, Mo.

Somehow this blog and the comments helped me choose my costume for a Halloween party this year. I'm going to go as "What Not To Wear" choosing all those things Stacie and Clinton would rip up and toss away.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Hey, if the ninja works, use it!

Glad you like the new picture, too!

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

You have to show us pictures of your "What Not to Wear" costume! A clever idea!


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