Did you ever hear people say that Halloween is their favorite “holiday?” Well, I happen to be one of those goofy people that consider dressing up in ornate costumes and scavenging the town for free chocolate, a “holiday.”
I am an expert, in fact, on making unique and sometimes bizarre Halloween costumes. Maybe it’s because as a child I wore those pathetic plastic costumes from the dime store or maybe it’s the fact that my family has hosted an enormous Halloween gala for the last twenty years. I’m not sure what the reason is, but I really get into this “holiday.”
For almost the entire year, I think about and consider original costume ideas. I search Ebay and thrift stores for cheap accessories, clothes, wigs and more. I also set a goal for myself to have a costume design, on paper at least, by Labor Day. Here are some of my wacky, yet economical ideas:
That’s right, one year I dressed up as Kramer from the renowned sitcom “Seinfeld.” I started by purchasing a silky, multi-colored, patterned button down shirt from Target for $14.99 and mismatched it with a loud sport coat that I bought from a thrift store for $5. Next, I found an old pair of my own khakis that were just a tad too short and combined them with white socks and black shoes. Since I am a female with long, brown hair, I had to pin up the back of my tresses and curl and tease the front to obtain a Kramer affect. Finally, a chunky $3 cigar topped off this hilarious costume.
For this somewhat silly idea, I started with purchasing a brown curly wig for $10 at a local costume shop. I then acquired a white tank top and embellished it with sequins and paint pens spelling out well-known Simmons phrases like, “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” and “Deal a Meal,” on the front and back. Next, I trimmed some curls from the wig and used double stick tape to adhere them to the inside of the neckline and armpits, creating the illusion of chest and underarm hair. Finally, I bought a pair of red shimmering shorts and white bunchy socks to complete this ridiculous, yet comfortable costume idea.
For this beloved “Adam’s Family” relative I dressed in a black turtleneck, pants, shoes and gloves. Next, I took two shiny grass skirts that were left over from a previous luau and put one around my waist and used Velcro to connect the other one to a black derby hat creating one long, flowing, hair-like garment. I added black sunglasses and was suddenly transformed into Cousin It.
Mary Katherine Gallagher
This infamous “Saturday Night Live” Catholic school girl character came to life a few years ago at one of our annual parties. I purchased a plaid pleated skirt on Ebay for $8 along with a navy blue vest for $5 and dorky eyeglasses for $3. I added my own white blouse with a ribboned collar and a head band and also wore high white socks and gym shoes. I truly was a “superstar” that night!
For this notorious and fashionable heiress, I found a long, luxurious blond wig on Ebay for $20. I then purchased rhinestone letters that spelled out the name “Paris” for $10 and strung them on ribbon to create a sparkling necklace. Next, I wore a darling red mini dress, oversized sunglasses and sexy sandals and carried a small handbag with a stuffed puppy peeking out of the side. Today, a pair of handcuffs would make a hysterical and appropriate addition!