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Halloween Help

October 16th, 2007

I’m trying to come up with a Halloween costume. I want to think of something clever and I don’t want to spend a pile of cash. That said, if it’s an awesome enough idea, I am willing to spend some money.

But the idea – she must be great, or at least really really good. I have a track record to think about here.
*I’ve been a thought bubble. This one was interactive – I brought along markers so people could write stuff on my bubble (made of a dry erase board attached to some foam core on suspenders). That one was a big hit.

*I’ve been a cold front. I dressed all in pale blue and stretched that fake spider web stuff all across my shirt to resemble clouds. It got great reaction from others and myself – in the form of raves and a rash, respectively. (That shit is like fiberglass insulation – don’t do it!)

So you can see where I’m at.

This is also important to me because it’s the first grown up/sans child Halloween activities I’ve done since I was pregnant with her tot-ness. So I’m out of practice and really jonesin’ to do this. Not a great combination.

As of right now, I only have one idea, and I’d like to run it by all you all to see if it will work.

Imagine you are in a bar at Halloween and you see a person (in this case, a woman) wearing a sharp blue suit, carrying a bouquet of balloons and a giant check/cheque. What/who do you believe that person to be? What else, if anything, should be added to that costume to make it clear?

For the record, I have the suit. I’d just have to make the check/cheque and buy the balloons.

So help me out, please!

3 Comments »

  1. Summer says

    The woman would be one of those Publisher’s Clearinghouse people, the ones who show up and tell you that you just won a million dollars, right?

    I love-love-LOVE Halloween, and costumes, and I’ve done some impressive ones, IMO. I’d offer one warning about the costume you outlined, and that’s that prop-driven costumes can be problematic. You get stuck carrying the prop all night, making it nigh-on impossible to stand at the snack table with a beer in your hand, or if you drop the prop, your costume is less of a costume. I learned this the hard way the year I was a Valkyrie. Once I was drunk enough to make carrying the 7-ft tall (real and sharp) battle ax a hazard, I was just a chick with long red hair in braids wearing a fur bikini. One guy asked me if I was Wendy, from the hamburger chain. Last time I checked, Wendy wasn’t wearing a fur bikini, but who knows what men fantasize about.

    You are welcome to borrow my music pirate idea from two Halloweens ago. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/summerandcompany/59761374/) Other than that, I’m fresh out of ideas right now. This year, I’m going to be a witch, a fabulous fashionable world-of-Harry Potter witch, to go with my son’s Harry costume. I might even be Tonks, considering that my hair is currently pink, but I don’t know if her wardrobe is fabulous enough to satisfy me.

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  2. KLee says

    I have two ideas for you. The first is one of my own: A tube of toothpaste. I took a white sheet, painted a “toothpaste-ish” sort of logo on the front (Toofie Toothpaste — for a bright smile!” I also put on the tube “flatten from the bottom as you go up”, and a faux American Dental Association symbol. I wore a white lampshade on my head as the cap. Easy, simple, and original. I can pretty much assure you that no one else will be a tube of toothpaste.

    The other is taken straight from my stepfather’s costume from year before last. He took a bunch of small, individual-size cereal boxes and stuck them to a tshirt, which he then painted liberally with fake blood. In the cereal boxes, he stuck a bunch of rubber knives. He was a Cereal Killer.

    Either of those strike you?

    As for your idea, I concur with the Publisher’s Clearinghouse answer. That’s what springs to mind for me.

    Oooh — or you could just wear the suit you planned on, but staple panties to the outside of it, and go as a Legal Brief! 🙂

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  3. admin says

    I see the prop problem, Summer, but I think it’s going to work out for this reason: the Halloween pub crawl will double as my BFF Steph’s birthday celebration. So, the balloons will do double duty. Then, if I also feel like ditching my fake check, I’ll just claim to be something I’m not, like a real estate agent or whatever. Hm, maybe I need a name tag, too?

    Also? Dude. A Valkyrie? AWESOME.

    KLee – I think I’m so round that if I do the toothpaste costume, I’d look like that snake in Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends: all round in the middle like I’m plugged with something. 😉

    October 19th, 2007 | #

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