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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!


  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. ( 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. 😉

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