Tacky lawn ornaments
This will be my roommates and me in a week! There are 6 of us. I'm the pink flamingo, naturally. We have two gnomes, a dutch boy and girl, the Virgin Mary figurine, one of those jockeys that holds a lantern and hopefully a gazing ball (I've always wondered what those were good for). Someone could be that Mother Goose that roosts on a few porches in my neighborhood back home, or even a deer. Get creative!
Why be a boring, old princess when you can be a bad ass Disney villain? P.S. this is also our second idea, because who wears the same costume for all four days of "Halloweekend" anymore? We're going modern chic with characters like Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmations, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (which I'm attempting to pull off with yellow gloves, black leggings, brown boots, already huge biceps and telling everyone that I use antlers in all of my decorating.) There are tons more, too.
Take your group through time travel with duds from the 20s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Goodwill finds all the way. Oh, and while we're on the subject, you need to watch this video, both for inspiration and because it's one of the most adorable montages I've ever seen.
Now, normally I'm anti- the sexy-insert-anything-at-all here costume, but for whatever reason, I feel that this is an exception. It would be so simple to find blue, red, pink, yellow, and orange dresses and add eyes to them. And Ms. Pacman can wear a red bow! Added bonus: if wherever you end up on all Hallow's Eve just so happens to be boring, you can always play a live game. There's bound to be some giant fruits lying around somewhere.
Old school Nickelodeon casts
here. My personal favorites are the Rugrats, Hey Arnold (I call dibs on the kid who constantly appears behind Helga with the respiratory problem), the Wild Thornberrys and the Rocket Power gang. But do be prepared to have a few nostalgic 20-somethings ask you to take a picture with them.
This idea was anonymously suggested on last year's post and I thought it was really cute! You could use some of the more, we'll say "unique," color names that Crayola has come up with like Tickle Me Pink, Purple Mountain's Majesty or even Atomic Tangerine. Again, it's a simple DIY and what I like about this group is that if you aren't all going to be together each night, a crayon costume can easily stand alone. Especially if you're the white crayon, because it's used to that (sad face).
The Peanuts Gang
Another classic cartoon cast, but honestly, I haven't seen it done as a Halloween costume. The picture I have is from when my drama club put on A Charlie Brown Christmas and I was Frieda (the girl with the "naturally curly hair," shocker). Random perk: "Have you seen the great pumpkin?" could be a great conversation starter, or it could just serve as a GPS for the girls who felt the need to over-tan to look better in their costumes... eek.
The Morning After
Don't feel like being Tom Cruise from Risky Business but still want to wear a button down as a dress? Everyone can recognize a walk-of-shamer strutting home in over-sized menswear and heels in hand. Maybe it's the athletic hoodie and boxer shorts. Or maybe it's just normal to dress for the club at the crack of dawn? All you'll need are what's left of last night's make-up and some convincing sex hair and you're set. Oh, and the cold pizza is a great touch.
I think this is such a cool idea! Granted you would have to lug around the cardboard flap all night, but hey, it's a sacrifice that needs to be made for creativity. And it would make a well-deserved tribute to the late Steve Jobs.
And I use that term with the most endearment possible. Two of my closest friends are redheads. But anyway, you've got little orphan Annie, Lucille Ball, Ginger Spice, Ariel the little mermaid, Ron Weasley, Jessica Rabbit, Kim Possible, Daphne from Scooby Doo, the Wendy's girl and multitudes more. Just make sure to get wigs. Or you've kind of missed the point...
Are you and your crew being anything super clever this year? Send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll include you in next year's post!