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In which I suck [Oct. 24th, 2005|09:07 am]
Zoethe
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This morning's confession: I am terrible at thinking up Halloween costumes.

This is important this year because I actually have costume events to attend. The last time I needed a costume, I just pulled together stuff from the closet and went as a gypsy. At this point, however, none of my gypsy clothes would stay on my body, and frankly it isn't very imaginative anyway. Ferrett was much more clever. He went as Oz from Buffy, going to Buffy's Halloween party as God. He shaved his beard, dyed his hair red, got a brown suit jacket like the one Oz wore and a "Hello, My Name Is..." sticker on which he wrote "God." It was definitely a costume that only Buffy fans would get, but since we were going to a party hosted by the local scifi club, it was perfect.

I never come up with ideas that great. I'm the person who, at the last minute, cuts holes in a sheet and goes as a ghost. Sometimes a floral ghost, because who has white sheets these days? I could cut holes in our current sheets and go as a black hole. But that isn't really my idea of a fun costume experience.

No, the fact is that on a limited budget and very limited time, I need to come up with a costume by Friday - Thursday, if I want to attend the law school Halloween party. I'm too old to do sexy without being scary, and not willing to go with just dumpy and boring. I'm also bereft of ideas.

Where are those scissors, anyway?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 01:15 pm (UTC)
I know one other person who did that! It's a cute idea.
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[User Picture]From: archmage45
2005-10-24 01:16 pm (UTC)

Tornado?

One of the best last minute costmes I've ever seen was someone who wore a grey outfit, wrapped with some sort of fluffy cotton material with barn yard animals, buildings, trucks and cars, etc. all glued to it. Very inventive!
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[User Picture]From: chaosdancer
2005-10-24 01:23 pm (UTC)
I had to go quickly one year and I shredded up some old jeans (up to but not through the waist) and a couple of shirts, put on some white make-up and went as a banshee. I looked really horrible, too! My mother-in-law begged me not to do it again.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2005-10-24 01:23 pm (UTC)
Dress all in black with a little black mask and carry a plastic garbage bag full of stuffed animals, with a kitty sticking out of the top. You'll be a cat burglar!
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[User Picture]From: rhapsody_98
2005-10-24 04:41 pm (UTC)
I love! =D
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[User Picture]From: correspondguy
2005-10-24 01:25 pm (UTC)
In keeping with the title, you could dress in semi-court clothes, insert fangs and fake blood and go as a bloodsucking lawyer.
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[User Picture]From: ruka_
2005-10-24 02:17 pm (UTC)
I vote this one! It made me laugh.
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From: going_not_gone
2005-10-24 01:26 pm (UTC)
My default costume was always: black top, black skirt, very pale face makeup, lots of eyeliner, and bright red lipstick with two little lipstick dots on my neck. Instant vampire. It's unremarkable, but it can be thrown together with no more than a quick trip to the drugstore cosmetic aisle.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-10-24 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm too old to do sexy without being scary...

Well, then, you can terrify me any time.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 01:30 pm (UTC)
What I really want to do is go as Aeryn and Creighton, but I think we are a year of exercise and a lot of preparation away from that.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-10-24 01:35 pm (UTC)
A couple of ideas I've heard, which should be simple:

- wear white, put a big yellow circle on your upper body, wear devil horns: deviled eggs
- get some white make-up and black eyeliner, get a good goth look going, then add cowboy clothes: Goth Brooks
- put on a nice dress, use make-up and fake blood to mimic a slit throat (or wrists), then wear a sash (like those given out at beauty pagents) that says "runner-up"

T couldn't think of anything she liked, so she bought a costume from a costume store, and she looked really good. Me? Derek Smalls, bass player from Spinal Tap. Only thing missing from the costume (party was this past Saturday): a cucumber stuffed in the pants.
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[User Picture]From: nikkif
2005-10-24 05:39 pm (UTC)
or an armadillo in your trousers.
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[User Picture]From: raylenetaskoski
2005-10-24 01:37 pm (UTC)
get a bunch of purple balloons, blow them up and attach them to you and go as a bunch of grapes.

get some christmas ornaments and attach them to you and go as charlie browns christmas tree.

I have this feeling that you have a cape around there somewhere. Go as whichever Harry Potter teacher you feel most resembles you or that you'd like to be.

sorry, I suck at this, too. I'm having a hella hard time doing Sara this year. I think after the first 18 years of Halloween I'm getting a little worn out (Cala will be 18 3 days after halloween ... her first halloween was me dressed as a very pregnant cat).

...raylene
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 01:49 pm (UTC)
When my kids were little I was a stay-at-home mom and sewed all kinds of costumes. We had a variety of fairy princesses, all made large enough to go over a snowsuit (remember, we lived in Alaska). This was to make up for all those tearful years of my childhood when my beautiful costume could not be seen because I had to wear a coat over it. And it also meant that they got years of wear for playing dress-up.
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2005-10-24 01:48 pm (UTC)
Two options: If you watch the American version of the Office, you can steal their idea: Put three large black circles down one side of your outfit, and you're "3-hole punch Gini"

Or, my favourite is to wear a microsoft/linux/apple/etc. shirt and get an eye patch/pirate hat. Software pirate.

I did know a guy in undergrad who got devil horns, angel wings and a cat tail and went as "every girl on campus", but outside of sorostitute city, that one may not work. :P
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[User Picture]From: shadefell
2005-10-24 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm going as a Reaver! I'm wearing old torn clothes, black boots, a pair of goggles, and am combining a peel off face mask that looks like shedding skin (so good for my pores, so gross looking when it's dry!) and blood so it looks like I been cuttin on my face, and I'm painting Chinese ideogram "tattoos" on my arms.

A friend of mine is a teacher and works with special ed students. Last year she went as a deviled egg. It was a felt costume that looked like a fried egg, with red horns and a tail. The kids went NUTS. They thought the costume was the coolest thing EVER. Only... they called her "The Egg Devil." I think they enjoyed it on a different level than most people.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 02:14 pm (UTC)
I like your reaver idea!
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2005-10-24 02:12 pm (UTC)
i feel compelled to suggest that you simply pull both arms into your t-shirt, and shout at the top of your lungs: "I want some candy! Candy, candy! Everybody knows that Crazy Woman-With-No-Arms just loves candy! Now, give it to me, or I'll rip your ear off!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 02:15 pm (UTC)
Um....

Thanks for playing?

[g]
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-10-24 02:13 pm (UTC)
You could what Joel suggested on MST3K: stick some empty candy wrappers and candy boxes to yourself, spray on some silly string, and go as the floor of a movie theater.

-1em
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-10-24 02:16 pm (UTC)
EW!!!

I like it.
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[User Picture]From: tigergladys
2005-10-24 02:15 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of great, creative ideas in these comments...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-25 12:24 am (UTC)
Thanks - there are some great ideas there!
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-10-24 02:16 pm (UTC)
Olivia Newton John from her "get physical" video.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 02:17 pm (UTC)
VERY scary!
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