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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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[User Picture]From: gieves
2005-10-24 02:17 pm (UTC)
Jim and I are the masters of the 'Oh Crap! Halloween Party in 4 hours!' Costume. They're usually astonishingly cheesy, and we have been blessed by non-theme parties generally, but they are amusing:

1. Penguin - black shirt, black pants, big white felt oval pinned to shirt and pants, yellow (stiff) felt -> beak, yellow floppy felt to cover shoes.
2. Shark (accompanied by scuba diver) - grey hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants, 1/4" thick foam rubber cut into teeth and attached to arms (hands tucked into opposite armpits -> jaws), and fins made from styrofoam and velcro-attached.
3. The sheep - with the assistance of a med school student and her Tyvek suits from anatomy, this was the product of several hours with glue and cotton balls, with black gloves and boots and some face paint to finish the look.

Next weekend I'm going to be a bridesmaid for a friend and will miss all the Halloween parties, so I have declared that my costume for the year.

Sexy for Halloween is clearly not my thing. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2005-10-24 02:32 pm (UTC)
You could go as a Chav, complete with tracksuit and fake bling. Perhaps a fake Burberry plaid baseball cap to top it all off. Just say 'innit' (isn't it) a lot and cop an attitude (what's it to you?!). :D

I suddenly might be able to go to a halloween party and have been stumped by the very same question - what to be and would they get it. No one would know who Bad Willow is. Sigh. But that's ok. I have neither fangs nor black contacts. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2005-10-24 02:39 pm (UTC)
My creativity is also being challenged this year. The last time I went to a costume party was in 2002 and I was a farmer girl - overalls, flannel shirt, pigtails, and eyeliner freckles. This year it will be a black cat. Not creative but cute, easy, and cheap.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-10-24 02:45 pm (UTC)

Really Easy Costume

1. Buy a goatee from a costume store.
2. Attach goatee to face.
3. Answer bizarre stares with "I am the evil zoethe from the mirror universe."

Fans of either Star Trek or South Park would get it. To all others - fudge 'em. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-10-24 03:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Really Easy Costume

I like this one. A lot.
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2005-10-24 02:53 pm (UTC)
Get a big see-through trashbag and a bunch of balloons, put on the trashbag, stuff it with balloons, and go as a bag of jelly beans.

Although I'm not positive this works for adults... they may not make big enough trash bags for people over 4 feet to pull this off.

I think I'll wear a dress made out of a trash bag like I did at camp and go as World's Cheapest Prom Dress. Or something.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 03:09 pm (UTC)
I like it, but there is the whole "wanting to sit down" issue to consider.
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[User Picture]From: sarapada
2005-10-24 02:54 pm (UTC)
My mom wore the same costume every year. I don't know that I could put a name to it, but it's pretty recognizable as a just-out-of-bed housewife or something:

1) Dress in pajamas and bathrobe.
2) Put pink curlers in hair.
3) Put green clay face mask (mask as in facial, not as in disguise).
4) Grab cup of coffee.

It became so much her thing that when she found a matching troll doll, she bought it to carry around with her on Halloween. She loved it because she was always comfortable and warm on Halloween.
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[User Picture]From: ebonypearl
2005-10-24 02:54 pm (UTC)

Cheap Ideas

Well, there's going as the Baptist Church Lady - a prim hat with veil or flowers, a matching floral dress, sensible pumps, an oversized purse full of church bulletins and Bibles, and a clipboard for volunteers for assorted church activities.

There's Bathtub Mary (from the SF story of the same title) - hair in a turban, face mud, shower slippers, and covered in white balloons attached to white t-shirt and shorts - fill a few with helium and tie them on to float around.

You could go as a member of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz, with the Blessed Blueprints and the Sacred Shopping List - it's futuristic, post-apocalyptic, so jeans and a tunic would work, it's the props that make the difference.

And if it's a matter of sheets: there's always the paper airplane costume - a paper airplane hat and very stiffly starched sheet folded into a giant paper airplne with a hole cut out for the body (and suspenders to hold it on). You can wear anything under it, but a mechanic's style jumpsuit is great.
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[User Picture]From: richtermom
2005-10-24 03:01 pm (UTC)
Similar to the blood-sucking lawyer, I wore my navy suit and pumps with white makeup and went as the Devil's Advocate. I made business cards.

Being a witch is easy because everyone has lots of black clothes.

I usually get inspired by the stuff I find lying around the house. Unfortunately, I just got rid of like 30 bags of old clothes. Hrm.
Good luck.
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[User Picture]From: raylenetaskoski
2005-10-24 03:03 pm (UTC)
hey! how about a loud flowered shirt over a t-shirt that say "I'm blogging this" [borrowed from theferrett, of course], a pair of jeans, spaz your hair all out, draw on a beard and mustache with your mascara brush, a pair of glasses and carry around a large book [written by theferrett] and go as "TheFerrett, one of the more epopular LJer's"

hee! That's a great idea. Dang I wish I had a place to dress up for this year!

...raylene
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 03:12 pm (UTC)
I actually really like this.
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[User Picture]From: jenmcd
2005-10-24 03:13 pm (UTC)
Easy and cheap - identity crisis. Wear normal clothes, and then stick "Hello my name is" stickers all over... but with all different names on them.

My favorite, and one I may do next year (since my costume was picked out for me already this year) - dress all in black (a dress/skirt might be best), wear the cape and Darth Vader mask, but have two buttons vertically on your belly area - be Darth Vader's wife, Ella Vader.

You could be another professional-type person - dress in scrubs with the surgical mask and all that, and carry a roll of cling wrap for on-the-spot operations as a plastic surgeon.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-10-24 03:14 pm (UTC)
I'm getting some great suggestions here - thanks!
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