I have always loved Halloween and I think it stems from my childhood wonderment of being granted a night to look as ridiculous as possible, stay out late, and knock on random people’s doors and demand candy. Jerry Seinfeld puts it best:
“So the first time you hear the concept of Halloween when you’re a kid, your brain can’t even understand it. “What is this? What did you say? Someone’s giving out candy? Who’s giving out candy? EVERYONE WE KNOW is giving out candy? I gotta be a part of this!”
As an adult, my Halloween focus has shifted mostly to the looking ridiculous and staying out late components, but this is only because I can finally buy candy whenever I want, and do so far too frequently. Often as Halloween approaches I so badly want to create THE PERFECT COSTUME that I become indecisive and find myself throwing last-minute costumes together. I thought I’d share a few I’ve had success with (they work for couples, but can also work individually). I compiled most of these costumes with thrift-store finds and by having a few wigs on hand – I seem to impulse buy wigs the day after Halloween because they are on for such a discount.
Morticia & Gomez:
- black wig (if you have naturally dark hair you can skip this altogether, saving even more time/money)
- long black dress or long skirt and black top (I wore a small, black sarong around my shoulders to add more goth)
- dark suit
- bow-tie if you have one, a tie if you don’t
- black eyeliner to add on a creepy moustache
Gertie, Elliot, & E.T. (It only dawned on me when we got to the Halloween party that it was a bit of a strange couples’ costume because Gertie and Elliot are siblings. I blame my pregnant baby brain for that oversight).
- striped shirt
- potted plant, preferably orange
- red hoodie
- milk crate or cardboard box with some kind of handle attached
- someone who can draw a picture of E.T. (my husband is quite the artist!)
- white sheet or towel
Flapper & Zoot Suit
- Fun, short wig (if you already have a bob, you are in luck)
- boa or poofy scarf
- string of pearls
- short dress
- some kind of headband with a feather attached (you could pull out a few of the feathers from your boa – whatever works!)
- that dark suit again
- brimmed hat
And, finally, the most last minute of all:
- Call your friends!
16 year old self:
- Dress up as yourself at 16. Chances are you still have some of your old clothes lying around!