There are virtually endless choices for funny Halloween costumes for this year. When planning to buy or make yours, consider several factors.
For example: will it be for just roaming around the neighborhood for trick or treating? Do you also need something more elaborate for attending a fancy dress-up Halloween Ball? Do you have the skills and time to make your own inexpensive costume, or will you need to rent or buy something costly and fancy?
Another consideration, possibly the most important, is to combine your costume with current entertainment or news. In that theme, here are some ideas:
1. Jailbabes: Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The costumes are quite simple. All you need are striped prison uniforms and long, blonde wigs. Also apply heavy glamor girl make-up, and if you need props to carry, make oversized imitations of marijuana cigarettes.
2. Lady Gaga: If you and/or your children venture out on Halloween this year wearing your idea of one of her infamous costumes, you’ll probably bump into scores of other adults and kids doing the same. Therefore, try to be as creative and different as you can from all the rest of the imitators. The costume should be inexpensive, because you can find all parts of it at any yard sale, church rummage sale or second-hand clothing store.
Make-up must be applied liberally, and over it you can place part of a Halloween mask that covers one eye. You may need to find or buy outlandish wigs and exaggerated high-heel shoes. If you dress up your little girl as Lady Gaga, and send her out trick-or-treating be careful about the possible danger of trying to walk in the shoes.
3. Justin Beaver: Taking advantage of another hot name of this year, buy or make a beaver costume, complete with big flat tail. To get the Biever touch, use exaggerated eye make up, and apply a black wig and comb it down over your forehead as the singer wears his hair.
4. Al Frankenstein: This Halloween costume may not be effective nor recognizable in places other than Minnesota, Washington DC and Hollywood, but we couldn’t overlook this creative idea. Go to a thrift shop or charity store and get a man’s dark suit, white shirt and necktie. To make the costume, just rip and tear the suit to give it the monster look.
Don’t forget to also wear very large horn-rimmed glasses. Because the real Al also has a slight overbite, get some plastic upper teeth at a fun store. Next comes the Frankenstein make-up, with green face hue, bolt in the neck and lots of stitches. And don’t forget to clomp around with the Frankenstein stride.
5. Romeo and Juliet cross-dressers: If you’ll be wandering around on Halloween to a party or trick-or-treating, you can amaze friends and neighbors as the eternal Shakespearean lovers. The slight difference will be that he dresses as Juliet and she is costumed as Romeo. You could also try some lines from the famous balcony scene, if your fellow partiers can stand it.
6. Tea Partier: If there are more Democrats than Republicans at your party, dress up in an authentic colonial costume, complete with wig, plus pantaloons for the guy and Martha Washington dress for the gal. Wear a three-corner hat and hang tea bags from it.
Renting, buying or making funny Halloween costumes this year can be an enjoyable enterprise. If you could come up with more creative ideas than the traditional ghosts and witches, you can be the hit of the season.