Lady Gaga isn’t the only creator of geeky costumes this year. Being geeky for Halloween is easy, especially if you wear a costume you’ve thought up and made yourself. Not only will you have pride in your creativity, but as you go trick-or-treating or to a costume party, you’ll have a fun answer to the question: “Where did you get that geeky costume?”
Your response: “Hey, eat your heart out. I made this geeky, but very clever costume all by myself.” All right, what are your best choices for enjoying Halloween in a ditsy DIY get-up? Incidentally, these suggested costumes can be worn by women and girls, and especially brave men and boys.
1. Lady Gaga: She seems to be dressed for Halloween every day, and it has made her the latest showbiz sensation. Your best DIY version of Lady Gaga will make all your friends go gaga when they see you in your version of that insane meat dress she wore at that awards show.
First, get the flashiest, trashiest dress you can find, but never intend to wear again. Rip and cut it up in places that will show lots of your famous legs. Use your artistic ability to paint pieces of paper with red and black paint to look like cut pieces of beef. Or, if you’re computer creative, find large color photos of beef slices, then scan and print them.
Cut them so they’ll look real, then paste the beef pictures all over your dress. Add glitter and fake jewelry all around. Wear crazy colored stockings, and a feathered hat over a huge blonde wig. If you can wear impossibly high-heeled shoes, they can help make the authentic Lady Gaga costume.
2. Tramp: This is the quickest DIY Halloween costume you can make. Just find a ragged, oversize coat and pants that are ready to be thrown away. Tear some ragged holes in them, add paint in spots to give a soiled look. Find throw-away shoes, cut out the toes and wear them. Complete the hobo image with chin paint or false beard, a ragged wig and beat-up cap.
3. Ghost: This is the easiest DIY Halloween costume to do. Just get an old throw-away bedsheet. Drape it and cut holes on top for eyes, nose and mouth. To make it geekier, print some scary words on the sheet, such as boo, spooky, ghost, haunted or other more clever phrases.
4. Angel: Take a throw-away sheet and cut a large hole on top for the angel’s head to poke through. Construct wings of cardboard or thick paper and attach them to your shoulders. A big blonde wig with a gold-colored halo ring attached around it can complete the costume.
5. Zombie: This easy DIY costume is similar to that of the tramp, except the torn old clothing needs lots of red paint or ketchup to simulate blood all over it. The face make-up is more detailed, with circles of black around the eyes, some livid black scars, more ketchup and a messy black wig. A simulated hatchet sticking out of the top of wig will make a nice touch.
6. Cross dressers: This is a good idea for couples who want to be the geekiest of the evening. He goes as she, and she goes as he. Just trade clothing and go out into Halloween fun.
7. Adam and Eve: Couples go naked into the Halloween night. Not really bare, but wearing skin-colored leotards. Paint or computer-print large green leaves, then paste or staple them in strategic places on your leotards. Large wigs can help portray the first couple who started it all.
8. Baby: Similar to the Adam and Eve couple, along with skin-colored leotards, wear adult-sized diapers and baby bonnets. Appropriate props are pacifiers and plastic baby milk bottles.
9. Doctor or nurse: If there are white shirts or white PJs around the house, plus white shoes, you can dress as geeky medics. For the nurse, cut a piece of white cardboard to serve as the old-fashioned cap they once wore in their hair. Toy stethoscopes can complete the costume.
10. Pirate: Similar to the tramp and zombie, this costume requires ragged, cut-off pants and shirt. A colorful bandana around the brow can add to the geeky buccaneer look. Make a pirate’s hat from a painted blue folded newspaper. Cover one eye with a patch and hang the biggest earring you can find on one ear. Make or buy a fake cutlass.
It doesn’t take very much time nor lots of money to create DIY costumes for Halloween. All you need is the determination to be the very geekiest you can be.