“Everybody Loves Raymond” debuted in 1996 and so began America’s love affair with the dysfunctional, but loving Barone family. Thanks to reruns and the availability of the series on DVD, television lovers continue to delight in the misadventures of this endearing family. One of the main reasons for the enduring success of this family comedy is due to the popularity of the characters of Frank and Marie Barone. Ever squabbling, but always there for each other, this television couple is one that will be forever remembered as one of the most loved and hilarious fictional married couples. If you are looking for a unique duo to dress as this Halloween, consider making your party entrance as Frank and Marie Barone.
Frank Barone Costume: The late Peter Boyle’s character, Frank Barone, was a bit of a slouch. He was paunchy, dressed for comfort and gave a whit about what other people thought of his appearance. He had little hair, balding on top with a fringe of graying hair around the middle. A bald wig purchased at the local Halloween party store can start off the Frank Barone costume. He was rarely shown on the television show wearing dress clothes, favoring plain shirts or an open cardigan style sweater over a flannel shirt. He wore conservative men’s dress pants with traditional style shoes, favoring comfort and functionality over style. A l;little extra padding can be added to the belly area of the guy portraying this character if his is normally lean and fit. This costume for men simply couldn’t be easier or more comfortable.
Marie Barone Costume: Marie Barone dressed in a way that she found to be well put together and respectable. Her hair was light blond and was worn in a short but curly style that had a bit of lift and height on top. Medium sized curlers or a curling iron can be used to achieve this style. In nearly every episode of the “Everybody Loves Raymond” series, she was seen wearing a shirt underneath a short or long sleeve patterned blouse, open down the middle and dress style pants. This was her signature look and is absolutely a must for the Marie Barone costume. She also appeared to wear stockings and dress shoes or flats. Simple jewelery can be worn, including a gold chain or two and stud earrings.
Fun Extras For Frank And Marie Barone Costumes: Frank Barone was an everyman style character, who was already retired from his profession when the series began. He spent most of his time doing simple household repairs, watching television and reading the newspaper. A television remote control or a newspaper can be carried by the male half of the couple. Marie Barone was a dedicated homemaker, always cooking and baking to feed her family. She regularly greeted her son Ray’s arrival with the phrase “Are you hungry, dear?” so the female half of the duo can carry a cookie sheet of goodies or a casserole dish.