I Love Lucy is arguable the most popular television sitcom in history. Although Lucy and Ricky Ricardo are the main characters of the show, their landlords, neighbors and friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz are just as famous and well loved. Television’s most famous neighbors played by Vivian Vance and William Frawley are beloved characters that make great Halloween costumes for a couple wishing to enjoy Halloween dressed in a couples theme.
Fred Mertz Costume:
Fred Mertz was an older gentleman with a balding head, a paunchy stomach and had a penchant for wearing his belt a little high on the stomach. A bald cap can be purchased at a Halloween costume shop can be purchased to completely cover the Male’s hair. William Frawley had a bit of paunch, so if your guy is lean, a pillow or padding can be worn underneath the shirt part of the costume. A man’s white dress shirt should be worn over a white tee shirt peeking out on the top. Plain men’s dress pants can be be worn, situating the belt a little high on the belly. Plain men’s dress shoes should also be worn. This costume is quick and easy and also quite comfortable.
Ethel Mertz Costume:
Vivian Vance was absolutely lovely and had a perfectly fine figure in real life, but was made to appear a bit dowdy so as to mark the comparison to the Lucy character on the show. Her hair was styled in a rather short, curly style that was popular with women during the 1950’s. A quick peek at the television show or pictures on the Internet can help you to use rollers or a curling iron to replicate the style. A vintage dress from the 1940″s or 1950’s that is not too fancy can be worn along with stockings and sensible heels. Look through he offerings at a Consignment or Vintage Clothing store to see if you can find anything appropriate. If you come up empty handed, an older relative may be able to dig through her closet for a dress that held on to for posterity or can advise you on how to tweak a more modern dress to resemble the time period. An apron can also be worn over the dress. Simple makeup with dark red lipstick should also be worn.
Fun Extras For Fred And Ethel Mertz Costumes:
Fred Mertz can be seen chomping on a cigar in several of the I Love Lucy episodes, so an artificial or real cigar can be used while in costume. He also was known for jingling his keys and change in his pocket, so be sure to fill one of the pants pockets with those items. Ethel Mertz was a homebody and spent the bulk of her days cooking and cleaning so any domestic household items can be carried while in costume.