“Happy Days” was one of the most popular television shows in the 1970’s. A slice of American life in the 1950’s, the quintessential middle class parents were Marion and Howard Cunningham, played by Marion Ross and the late Tom Bosley. If you are and your guy are attending a Halloween party or club event this year, dress as the fictional couple of Marion and Howard Cunningham, or as Fonzie used to refer to them, “Mr. and Mrs.C.”
Howard Cunningham Costume:
Howard Cunningham was the typical middle class husband and father from the 1950’s. Your guys simply needs to wear a white dress shirt, dress pants and plain brown or black dress shoes. He can also wear a suit if he wants to go a little more formal, as Mr. Cunningham frequently came home from a long day’s work at the hardware store wearing a suit. He also was seen wearing a tan overcoat, with a dress hat indicative of the era. Mr. Cunningham was a bit on the short and paunchy side, but in a cuddly sort of way. If your guy is lean and no where near sporting a belly, he can add a bit of padding underneath his shirt. Tom Bosley’s hair was salt and pepper during his run on “Happy Days” so he may need to use a bit of temporary hair color to darken it up and then add a bit of white spray to add some graying around the temples and lightly through the hair. He wore his hair in a conservative style parted on the side.
Marion Cunningham Costume:
Marion Cunningham was the typical dedicated wife and mother of the 1950’s. She was a conservative lady who spent her life tending to the needs of her family. She was a neat and well dressed lady who favored tailored dresses, simple jewelery and hairstyles of mature women of the 1950’s. Marion Cunningham’s hair was a beautiful shade of red, wavy and regularly styled in an up do that hi lighted her eyes and exemplified her dignified and conservative style. If your hair is not anywhere near a red color, use artificial and temporary coloring to make it appear red for the evening. Use large hot rollers or a large barreled curling iron to give it a wave. Bobby pins can be used to pin up the back. Use hair gel to slick back the sides, but leave the top a bit loose and casual, neatly combed back on the side. A quick look at an episode or two of “Happy Days” can help you to achieve this retro style. Marion was featured in almost every episode cleaning, cooking and caring for her family in a 1950’s style dress, simple jewelery and heels. A quick trip to the local Thrift or Consignment store, or a road trip to the nearest Vintage Clothing style can surely get you a dress from the era that is appropriate. An apron worn over the dress is a great addition to the ensemble. Stockings and heels will complete the Halloween costume.
Fun Extras For Howard And Marion Cunningham Costumes:
Howard Cunningham was a member of the fictional “Leopard Lodge” and was seen in several episodes wearing his leopard Fez hat. If you can score one of these style hats, this will surely be a fun extra. Marion Cunningham was a wife, mother and nurturer and spent most of her time taking care of household chores. A duster or baking pan can be carried by the female part of the costumed duo as fun and appropriate prop.