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Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Fri, 3rd Oct '08 4:56 PM


My sister in law is looking for ideas for my beloved nephews who are 9 & 11....
My favorite Halloween memory is from nursing school, when 12 of us dressed up as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -- my best friend went as the poison apple, it was so much fun!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 3rd Oct '08 5:25 PM

Last year, my daughter and I both got a huge laugh when one little boy stood there dressed in a round green costume with a circular dark mark around one of his eyes. He was a Black Eyed Pea.

Personally (and I'm a Halloween baby, so I always dress up) I tend towards the more unusual and creative costumes that don't come ready-to-wear. A little humor and ingenuity go a long way in my book.


Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Fri, 3rd Oct '08 5:33 PM

Oh thats cute!
My daughter is invited to a Halloween wedding this year
She is going as Deanna Troi.

Suzannec  (Level: 258.8 - Posts: 616)
Fri, 3rd Oct '08 10:38 PM

Before we were married, hubby and I went to a party dressed as Raggedy Ann and Andy. Brad was Ann and I was Andy. Normally I can't stand it when men dress up as women and act girly-girl, but this was funny. We also won for best costume. However all night long I had to listen to the stupid "Why do you have boobs, Andy?" comments. Brad would NEVER do this for me today, 20 years later. This was an easy and fun costume to make.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Fri, 3rd Oct '08 10:49 PM

I dressed up as Tanya Harding one year - glittery skating outfit, a tool for taking out knees, and a mock sex tape. I also wore roller skates for much of the evening - it was a lot of fun to release my inner tantrum queen for a night!

Barb1111  (Level: 112.7 - Posts: 215)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 12:29 AM

When my kids were little I would dress up as Peter Pan to take them out Trick or Treating. I carried a pouch of glitter and would sprinkle the "fairy dust" on the other kids in the neighborhood.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 10:14 AM

I miss Halloween with a little girl -- my daughter was a girly girl -- pink was her favorite color and she refused to wear pants to school for the first three years. I had so much fun making her princess and butterfly and "good witch" costumes. Every year it seemed to get more glittery - it was fun!

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 10:37 AM

Can your nephews find a friend to dress up with them?

The best theme I had for three of my boys was made from inexpensive gray cotton material. I made it into pajamas for them. Then I made hoods that fit snug to their heads and I put stand-up ears on each hood. I bought them inexpensive sunglasses and found tree branches the right length for a walking stick and painted those white.

So imagine 3 boys in gray pajamas, with stand-up ears on a snug hood, sunglasses and walking sticks -- Oh yes, long tails stuffed with cotton to make them stiff -- and you have the Three Blind Mice!

I usually don't worry about it when someone wins over my entry, but I was disappointed when my boys didn't win first in the costume contest. First prize went to a child wearing a costume off the rack at the Dime Store. My boys probably don't even remember those costumes.

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 10:45 AM

Okay, picture this:

1) an outhouse made from a big box with a moon cut out where the face is

2) a cat, with a tail, ears and painted face

3) a large piece of watermelon made from cardboard with green rind and brown seeds

3) a tent, made from garbage bags

What do you have:

John Cougar Meloncamp!!!!!

Probably the best Mardi Gras costume I ever saw: two couples lined up. Tooooo cute!

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 10:53 AM

oh thats a hoot! and I love the 3 blind mice one too!
My son dressed as Bambi one year -- he was 4 -- when he brought his first deer home in hunting season, I dragged the picture out.. oh the irony... LOL

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 12:25 PM

Here's one of my favorite grandkids last Hallowe'en. The costume isn't so super duper but ain't she cute?

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 12:28 PM

No it's not Mr Hanky from South Park, it's a puppy dog.

Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 224.1 - Posts: 58)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 3:57 PM

Here's a cost-cutting suggestion:
Have the 9 year old dress up as the 11 year old, and the 11 year old dress up as the 9 year old. They could use each others clothes. Think Big, Freaky Friday, or any of those switched identity movies, name tags could facilitate the would be so avant-garde!

Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 224.1 - Posts: 58)
Sat, 4th Oct '08 4:05 PM

...and, no, in answer to your question, I do not have kids.

Mistymented1  (Level: 26.0 - Posts: 163)
Mon, 6th Oct '08 9:54 PM

Another quick and easy costume idea is a scarecrow. I dressed my 3 boys up one year as scarecrows and they came out really cute. Another year, I remember my oldest going out as a headless man. I built up the shoulder are in a big sweatshirt, made a spot for him to see through by covering a cut hole with matching netting, and made him a head to carry (in his hands or in his bag) out of an old pantyhose stocking. Kind of difficult to really explain it,but it did turn out quite well.Then there was the year my oldest was the grim reaper with a black cape and all the trappings. His younger brother ,who was dressed in a similar caped outfit, but in blue, was supposed to be a wizard, but wanting to be like his older brother, kept telling everyone that he was the 'grim - raper' ! I think he was almost 4 at the time, so trying to really explain that one to him was tough. I just had to keep really close to him when people we didn't know asked him about his costume , so I could cut off his reply! Anyways ... good luck with the costumes! I sure miss those days!
kim aka mistymented1

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Mon, 6th Oct '08 10:57 PM

I'm gonna go as a maverick, cuz I'm a maverick. You know, as a maverick I think I'll go as a maverick. God, that felt good!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 1:06 AM

They could go as the PC and Mac guys from the commercials.

Here's a link to lots of homemade stuff:

Kaufman  (Level: 267.8 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:06 AM

You can always drill a few holes in your teeth and go as yourself from one day in the future ...

Foogs  (Level: 280.1 - Posts: 848)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:34 AM

For adult Halloweeners:

I go for conceptual. One year I dressed all in black.
I was a shadow of my former self. (Add a red tie and
you're a burnt weenie).

A couple of years ago I actually wore a suit and a
nametag. The nametag said M. T. Suit. The dean
was not amused.

Flcyclist  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 691)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 9:11 AM

I have a costume Halloween party every year and get some really good ones. But the one I remember most from my youth was when I found a large box that I could fit into (my arms and head stuck out), then covered it with white paper and copied the words and artwork from my dad's pack of cigarettes. I then fashioned a paper bag to fit over my head and drew on them to look like the filter of two cigarettes sticking out of the package. The only problem was that the box ended at my knees and if I lost my balance, there was no way to stop myself from falling forward, which I did frequently walking around the neighborhood. But it was an original hoot!

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 10:06 AM

Such clever ideas!
I loved the idea about the boys dressing as each other -- except the younger one, mimics everything his older brother does!
A couple of friends of mine have tossed around the idea of going as Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf and Grandma.

Spacecat  (Level: 164.5 - Posts: 673)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 10:17 AM

Years ago at work we had a come to work in a costume on Halloween. I came in dressed as Rip Van Winkle with long beard, old trousers, shirt and the felt top hat. Even got to catch a few winks that day, after all you have to act the part.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 4:04 PM

The favorite I ever saw was a man in an army uniform with a paperbag over his head...he was the Unknown Soldier.

My favorite I ever made was when I created an outfit for my son to be Goliath the Gargoyle - I dyed a sweat suit purple, bought a rock star wig and pointy ears and made wings out of some purple fabric and clothes hangers.

My favorite I have ever created for myself was in a formal I picked up cheap, trashed out and splattered with red paint (blood). I put my hair up all fancy and then messed it up and smeared my mascara down my face and carried a (plastic) meat cleaver. Most people thougnt I was Carrie, but I made them ask "what/who are you supposed to be?" I would scream at them, "I am ALWAYS a bridesmaid!" It cracks me up just to think of it Unfortunately a lot of my students don't get it (not being familiar with the saying "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride" and when I had to explain it it lost all it's thunder!).

My brother and I went to a party together once (as adults) dressed as each other. We each wore black pants and a white polo shirt and we traded work ID badges; then spent the evening introducing ourselves as the other. It was subtle but fun.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Fri, 10th Oct '08 11:01 AM

I have three kids and they are still willing to dress as a theme. They are 5, 7, almost 10. The costumes are always homemade.

The last few years they have been Thing 1, Thing 2, and the Cat In the Hat, the Three Little Pigs, Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens, and TweedleDee, Tweedledum, and The White Rabbit (my husband and I were Alice and the Mad Hatter, so it was a family theme last year).

This year, the kids will be the three Lollipop Guild Munchkins from Wizard of Oz.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 9:34 AM

I asked my sister-in-law, about Lucas' costume --
I said, "So, what's it going to be?"
She sighed and said "Expensive"

Headylamar  (Level: 154.1 - Posts: 740)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 4:43 PM

Timely bump...

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