I've been browsing the Halloween displays, trying to decide on the perfect costumes for the boys this year. I know Ian would like to be Superman-Skeleton-Viking-Motorcycle Guy-Boxer, but I really really hate the idea of buying a storebought costume that won't fit just right and that 20 other little dudes will be running around in. I admit it, I am a costume snob.
Last year's Tin Man and Flying Monkey turned out pretty good, I think.
And the cowboy from the year before was not too bad, either.
I know that the Candy Corn costume did kind of resemble a pilgrim girl, and worse yet, a KKK member, but it was my first attempt at a kid costume.
So what to do this year?
I'd like the kids to match, so I'm leaning towards dressing them as matching boxers (prise fighters, not underwear!). It would be easy to make but not look too cheesey.
While I was looking for ideas online today, I came across these that I'm really trying to resist the urge to use...Although I can just imagine Ian and Chase walking around as "Pains in the Butt", and I'm sure Bryan would happily go as the "Girls Gone Wild Camera Man." If you are struggling for ideas, help yourself!
1. God's Gift to Women
Find a box large enough to fit around your body. Cut some holes for your arms and head, and then cover the box with wrapping paper. Add a large bow. Attach a tag that says "TO: Women, FROM: God".
2. Black-Eyed Pea
Take a fabric pen and draw or pin a giant "P" on a shirt. Put black makeup around one eye and you have become a "Black-Eyed P."
Write "Go Ceilings!" on the front of your shirt. Add other gear if you want (pom poms, big foam finger, etc.) And don't forget to cheer!
4. Piece of Gum Stuck to Your Shoe
Dress in all pink and attach a shoe to the top of your head.
Strap a baby doll to your behind and sit on it.
6. Quarter Pounder
Carry a quarter and a hammer. If someone asks what your costume is, put the quarter down and pound it with the hammer.
7. Nudist on Strike
Dress in normal clothes and carry a sign that says "Nudist on Strike."
8. Golf Tee
Attach a golf ball to a headband and wear it on top of your head.
Dress as a man (if you are not one already!) Tape an "E" on chest. "E"-male. (If Bryan did this, I could wear a paperclip and go as an attachment!)
Attach sponges all over your body.
11. Someone You Can Count On
Wear all black clothes. Cut out big, bright numbers and attach them to your clothes.
12. Girls Gone Wild Camerman
Wear a white t-shirt with "Girls Gone Wild Camera Crew" printed on the front and back. Carry a video camera. For added effect, pass out release forms.
13. Magic 8 Ball
Wear all black. Cut a large 8 out of white cloth, cardboard or paper and pin or tape it to your back. When people ask you what you are, tell them "reply hazy, try again," or "cannot predict now." Or tell them to shake you and ask you a question.
14. Pink Floyd
Wear pink clothes. Add a name tag that says "Floyd."
15. Peter Pan
Put a pan on your head and a "Hello My Name Is Peter" sticker on your shirt.
16. Pain in the Butt
Attach a bandage or large bandaid to your bottom.
17. Booby Trap
Hang a mousetrap on a string around your neck so it hangs in front of your chest.
18. Mastercard Ad
Wear whatever clothing you choose. Attach a sign to your back that says "Shirt: $30...Jeans: $50...Shoes: $70......Halloween costume that took minimal effort: Priceless.
19. Black Mail
Wear all black, and attach a postage stamp to your chest.
20. Head of Lettuce
Attach real or fake lettuce leaves to a stocking hat.