Tag Archive | "costume-ideas"

Tags: , , , ,

Easy Celebrity Halloween Costume Ideas


Have you found your Halloween costume yet? For inspiration, we’ve rounded up a list of celebrities that would be easy to dress up as for the over-the-top holiday, from the decked-out Kardashian clan to the chic Rachel Zoe. Check out celebrity (and couple) costume ideas in the gallery, plus tips for scoring their signature looks!

Posted in Adult Costumes, Costumes, Kids CostumesComments Off

Tags: , , , ,

The worst Halloween costume of 2011…so far


anna rexiaHorrible news: This is a totally real costume being sold online this year. It was also supposedly up for grabs in some stores until a few hours ago, when the the Village Voice, nay the world, got wind of it.

The only thing more depressing than the fact that anyone would dream up the Anna Rexia costume, a skeleton tube dress belted by measuring tape, is the fact that anyone would buy it.

There are other questionable costume and apparel that has been made and is being pushed in various store.  Recently JC Penney’s had to pull.

A few months ago, the Internet was up in arms over a white David & Goliath T-Shirt that read, in pink bubble letters, “I’m too pretty to do math.” Then there was the one with “Future Trophy Wife” written on it.

But many parents think this one is worse.

I'm too Pretty to do mathThe long-sleeve T-shirt that J.C. Penney pulled off its website today amid plenty of parental outrage read: “I’m too pretty to do my homework so my brother has to do it for me.” And, judging by the description of the shirt on the J.C. Penney website—”Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out? She’ll love this tee that’s just as cute and sassy as she is”—it seems like the company didn’t have a problem with the shirt until customers started to complain.

Thanks to major clothing retailers, parents struggle to teach  girls that beauty isn’t everything, that they don’t have to play dumb in order to be popular, that women can  be both smart and pretty.  But, even though studies show that girls are as good at math as boys, even with beautiful movie stars earning Ivy League degrees in between blockbuster hits, the stereotypes persist—thanks in large part to messages like the one on that “cute and sassy” T-shirt marketed to girls age 7 to 16.

While there is sure to be more terrible Halloween Costumes this year, this is a horrible/great start.

Posted in CostumesComments Off

Tags: , , ,

Great idea: Hold a Halloween costume swap


The folks at Green Halloween turned me on to a genius idea:

National Costume Swap Day.  If half the kids in the U.S. who celebrate Halloween swapped costumes, rather than buying new ones, the nation’s annual landfill waste would be reduced by 6,250 tons, according to Green Halloween. That’s about the weight of 2,500 mid-size cars.

They had great success with this idea last year, so Green Halloween and Swap.com have organized the second annual National Costume Swap on Saturday, Oct. 8.   Check out the  registration list too see if there is a swap in your area.

But you don’t have wait for someone to organize it for you.  Call all your friends and make a party of it.  Everyone brings their old costumes and you can go shopping among each other’s old Batman suits and witch’s hats.  Save some cash, save the planet and have a fun day playing dress-up. Everybody wins!

Posted in CostumesComments Off

Tags: , , , , ,

Halloween Costumes Ideas for Two or More


Do you have a spouse or friend whom you’d love to share a costume with this year, but just can’t quite put your finger on the right one? Maybe you’re looking for cute paired costumes for the kids? Here is a partial list of some ideas that you might consider. Use these to decide on your own:

Free Shipping on orders of $50 or more

or

Save 10% on any purchase with code CK10, through 9/30/11

Little Bo Peep & Her Sheep (This is especially cute for moms and baby)
Rich Boy and Poor Girl
Cookies and Milk
Fisherman and Fish
Babe and His Blue Ox
Santa and Mrs. Claus
Adam and Eve
Grapes and Bananas (or any other variety of fruit/veggie combos)
Ball and Chain
Toilet and Seat
Sonny and Cher
Republican and Democrat
Raggedy Ann and Andy
Card and Dice
Cat and Mouse
King and Queen
Dog and Cat
Bat and Ball
Salt and Pepper
Batman and Robin
Jack and Jill
Howie Mandel and a Suitcase Girl
Dora and Diego
Bill and Hillary Clinton
Danny and Sandy (from the movie Grease)
Cheerleader and Football Player
Twins (This one will be especially easy if you have actual twins) ;)
Frankenstein and His Bride
Baby Bottle and Rattle
Ketchup and Mustard Bottles
Nut and Bolt
Grim Reaper and Victim
Doctor and Nurse
Beast and Belle
Buzz and Woody
Captain Hook and Wendy
Peter Pan and a Lost Boy
Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone
Pebbles and BamBam
SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick
Desi and Lucy
David and Goliath
Pen and Pencil
Soccer Mom and Her Player (This can be done with various sports)
Tom and Jerry
Southern Gentleman and his Belle
Caveman and Cave Girl
Cleopatra and Pharaoh (King)
Harry Potter and Hermione
King & Queen of Hearts
Prince Charming and Princess
Shrek and Princess Fiona
Vampire and Dracula
Hansel and Gretel
Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe
Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth (from Pirates of the Caribbean)
Pilgrim Man & Woman
Pilgrim & Indian
George and Martha Washington
Priest and Nun
Pink Lady and ThunderBird Guy from Grease
Race Car Driver and Pit Crew Member
Cowboy and Cowgirl
Plug and Socket
Austin Powers & Felicity Shagwell

Deluxe Austin Powers Costume - Authentic Austin Powers Costumes
Deluxe Austin Powers Costume – Authentic Austin Powers Costumes
Price: $46.69
Adult Halloween Costumes This funny deluxe Austin Powers costume includes navy blue pants and shirt coat with white ruffles. The Austin Powers Costume is available in size Adult Standard. The Austin Powers Costume is 100% Polyester. Machine wash cold water. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low heat. Cool iron as needed.

While coming up with the idea maybe the easiest part, putting the two together may not be as simple. If you want to make your own costumes, you can find templates online or at your local craft store that will definitely make the process easier. Looking to purchase your costumes? Make sure wherever you choose to buy from has both costumes in stock before purchasing. Don’t forget you can always go through your own clothes, any dress up clothes the kids may have and previous years’ costumes and put two of them together as well.

Posted in Adult Costumes, Baby Costumes, Costumes, Kids CostumesComments Off

Tags: , , ,

Ideas for Making Your Own Halloween Costume


Thinking about how you can save money this Halloween? Why not consider a costume that you design from used odd and end clothing and accessories? Thrift or Goodwill stores offer these items at a small portion of what you would pay at a Halloween or retail store. You can also network with other moms and swap off old costumes for the one you want. With some creativity and legwork, you can make any of the following costumes.

Argh Matey! – Pirate Costumes

Pirate costumes will be huge this year. You need baggy black or brown pants cut below the knee. Pirates wore baggy white shirt that are cuffed up. A solid baggy vest, unbuttoned, would be worn over the shirt. Add a bright scarf tied around your waist. Army boots, large gold hoop earrings, sword, eye patch, hat or bandana tops this outfit off. If you live in a colder region you might want to look for a long black coat.

BOO To You Too! – Ghost Costumes

The ghost is the oldest and easiest ghoulish outfit around. You need a large white sheet that completely drapes your being. With arms down cut any excess off the bottom up to an inch from the ground. Cut out eyeholes. White eye make up keeps the ghost entirely white. You can carry a pumpkin or maybe a glow stick for that added touch.

If I Only Had a Brain! - Scarecrow

With the right straw hat and a little straw, a scarecrow can easily be done. Oversized, old and sloppy is the key. You will need old overalls or jeans that you can patch with bandana type material, a flannel shirt, work boots and work or garden gloves. Be sure to stuff straw or raffia inside your shirt and leave some hanging out wherever you can. A blackbird attached to your hat, silk daisies or a corn cob pipe would be good accessories. Paint your face base white and proceed with black paint for a triangle nose and circle eyes. Paint your lips a bright red extending the make up beyond your lips for a straight smile.

10 Hut! – The Always Popular Football Player

Another inexpensive way to look sharp while using odds and ends is the football player. You may have or can easily network to get the pads, helmet, shirt, cleats and pants for this easy costume. Black make up under the eyes is all that is needed. Oh, don’t forget to carry the football for the full effect.

As soon as this year’s festivities are done, start thinking about next year! Once Halloween is over, it’s time to hit the discount stores. Often, outfits and accessories can be picked up for half the price or less. Thinking ahead on what your needs will be the following year will save you a ton of money, especially if you’ve got more than one person in the family dressing up. Don’t forget the garage sales too. This past Spring I bought my son’s character costume at a garage sale for two dollars. Outstanding savings I must say. Clearly, with a little imagination and a bit of planning ahead, you can create a costume that the kids will love and so will your checkbook.

Posted in Costumes, Halloween ActivitiesComments (1)

Tags: , , ,

To make your Halloween costume or not? That is the question.


As the handful of days prior to Halloween approach every year, I ask myself, panicking, a fundamental question: will I Simple Zombie Costumemake my costume this year, buy it, or put together a mash-up of new items with ones I already own? In years past I’ve done mostly the first and last. Two years ago, for instance, out of necessity I left my costume’s creation solely up to two of my college roommates, as I had my American history class the night of the big Halloween party we were attending. While my professor groaned about controversies of the Vietnam War, my two blond roommates maniacally ran over an old white dress of mine (originally purchased for under $15 from Ross) with one’s Honda, splattered red and black paint on it Jackson Pollock-style, and smashed twigs and clumps of dirt into the dress’s top layer of netting. As I threw down my books and hurriedly slipped on the mess of my former summer sundress, they decorated my neck and arms with red nail polish, or blood. Voila: I was a zombie.

And a fabulous zombie I was.

Last year, I combined a borrowed short, slightly flirty pink dress with a Party City tutu and a dusty Nintendo 64controller rendered as a belt, and was dubbed Princess Peach from Mario Kart.

This year, I’m taking a similar approach. Tonight I’ll be crafting my octopus costume. My weapons of choice: white panty hose, a kids’ tutu (size large), tissue paper, and long white gloves(which I already owned from a previous costume). We’ll see how this goes.

Happy Halloween, frugees!

Posted in Adult Costumes, CostumesComments Off

Tags: , , , , , , ,

And your pets Halloween costume is…?


So what’s your pet going to be for Halloween this year? This is the question being asked around dog parks everywhere during October. And notice, to be politically correct, the question isn’t limited to dogs anymore; people now dress up their cats, rats, parrots and any other creature that shares their home.

The pet clothing business has become a multimillion-dollar industry lately with Halloween being the busiest time of the year. Even those who don’t embarrass their dogs on a daily basis by dressing them in little outfits get caught up in the frenzy of Halloween and all the ads pushing cute (and not so cute) costumes. You can find special and unique outfits at Web sites such as costumecraze.com, spoiledrottendoggies.com (go on, admit your dog is spoiled!), and bestfriendsgeneralstore.com. Even mainstream stores such as Target are getting into the market with a dog Santa suit or elf outfit.

What really made me laugh is the line of dog clothing armoires being sold. I don’t know why I was surprised to see the extensive collection (check out www.thefind.com/crafts/info-dog-armoire). I guess if you have a different outfit for your dog for every day of the week (month?), you would need a place to hang up his clothes. They are beautifully constructed pieces of furniture and would make any dog proud, that’s for sure.

{openx:173284}

Back to costumes. If your dog is not used to being dressed up and you want him to wear something, you’d better start now to acclimate your dog or you will be mighty disappointed come Oct. 31. You can’t just throw a cape on a dog who has never seen one before and expect instant cooperation – these things take time and probably a package (or two) of hot dogs (otherwise known as bribery or, in dog training lingo, behavior re-enforcers). With enough treats you might cajole your dog to sit still in costume at least long enough to snap one decent photo.

Besides being just plain embarrassing, Halloween does pose some real issues for our pets. All that candy laying around can be very tempting for some dogs – and chocolate contains a chemical that is toxic to dogs. Even if the chocolate doesn’t get them, all the sugar and caffeine will certainly make Fido one sick puppy, so be sure to keep your stash of candy out of reach of your dog.

Some dogs, even really nice ones, can get freaked out at the unusual looking creatures that are roaming the night. No one looks like they are suppose to and with the doorbell ringing and all the excitement in the air, it wouldn’t take much for a dog to get overly excited or defensive and accidentally nip. Be sure to keep your pets away from the door so that doesn’t happen, and let’s keep this holiday safe for everyone, even your “wiener” dog dressed as a hotdog. Poor thing!

Posted in CostumesComments Off

Tags: , , , , , ,

More Halloween Costume Trends


More Halloween costume trends

Associated Press

For the family that Halloweens together: A ghostly group. A voodoo trio. A pirate brigade. This year, many families are dressing together as a unit.

Chasing Fireflies, a Seattle-based company, has been selling more options for families, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and mothers and daughters.

“We have vampires as a brother and sister duo, a Greek goddess and gladiator, looks that are expanded to add in Mom and Dad,” said Lori Liddle, co-founder of the company.

Chasing Fireflies has also added plus-size costumes and expanded their sizes for growing kids.

{openx:173284}

“We’ve sold out of every (children’s size) 14 in the house,” Liddle said. “I think the market has been pushing kids to be way too old too quickly and parents are pushing them to retain their childhood. It’s nice to let them be young and celebrate the childhood part of their life.”

Newsmakers: Angry stewards & oil spillers. In an homage to Steven Slater, the I’m-Not-Gonna-Take-This-Anymore Jet Blue flight attendant, several retailers are selling their own versions of the disgruntled airline employee or the angry steward.

“It’s a blue steward shirt with a light blue tie and it comes with a Band-Aid for your forehead,” said Todd Kenig, chairman of Ricky’s NYC.

The BuyCostumes.com – fulfill all your costume needs! version includes a plastic beer stein.

IParty has a series of celebrities-gone-bad looks that include a Tiger Woods visor with a golf club stuck through it. BuyCostumes.com – fulfill all your costume needs! features imitations of Betty White, Flo the insurance lady from Progressive.com and a “Bad Planning BP Jumpsuit,” a green costume that looks like it’s stained with black oil.

“That will be the controversial costume of the year,” predicts Dan Haight, chief operating officer of BuySeasons Inc., which owns one of the biggest online costume sites, BuyCostumes.com – fulfill all your costume needs!
.

Anything can be sexy

According to the National Retail Federation, the “sexy adult costumes” are doing better than ever and boast a wider variety. There are sexy referees, sexy mischievous Mad Hatters, sexy pirates and a “Miss Krueger,” which is a sexy version of the Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddie Krueger.

BuyCostumes.com – fulfill all your costume needs! has the unquestionably most bizarre look in their Sexy Cookie Monster and Sexy Big Bird costumes for women.

“It’s a different cookie monster: it’s flirty and sassy and a lot more fun,” Haight said.

Animal costumes

Dog as Pumpkin: Fluffy and Fido can get into the Halloween spirit. Just about any costume you could dream up for a human is available for your pet.

The NRF tracked the top pet costumes. They include pumpkin, devil and witch. Even costumes for pets are getting racier, with retailers offering “sexy schoolgirl,” “playboy bunny” and “Darth Vader” for dogs.

Do-it-yourself

In a downturn economy, many consumers would rather get creative and piece together their own costumes. That’s also a way of making your costume more unique.

All of the retailers we spoke to said their accessories business is hotter than ever, with wigs, wands and Michael Jackson gloves flying off the shelves.

“The consumer is embellishing last year’s costumes or they’re finding something in their closet and making that work,” said Mary Ginnaty of Savers, a secondhand chain of stores across the United States. “They might buy a Snookie wig, but wear an animal print dress they already have in their closet.”

And since Halloween is on a Sunday this year, many will be going to multiple parties over the weekend, so they’ll need more than one look.

“Friday they might be Iron Man,” Ginnaty said, “and Saturday they might put a chef hat on top of a regular outfit to mix it up.”

Posted in Adult Costumes, Baby Costumes, Costumes, Kids CostumesComments (1)

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Top 5: Halloween costume pieces that could double as fashion


With dozens of temporary Halloween costume stores popping up all over town comes yet another breed of store to scour interesting wardrobe additions for.

Sure, plastic gladiator sandals and glow-in-the-dark stick-on fingernails would never cut it in the real world. But the wacky retail spots can yield some surprisingly fashion-forward items. Below, a few costume pieces that could spice up an ensemble well after All Hallow’s Eve.

Bag

Bloody Trick or Treat Bag, $7.99. If you didn’t see the word “bloody” in the name of this snappy duffel, it might bring to mind the iconic hand-painted bags of Stephen Sprouse.

Batman Adult Accessory Belt

Batman Belt, $12.99. Welcome to my new favorite statement piece. Yes, it’s meant to cinch a Batman unitard, but imagine this gold belt nipping in a slouchy, oversized sweater instead. Call it “Blade Runner”-chic.

School Boy Glasses

Nerdy Glasses, $3.95. What passes for classically nerdy in Halloween costumes can be quite stylish in the real world. And while you wouldn’t want to fill these flimsy specs with a real prescription, they’re a great accessory for girls who don’t wear glasses — but sometimes want to.

Shoes
Mens Disco Shoes, $29.99. Can’t you imagine retro-loving singer Janelle Monae wearing these? I’m not sure how “disco” plays into this Jazz Age loafer, but we love its George Esquivel-lite looks.

Headband
Hippie Headband, $3.99. If I were affecting a hippie look for Halloween, this isn’t the headband I’d choose. With its ’80s-style plastic beads and braiding, it reads more Pat Benatar than Janis Joplin. But it’s a cute accessory for modern day — and can double as a belt.

Posted in CostumesComments Off

Tags: , , , , , ,

Finding the Perfect Halloween Party Costume for Adults


Has it been a few years since you’ve been all decked out for Halloween and that Halloween Party? You could go for the obvious sports comedy and go ”clubbin” with Tiger Woods, or perhaps Brett Favre as the naughty Viking.

Angela Lemke with Halloween Express says don’t stress out any longer because they have everything. ”We have everything in here you could possibly want for Halloween. We’ve got make-up, masks, teeth; everything you want for Halloween costume ideas, we have it here,” says Lemke.

{openx:173284}

Once you reach a certain age, the old Beer Keg suit just won’t cut it anymore. At the grown-up Halloween parties, you’re more likely two see political headgear, perhaps even masking their true political affiliations. Lemke says the Obama Halloween masks aren’t selling too well this year. “People still like Bill Clinton and Hillary, Nixon. They are the big sellers,” says Lemke.

I know I’m really bad to be saying this but it appears that all the candy has taken a toll on the chompers of Halloween characters this year. I remember Bubba Teeth but it looks like everybody went to the same dentist as Bubba. Brush please!!

Lemke says oral hygiene doesn’t appear to be important for a certain group of Halloween characters. ”I guess if you’re a murderer or a convict you don’t care about your teeth,” says Lemke.

I would be thinking about a trip to Walgreens for some Crest Whitening Strips. Good luck in your costume search this year and finding something to really sink your teeth into.

Posted in Adult CostumesComments Off

Advertise Here