Halloween is not just a fun holiday for kids. Adults love to dress up and pretend they are someone else for a night. Scary thing is that costumes usually take responsible adult out of the equation. For some strange reason a costume seems to mean people assume they have unspoken permission to actually “be” the character they are dressed as. Does wearing a wig and a pointy hat mean it’s ok to be the wicked witch of the west? Oddly, yes, so keep this in mind when choosing your costume for this year’s halloween festivities.
How to choose the perfect costume? Here are three things to keep in mind:
1. Go big or go home. It doesn’t have to be complicated – but if you are going to dress up, do it right. Add at least one clever element to your costume. For example – if you have a pair of scrubs at home from your last stint in the hospital, go as a doctor – but add a little touch – some blood on your clothing, a face mask, the thing that holds back your hair and even a stethescope around your neck (you can make one pretty easily with a piece of tubing from the hardware store). You get the idea- one clever element and you’re golden.
2. Look for the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Sometimes things we see every day make the most clever costumes. I once saw a pumpkin – but not your average pumpkin costume. This pumpkin’s head was the head with orange paint then the body was green with squiggly roots all over it and moving down lower was the brown dirt. Nothing earth shattering, but clever nonetheless.
3. Don’t re-invent the wheel. Look to others. If you didn’t make a list last year of creative costumes, it’s not too late – just keep your eyes open for inspiration. Can you say Lady Gaga? You probably have just about everything you need already in your closet.
So have a little fun with dressing up. Remember there is no way to do it wrong. And if you go all out with your efforts and people still don’t know what you are dressed as – create a contest. Let people guess what you are and the winner will get to take home your costume.
Still not motivated to get out and enjoy the fun. Don’t sit home in your pj’s just because you can’t come up with a costume. Get together with a friend and create together and you’re gauranteed to come come up with something not to mention have a few laughs along the way.