Queen of Halloween Costume Ideas…’Tis True

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For Halloween, I want my fellow teachers to dress like medical professionals and put a sign on our backs reading, “Staff” Infection.  I don’t know why they just look at me like I have a third eye. I think it is funny.

Every since I was in college in the 70′s, I have been the Halloween costume “Go to”  person.  Sure, people are posting ideas on the internet, but yeah, most of them have come from me….’Tis true.

In college, a friend of mine wanted to go to a Halloween party at a bar, but you had to dress to go. He wanted to look good and wasn’t into wearing a mask. You know you make the face behind the mask, right? You know you do. Anywho, I told him to wear a suit, and put a tape measure around his neck and one of those tomato pincushions on his wrist  and go as Elizabeth’s Tailor. I know, creative, right?  He got in not really wearing a costume.

Ok, how about if you want to wear a costume, but your spouse/significant other does not. Well, dress as an old man and put a big C on the other one’s chest and go as Old Man and the C.

One year at school I just wore a tiara and a B on my chest and went as The Queen B

Two years ago I wore a white sweatshirt, put on some bunny ears and tail and put one of those plastic dusters  around my neck and went as a dust bunny.  Last Halloween, I just wasn’t feeling it, so I just got a huge cardboard quarter and put in on my back and went as a  Quarterback

If you don’t have much time to make an outfit, cut out pieces of a map and hot glue it to a cap and go as a Head Trip

If you want to look pretty, wear a gown and a tiara, get a box and a rope and go as a Drag Queen

I wanted my daughter to wear a tacky gold outfit, everything gold, and spray paint a kid’s plastic shovel and go as a Gold Digger

 Get a witch hat, a lab coat and stethescope and go as a Witch Doctor  or  a couple could dress like doctors and have a sign on their backs Which Doctor

I dressed my kids as bees and put the letters on their backs 2 Bee or Not 2 Bee

Black Eyed Peas- Blacken your eyes and wear the letter P all over your shirt.

Don’t really want to dress up?  Cut out little clock faces and tape them on your hands..Too Much Time on Your Hands

Illegal Alien-My daughter dressed like this when she was younger and was pissed because only the teachers understood what she was.  Jailers outfit, green face with alien antennae.

For a guy, Make a cardboard window, with saran wrap as the window pane (or nothing at all), write Tom on the window and he can go as a Peeping Tom

This is too old for many, but I had a friend name Judy in college and I gave her the idea to wear a Christmas garland wrapped around her neck like a boa and she went as Judy Garland.  I guess your name wouldn’t have to be Judy. Just put the name Judy, on our chest and the garland.

For a guy who doesn’t want to dress up, just carry an umbrella and go as Rain Man, you know, like the movie, (I just made that one up..’Tis true…)

A group could carry plastic hatchets and knives and put B’s on their chests and go as Killer B’s

Dress like any kind of animal and wear a party hat with it and go as a Party Animal

Couple-Guy could be a Knight, girl could go as the sun-  Knight and Day

 I guess I could keep writing for a while.  Coming up with a Halloween costume is fun and a little creativity goes a long way.

If you need a costume, drop me a line. I am the Self-Proclaimed Queen of Halloween Costume Ideas after all.

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267 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kate on October 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I need an idea for a costume to wear to work tomorrow, can you tell I’m a procrastinator? I have an awesome fox fir coat (short length, mostly white with a little grey) that I’m going to wear after hours for a less-work-appropriate costume. But I’m wondering if there’s a funny way to incorporate the fir coat into a work-appropriate costume? I definitely want to go more funny than sexy…any ideas??

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  2. Posted by sgenz on October 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Found some great ideas here… thank you!

    New ideas that I didn’t see posted:
    - Mail order bride. Wear a wedding dress, and plaster priority mail, postage meter tapes, etc to it.
    - Bag of marbles. Get a GIANT clear garbage bag, make arm & leg holes, and tie top around your neck. Fill bag with balloons. (I put smaller color balloons inside larger clear balloons, so the marbles looked like cat’s eye marbles.)

    Question: I saw a couple references to an Elizabeth Tailor costume, but didn’t see the details. Can you repost what that one is?

    Thanks!

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  3. Posted by Irisgirl on October 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Here’s one of my favs. Picasso’s Blue Period. Dress all in white, dye a bunch of tampons blue and attach them to your clothes! Viola! Picasso’s Blue Period!

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  4. Posted by Genene on October 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    There are 5 women and 1 man and we need a great costume to win an elementary school costume parade. We’ve gone as deviled eggs, swine flu, computer viruses, and we are stumped for a winning group costume appropriate for elementary school. Can you help?

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    • Posted by Jumping in Mud Puddles on October 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      A “staff” infection

      Have the guy dress up like Old MacDonald and the rest of you wear the letters E I E I O on your shirts.

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  5. Posted by chelsea on October 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I am a teacher in 4th grade…my 2other teammates would like to do a group costume..any ideas?!

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    • I still like “staff infection” or you could each wear a tiara and each wear a sash saying Miss Behavior, Miss Informed, Miss Calculated, etc.
      Running off in all directions..each wear running clothes and directional signs on each of your chests..
      Ivy league—wear ivy all over your outfits.

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      • Posted by Video Madness on October 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        My husband and I have a “video” costume party to attend this year. Any song pun ideas? I read your ‘Devil in a blue dress’ and loved that idea, but I’d love any suggestions for us both!

      • Posted by Jumping in Mud Puddles on October 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        You could go as Prince’s Purple Rain…(purple Reign) Wear all purple and wear crowns, a cape and carry sceptors.

        Unchained Melody- Wear black turtlenecks with white musical notes on each of your chests…each of you wear a chain around your neck.

        Dress like sheep- Just the Way You Ewe Are

        abracadabra- Steve Miller Band…dress like a magician and his helper.

        If you really don’t want to dress up, put Billy on his chest and Jean on yours and go as Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean..

  6. That is eerie! Imagine you knowing another woman named Cristy Carrington who also claims to be the Queen of Puns. Freaky. Now I’m wondering if I’ve been the victim of identity theft. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen my Queen of Puntification tiara in quite awhile.Hmmmm.

    BTW, am going to RT this on Twitter. I have many punny friends who will LOVE this post. Awesomely funny job, by the way. I so want to hang with you at Halloween. Also, one year, I went as a cat burglar – yes, there was a stuffed cat in my burglar bag.

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  7. Hey so my friends and I are last minute trying to come up with a clever costume idea for three girls, maybe something to do with anatomy or science (we’re in an anatomy master’s program) . If you could help us out with something easy and cheap (and time efficient) we would really reaally really appreciate it!
    LOVE your ideas though, super awesome :)

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  8. Posted by Bonnie on October 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Couple outfit, wear blue jeans and a denim shirt and name tags that say Gene and Jean…A pair of blue jeans!

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  9. Posted by Eliza on October 28, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Last year a group of is went to a medical school halloween costume party we wore all green scrubs, and accessorized with gangsta style (used aluminum foil to make “grillz” for our teeth and “bling” jewelry… turned our hats sideways, etc) and called ourselves “GANG GREEN” – it was a big hit!

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  10. Posted by Barbara on October 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    my daughter is in a vocabulary parade and has the word “worthwhile”. They can be as creative as they want and I am not at all. HELP!!! How do I dress an 8 year old as worthwhile?

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  11. Posted by maggie on October 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    looking for something easy/cheap…I work at a ski mountain/waterpark…any ideas?

    Last year I did the cereal killer idea and won most creative.

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  12. You have some great idea’s! Love the play on words. Trying to come up with something for me and my less enthusiastic husband. I was thinking it might be fun to make some waves out of cardboard and wear them on a hat… “under water”.

    Any other idea’s on how to do that or other good easy couple costumes?

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  13. Posted by Polkadotchick on October 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    FANTASTIC IDEAS! My favorite costume I made was an egg costume out of felt and then wore a devil’s horns, tail, and cape = Deviled egg.

    Another year I wore the black and white prison uniform, made a bird mask, feather gloves and bird feet to be a jail bird.

    And last year I dressed up like a cat and then put the word COPY in white letters all over me = copy cat.

    Thanks for all the ideas! Go with the staff infection idea – So unique!

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  14. Posted by Katie on October 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I’m an aid in a 4 yr old preschool class at a local daycare. All the teachers and kids come to school dressed up for Halloween. I wanna do something simple and easy on my wallet but also something the kids can figure out. I’ve read your ideas and they are brilliant. :)
    Hope you can help- thank you so much
    Katie

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  15. Posted by Margie on September 24, 2011 at 3:12 am

    One year, I wrapped a large box with Christmas paper and a bow, with holes cut out for a head and arms, and my son wore that OVER his ghost costume. He was the “Ghost of Christmas Present”… get it? Last year, I made him a toast costume… under it he wore a striped shirt, a beret on his head and a moustache.. he was “French Toast”- people loved it!

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  16. Posted by natalee on September 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I wanted to dress up as mud or dirt from the swiffer commercials and i wanted my boyfriend to be a swiffer wet jet, any ideas as to how to make the costumes? your blog is great btw! :)

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  17. Posted by jls on August 19, 2011 at 3:33 am

    I have a group of 6+ 30-yr olds running a 52 mile relay race… we live in Maui:) Last year we were Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons, the winning theme was “Streakers”… all dressed in nude with body parts attached to their garments… something with a cute pun on words??? i am completely drawing a blank… you are so creative with your costume ideas i thought i would see if you could come up with anything:)

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    • Oh, this will be fun to think of. I am still trying to get my staff and school to dress like doctors in scrubs and do “Staff infection.” Let me think…running.. You can do the quote from Forrest Gump, “Run, Forrest, Run” and dress with nature stuff on yourself…like a forest….maybe one of you could have a fake owl or squirrel on your shoulder or something.
      * From the Rolling Stones song..”Walk this way.” Wok this way but I don’t know how you would dress up like chinese cooks..lol
      * “Run for the Roses”- Roses, petals all over your body….
      * lol…”Born to Run”…wear baby bonnets, diapers… I really like this one..lol
      * ” A Run for the Money”- Wear $ signs, you can buy cardboard coins to wear
      *Run like the Wind” Kites, wind chimes, etc.
      *Running a Fever”- dress in scrubs, surgical masks…
      *Run a Tight ship”-Wear boat stuff…
      “Run off in All Directions” – East, West, South, North, Eastwest, etc. directional signs.
      “Running out of Time”- clock faces, etc. or “Running out of Thyme” and dress like cooks, aprons.
      * lol…”Rat Race”- dress like mice
      (May not be politically correct, but…”Playing the RACE card” and wear playing cards..lol
      That’s all I can think of right now…Hope this helps..If you use any, can you tell me which one you’ve used or maybe send me a picture afterwards? That would be cool.

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  18. This post made me laugh so hard :D
    I went as sushi this year and I have to say, I was pretty rad :)

    - A

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  19. Posted by Cindy on October 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Hi, I have a chinese outfit and thought it would be fun to go as “chinese take-out”. Any ideas how to make this happen?
    Thanks!

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    • LOL..That’s a good one. Yes, if you are near a Walmart or any craft store, they sell those little white boxes that look like the Chinese take out. Carry one like a purse and print on it, “Take out”…cute idea :)

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  20. Posted by cynthia on October 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Hi, it’s me again. I really like the fur ball idea, but I can’t conceive it. I’m not as creative as you are! What kind of ball do you envision and how shall I “carry” it? Also, any makeup ideas? Or I have a red chinese robe….any pun ideas for that or a funny geisha idea? I have two parties to attend and want two outfits in case one gets dirty!

    You are the best for answering all of us lost ghouls emails!!!

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    • Just any kind of ball. I was thinking of the bouncy balls that kids play kickball with. You would just carry it, I guess. Which could suck. I guess you could tie it to yourself somehow. It’s just really hard thinking of something with fur..lol..you could wear a slip under the robe and open it up to see a “Freudian slip” lol

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  21. Posted by cynthia on October 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi, I have a few items I can wear and no ideas! I have a brown fur coat, a white and black fur coat, and an authentic east indian style dress. I like you pun of words ideas and would love a few that would work with what I already own! Thanks! I want something kinda sexy maybe…..or super funny!!!

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    • How about going as a fur ball? You could wear the fur coat and carry a bouncy ball. “fur ball” I can’t think of anything with the east indian style dress. The only thing I can think of is carrying a “sun” and going as “Indian summer”

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  22. nice blog….

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  23. I used to make my son’s costumes – not for Halloween because in that time, we didn’t celebrate it in my country but I did for Carnival.

    I also always enjoyed to make his costumes. However, I also was extremely happy to see costumes in stores: they brought me inspiration as well as once saved me in my last minute shopping as I didn’t have time to make a costume myself and my son wanted to participate into the costume contest at school.

    Well, needless to say he didn’t win the contest, but at least he got a lot of pleasure ;)

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    • That’s so true. It is sometimes hard to come up with stuff around the house for the last minute costuming. It’s pretty nice to be able to go to a store and buy an outfit. I saw a lot at Walmart this year, especially accessories. Thanks for writing.

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  24. Thank you for sharing this! I am struggling with a limited budget and no time to shop. Going to take these ideas and see what I have in my closet!

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  25. Neat ideas, esp the pun behind them is good. Congrats for getting freshly pressed.

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  26. Cool ideas !! I like the pun behind the lines. Congrats for getting freshly pressed.

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  27. I have a friend that has amazing abstract ideas that make me feel like shit about mine.
    One year he was a little kids nightmare,
    and he went in pink boxers and a sign on his back that said LOSER and had a penis drawn on it,
    the kinds of things kids would do.

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  28. I joined for you,
    you puntastic woman.

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  29. I love all of these costumes. Your writing style is so blunt and humerous, its enlightening.

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    • Thank you so much! I really appreciatie the comment. I worry about my writing style…lol…I need to quit worrying about where stupid commas go. Although, as a fourth grade teacher who spends most of the time on getting them to write a correct sentence, I should teach by example…hahhahahhaha

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  30. This is a great thread! It made me remember a girl in elementary school; she pinned random laundry to her other clothes, backcombed her hair, and was ‘static cling’ !!! :)

    x

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    • Thank you! I remember someone doing the static cling and thinking how creative that was. The best one when I was little was when my friend, Ramaine, was a teapot. She fell down the steps though. Candy everywhere. That was rough…lol

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  31. Posted by wenchy on October 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    I recently got a costume, a ‘Scottish Lass’ outfit that looks more wenchesque than anything else. After I bought it, I saw a group of girls buying the same costume and I’m a bit stumped at how to customize it.

    Do you have any ideas on how to make a popular costume unique? I totally get the ‘witch doctor’ idea – but, like, a wench or regular “adult” costume? The person I’m going to the Halloween party with is going as the Pope, if that’s any inspiration for ideas?

    Thanks for any guidance. And congrats again! The post was beautifully written :-)

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    • Thank you so much! I will think of some ideas this evening when I get home and post them here. :)
      Ok, hmmm, the pope and a Scottish lass? Wow..that’s a tough one. I am really going to have to think about this one. Right now I can’t think of something that would make it go together..I mean, if you want to be ornery,you could put numbers (1,2,3)on your breasts and butt and have a small sign on the pope “Count your blessings..” Or put the word “Prey” on you…lol

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  32. Posted by charmaine on October 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Hey! I need ideas for a 1970s theme party coming up next month. I’ll almost be 6 months pregnant at the time, so no slim stomach costume ideas please :-D Thanks!

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  33. Very cute, you’re very creative!!

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  34. Love all of your ideas! I esp. like the party animals.
    I am trying to think up something that my hubby, I and my 1 year old can dress up as. My hubby hates dressing up. I love it, and well, my baby, I can dress him up however I want.
    Any suggestions for something cheap, easy, and cute?
    I’d greatly appreciate it.

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  35. Posted by crzycretive on October 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    This reminded me of a few others my friends and I have gone as. My husband and I both wore grey sweats and I made a hexagon hat for him and a hexagon tutu for me out of cardboard and spray painted them silver. We were “Nut and Bolt.”

    One of my friends went as “static electricity” She taped some socks and a few used dryer sheets to some sweats and teased her hair.

    Another couple wore some walmart bags, they were “Walmart Trash.”

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  36. so me and my hubby are going to halloween Horror night and i dont want to dress up but want to do sth simple and creative, and the bunny ear and tail thing has been over done! any suggestions?

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    • Well does he want to dress up? He could be an old man and you can just put a C on your chest..Old Man and the C.. I have decided to get velcro strips and put playing cards all over a sweatshirt except for 1 card, and go as “1 card short of a full deck”..My co-workers think I’m nuts most of the time,lol..so might as go as something crazy.lol
      Someone who replied here had a great idea. You wear camouflage from the waist up, and he wears camouflage from the waist down and go as Upper G-I and Lower G-I..lol
      or just get a stuffed bunny and tie it on your head and go as “hare-brained”…wear a tiara and put a bunch of hearts all over your shirt and go as the Queen of Hearts..he could wear a crown and carry a golf club and go as the King of clubs..

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  37. Posted by Student on October 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Nice! Love your ideas! Do you think you could give me some help?

    Female university student, Asian, about 5″ tall… Haha. Looking for something super cute and inexpensive, preferably. Suggestions? :D

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    • Thanks! LOL..5″ tall, eh? Ok, let’s see? When my daughter was in college she went as a bank robber. She wore very short shorts, black hose and spikey heels, white top with black stripes, little black toboggan hat and carried a black bag tied together and put a big $ sign on it.
      She also went as a very cute Mother Nature..she bought brown material and just draped it around and tied it at the waist with a vine..and bought fake plant parts and leaves at Walmart and put them on her costume..high heels..

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    • you sound just like me! haha. I was hoping i could find a costume that would make good use of my long black hair. Great post! :D

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      • Thank you! You could tie a rabbit to your hair and go as “hare-brained”. I need to get back to you for this one after I get home from school this evening. I will try to come up with some others..

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  38. So many ideas to choose from………………..hey, can you do me a favor? Can you go on my blog? You’ll be my first. I just made it yesterday so my blog isn’t that great yet. But please?

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  39. Posted by Charlotte Poltenovage on October 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    A guy wearing a slip over his clothes: Freudian slip
    A guy wearing a lab coat: amateur gynecologist.

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  40. These ideas are hilarious! And easy! And, I love puns, so I might just have to steal one this year… Hope you don’t mind!

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  41. Ok, you are a genius! I love the word play :)

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  42. Love these ideas! :)

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  43. Posted by sophfull on October 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I like your style! I’m thinking Warrior Queen for Halloween this year…

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  44. Thank you. I appreciate it.

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  45. Thank you? lol..I wish I knew what language this was so I could google translate.

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  46. This is really cute! Good job with so many ideas!

    Two years ago a guy wore a suit and had a sign that said “I’m sorry” around his neck. I asked and he was a Formal Apology. Haahaa. Thought it would go good with these ideas. :D

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    • Thank you! I love the “Formal Apology” idea! It’s along the same line as my Elizabeth Tailor’s..lol..Sometimes you have to wear a costume to get into the party and sometimes you just don’t want to costume up..This is a great one! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Yes, you are the queen of Halloween costumer ideas. I’m always the dork who can’t think of the clever ones that don’t require lot’s of gear and shows up at parties admiring others cleverness. This year I’ll be in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii where Halloween is a big street festival. I’d love any ideas for a cute and clever costume that stands up to heat. Or something simple to go with a nickname I have of wildcard – that doesn’t require a huge card outfit?

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    • I really am..lol..Thanks for writing! Let’s see. If you are going to be at a street festival, you don’t want to lug around anything, hmmmmm, How about wearing a tiara and have a bunch of hearts all over you and go as the Queen of Hearts?
      You can put one piece of poster board on front and back and carry a regular phone and be a calling card.
      …One card short of a full deck..
      hot clue a bunch of cards on your back and have a sign that says the cards are stacked against you.
      ….have a card up your sleeve..
      lol..glue cards to your chest and say “Keep my cards close to my chest”
      Ok, something else..lol
      Tease your hair up or look wild somehow and carry a stuffed animal pig and “Go Hog Wild”
      Wear tennis shoes, athletic gear and carry a goose…”on a wild goose chase”

      Be a seamstress and have pieces of wheat all over you and “Sew wild oats”
      Hope some of these help. I’m having a great time thinking these up..lol

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  48. Posted by Sounddoctrines on October 17, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Wow, cute bees.

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  49. Posted by birdiie on October 17, 2010 at 2:36 am

    HAHA i LOVED this post. i’m totally gonna shove it in my bf’s face and prove to him that thinking of halloween costumes aren’t THAT hard!

    this year i’m recycling my goth girl costume from last year & turning it into forest nymph by splattering green poster paint on it and pasting random leaves all over the place. haha.

    looking forward to reading more of your blog! :)

    quirkychic.wordpress.com

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    • Thank you! I love the forest nymph idea. Thats’ a good one. And you know, your boyfriend could dress up in a flannel shirt, jeans, suspenders, boots, a little toboggan hat or a hard hat, carry a plastic ax, put a sign on his back or front that says Jack (or one of those little, hi, my name is labels) and he can go as a Timber Jack..lol
      Have a great Halloween!

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  51. Posted by jabookluvr on October 16, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I need a sci-fi/fantasy costume for a party. Any ideas?

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  52. You have inspired me to dress up for our church festival this year! Great ideas…..

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  53. Posted by ronchie97 on October 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    nice post. I like it!

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  54. I loved this blog !! It made me think and inspired me to want to participate in Holloween again!!!
    Thank you !!

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  55. Posted by Wrecmom on October 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing. These are cute!

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  56. I wore a slip with Freud on it – Freudian slip
    I wore cardboard around the waist with an alarm clock & condoms glued to it with a lamp shade my head & was a one night stand
    My hubby wore a white tee with fluffy chicks glued to it – chick magnet
    I wore a striped hat, striped shirt,and $ store black frames – Waldo from Where’s Waldo
    And for the other Canadians out there – my late uncle who lived in Ottawa went to a Hallowe’en party with a jam jar, a Hot Wheels car inside it, tied around his neck – Otto Jelinek

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  57. I am totally using one of these ideas for Halloween! Thanks for saving me from the tacky, horrible, polyester costumes at Target!

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  58. Hi!
    Oh wow, I loved this article :)
    Thing is, I really want to be a pirate this year (I’m a girl, so female obviously lol) but I want to put a spin on it. I already have my basic pirate costume ready to go but I was hoping that you had a few twists I can put on that. I really want a good costume cause a) I love Halloween and b) We’re having a Halloween dance and there’s a best costume award.
    By the way, congrats on being freshly pressed

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  59. I loved these ideas! A brilliant mind at work there! :-) I just can’t decide which one to use!

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  60. Your ideas of costumes are just so tempting to try on! But too bad, in our country there’s no Halloween :( So I can’t try out your costumes even though how much I want to..

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  61. I have a huge Halloween party every year and people come up with some good ones. A guy showed up with blue yarn strung all over him and he was “tangled up in blue”. Another girl wore a lamp shade on her head and cut a box to fit her body and was a table lamp. One strapped on some giant boobs and slit my neck and was “the first girl to die in every horror movie”. I loooooooooooooove Halloween! Thanks for the great ideas.

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  63. Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  64. lol, awesome idea’s!

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  65. Costumes are never as good if there’s not a pun involved :D

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  67. These ideas are great! Thanks for sharing. I still haven’t figured out what I will be dressing as this Halloween, but thanks for some fun ideas!

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  68. Love it! Love it! Love it! You ARE a creative genius. I’ve just posted on my Word Press blog a story on ghosts and graveyards. I do not know why some graveyards are haunted while other graveyards are not haunted but this seems to be the case.

    thanks!

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    because we all need to be a little more thankful.

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  70. My husband (also a teacher) wore a Darth Vader mask and and a white apron and went as Darth Waiter. Last year, I told him to wear his old graduation gown and tape eyeballs to it and simply say…”all eyes on me” he didn’t do it. Maybe this year. We love the punny costumes. Thanks for sharing. 2 bee or not 2 bee is the best!

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    • I have to tell you that I laughed at your reply here while drinking a coke..luckily my aim is right on and went on my sandwich on my plate and not on my computer..lol..That is hysterical!! I love Darth Waiter..That is one of the best ones yet..LOL ..Ask him, since he is a teacher, if he thinks my “staff” infection is a bad idea? I think I may dress like that even if the rest of them won’t..I can be an infection all by myself..lol

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      • Are you kidding me???? We thought that idea was spectacular. You go and be your own infection! Sometimes we all have to stand out a little and wear it like a badge of honor.

  71. Posted by Hausie on October 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I loooooove these ideas. They’re so creative!

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  72. Stick your face in a barrel of apples (this costume works best if your name is Bob).

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  73. Put a pumpkin on your head (this costume only works if you are called Peter).

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  74. So clever! I like the Queen B one. Great ideas for people scrambling at the last minute!

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  75. Posted by ryoko861 on October 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

    You and my husband think along the same lines……scary that I know ANOTHER being with this thinking process…………..

    But it’s refreshing to see costume ideas other than what’s in the stores. I’ve always felt that costumes should be made from things around the house, with little or no sewing required. I’ve always MADE my kids costumes when possible. Rarely did I buy the whole costume, maybe just accessories.

    You’re ideas are hysterical! And easy to do! You should submit your ideas to like Good Housekeeping or Better Homes and Gardens.

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    • Thank you for the nice comments! I’m finding that my reply ideas are better than the ones in my blog..I think I’m going to have to edit those in..lol
      I may just submit my ideas..thanks for the suggestion. I hated it when my kids didn’t want to wear homemade costumes..
      I don’t know if you saw my other blog, Homemade Halloween, but I have pictures of some of the ones I made.. Take care!

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  76. AWESOME ideas!! Here’s another one for ya– last year I was a Ceiling fan–wrote GO CEILINGS!! on a tshirt and got a visor and wrote Ceilings R #1! and got one of those sports fingers! fun times! :) Thanks for the ideas! helpful for those of us who don’t want to spend a fortune!

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  77. I looooove your ideas. Do you have any ideas for dressing up an orange cat?

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    • Well, hmmm…wow…um……cat on a hot tin roof? oh i know..the “cat’s pajama’s”..or you could put a sign on it that says 5/9 or On my seventh life, take it easy on me
      If you are hanging out with your cat, put fake blood around your mouth and wear a sign that says,
      “Cat’s got my tongue” (I just made these up..I’m on a roll..lol)
      somehow put a bag around the cat somehow (which may be cruel..lol..”Cat’s out of the bag”
      I got it! lol..You dress disheveled and wear a sign that says, “Look What the Cat Dragged in” (or drug in..stupid semantics..lol)
      Hope that helps..can’t think of anything for an orange cat though..

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  78. Hi,

    You’ve got some pretty cute ideas. This one year for a Christmas costume party I work a black robe type thing and stuck some stars on it and went as ‘The Night Before Christmas’.

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  79. Alright, here’s a challenge! I want to be something sassy that UK folks will understand, and matching to the theme of “things that go bump in the night.” What do you think? :)
    x

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    • Ok, that’s about ghosts and ghouls..how about dressing like Madonna (80 style) and bloody and go as the “Material Ghoul”

      I will have to think about this one…check back again later this evening….

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  80. Posted by The Original Kate on October 16, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Hey, Jumping in the Puddles: Could you help me? My husband is coming with me and my baby to a Halloween party, and he’s not feeling too enthusiastic this year. My baby is going as a bumblebee and I’m going to be an orange flowerpot with yellow mums sticking out of my head.

    Neither of us like the idea of my husband going as a butterfly. The only idea I’ve got is trying to make a beekeeper hat/veil for him. He wants something cheap and easy because we’re only dressing up for one night and we’ll both be handling a baby. Any ideas?

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    • Wow..that’s a tough one. Instead of a butterfly, couldn’t he go as a pot head?
      That way, your bumblebee baby can fly to the mums and then catch a buzz at dad’s….get it..buzz..lol
      He could somehow go as a bag of potting soil with a sign “I’ve got the dirt on you.”
      Oh…if he wants something easy…paint his thumbs green and that’s all he has to do..”I’ve got a green thumb.”
      I’ve got it!!!! -He could just carry a book and put a sign on him that says, “Just let nature take its course”
      (Dear God, I am truly a creative genius…lol)
      Or…this is a good one…buy 3 or 4 chunky necklace chains and have the letter B on each one..he can tell people
      he is the B-Keeper..
      He could be a worm somehow..Will E. Worm
      Hope these help. I can think of others if you want.

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  81. I gotta hand it to ya’ – queen of trivia.

    Fun read.

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  82. Posted by Jillian on October 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Amazing ideas, maybe you can help me out ? I’m in my senior year of high school and I’m the head of Student Government. I want something that says POWER but I don’t want to go overloaded! :P

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    • Oh Jillian…you have come to the right place..lol..I have another blog called Political Stage Mother that you should read..lol..My son was student body president in hs and my daughter was state president. You could do so many things…Top Dog, Ringleader, Big Wig, Wizard, Chair person (carry a chair), pulling strings, crack the whip, the big cheese,
      be in the driver’s seat..etc. etc. I think the best one for you is to be the Queen B. Wear a tiara and the letter B.

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  83. I had a friend who wore a blue jumpsuit with cotton balls taped to himself to look like clouds and a squirt gun in his hand. When people asked what he was he would say “I’m partly cloudy…with a chance of rain” and then squirt them. I still laugh when I think of that Halloween party. I also had a friend who dressed in all blue and tied a chicken around his neck with a phone cord and went as “Chicken Cordon Bleu”!

    Great ideas as Halloween approaches and I just found you as I logged into WordPress. I’m currently traveling South America with a whiteboard and was wondering if you have any travel themed ones. Keep up the good work.

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    • Partly cloudy with a chance of rain..lol..I Love that one! Wow, I just looked at your web site. How awesome to be able to travel like that! My son and daughter 25, 23, love to travel. My daughter Alex studied in Mexico (Guanajuato for 5 months) Loves that country. She just got done teaching English in Japan for a year and is now in France doing the same..Enough about my kids, though..lol..Travel themes, eh? Globe-trotter, dress like Spock and be a trekker, dress like a woman and say you “go-abroad”, or my idea of gluing atlas pieces to your hat and be a head trip…put a sign on you that says Friday, Saturday, Sunday and dress like a warrior of some kind and go as a weekend warrior…hit the road (hammer,?), Marco and Polo, etc.

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  84. I was just complaining about not having anything to dress up as for Halloween! My friends were giving me terrible ideas! Your blog has inspired me, thank you so much for this post! You’re hilarious.

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  85. Just called my friend and told him to check out your blog for ideas. Mind if I plagiarise a few??
    Satff ~ Infection was a hit. Thanks a bunch

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  86. This gave me a few chuckles and a couple good ideas. Hey thanks. I mosey by again.

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  87. Wonderfully creative ideas!! Thanks for sharing…don’t know if we’re going to a party yet, but if we do, maybe I’ll use one of your great ideas!! Congrats on being FP’d!

    evelyngarone.com

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  88. So many great ideas!
    I was “Badly Dressed” one year. I wore mismatched shoes, socks, clothes, and earrings. I think I added a feather boa as well. Another time, I was “Static Cling” and pinned socks and other clothing to a grey outfit

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  89. Love these! I, too, like to do easy, cheap, play-on-word costumes. My all-time favorite is the Blind Date… dark sunglasses, a cane (bought a dowel at the craft store & colored the end red), and a name tag that said “Hi, my name is: October 31st” – it was a huge hit!
    Thanks for more great ideas!

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    • Thank you! I think the easiest one to do is to put a sign on your back that says “Pat”, and go as a Pat on the back…I love the Blind Date idea, especially the name tag. I wrote a blog called Three Blind Drunk Mice, about dressing up like the 2 blind mice.

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  90. Those are all great ideas :) Loved the post!

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  91. Love it. Very clever!

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  92. Loved your ideas. My daughter wants to be a zombie.

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  93. More similar ideas that I have seen:

    Guy with a tree branch taped to his shirt, with condoms stapled to it… Rubber Tree.

    Woman in all black with a black cape, who’d ask, “What do YOU think I am?”… Inkblot.

    Couple in evening dress and climbing harnesses… Social Climbers.

    Girl in a flapper dress and long pearls, who’d answer when you asked what she was, “I’m a dolla cheapa than I was yestaday!”

    Girl who spent a Halloween party jumping in front of people and saying, “I’m in your way!”

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  94. I had a friend who was a door to door salesman. He told me that he was going to put some fake blood on his face and that his costume was “Death of a Salesman”.

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  95. Love the turn of a phrase costuming you’ve got on there! Happy Halloween … seems like there is fun in the lead up days as well as the actual holiday itself. Enjoy!

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  96. Love it! Very clever ideas.

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  97. Posted by Nik Nik on October 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Amazing list!!!! Your creativity astounds me….

    And congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

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  98. oops! That’s “battery.”

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  99. So, funny! Here’s one for a couple. One of you make a costume as Morton Salt container, the other as a giant batter and go as…wait for it…”Assault and Battery!” Yea!

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  100. Indeed you are the queen of great ideas and plays on words, very entertaining post! Happy Halloween!

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  101. “Great ideas………..Thanks!”

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  102. I saw one in a magazine. Dress in all pink, with a pink bandanna and a shoe duct-taped to it. The gum on the bottom of a shoe. I want to be a zombie jellyfish victim, which I’m going to have so much fun with. I like the illegal alien one, I’m going to pass that on to my old Ethnic Studies professor from college. Awesome Ideas though!

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  103. Great post! Tell your daughter I love the illegal alien thing. Any ideas for teenage girls who want to look unique (and not slutty)?

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    • Thanks! How many girls? They could be the Three Blind Mice,
      The Rice Krispies-Snap, Crackle and Pop (put the last one is really a can of pop)
      One little, 2 little, 3 little indians..
      (My brain has been taxed today by my class of fourth graders…I will try to think of others..lol)

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  104. Posted by Sunflowerdiva on October 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Haha–these are great! I’ve since given up on elaborate Halloween costumes which I made myself, but now I’ve gotten simpler and only plop a witch hat on my head. I have a friend who was once the Cookie Monster–she simply wore a blue sweatshirt that had the Cookie Monster’s face on it.

    These are some great quickie costume ideas, and your two children look so cute as bees! Maybe I’ll try one of your suggestions this year. Thanks for sharing! And congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!

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    • Thanks for writing! I appreciate the nice comments! I know what you mean about plopping a hat on. That’s how I felt last year. I just put a fake quarter on my back and away I went. I think this year I may put some wings on and a clock face on my chest and go as Time Flies…I always change my mind..lol

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  105. BRILLIANT! No, seriously, brilliant. Love the 2 Bee or Not 2 Bee.
    Now you’ve got me thinking… I live on bad puns (and print them on t-shirts) so maybe I should dress up in bedsheets and carry around a cheese grater, to go as “Grate in bed” (http://forfunnynotmoney.spreadshirt.com/p3).
    Or, here’s a tempting one from today’s political coverage: dress in khakis and a polo shirt and be overly-enthusiastic about everything – you’ll be the Enthusiasm Gap!

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    • Now, see, I keep telling my fourth graders that I am brilliant. I have some back up here..lol. No, but seriously, thank you for the compliments! I appreciate the CAPS ..lol I live on bad puns also.
      “Grate in bed”..lol too funny!

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  106. I’m seriously considering going a Elizabeth’s Tailor. Thank you for the clever, hilarious, and simply fantastic ideas.

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    • I think Elizabeth’s Tailor was my very first one..lol..This tells how old I am, but another one back in teh day was the comedian/actor Red Buttons…someone used that idea too…lol and Red Skelton (red skeleton)..lol Thanks so much for the kind words!

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  107. Clever stuff. Staff infection is awesome.

    One year my wife and I dressed as farmers, pulled our pants down about halfway in the rear, wore Billy Bob teeth, and went as a “crack dealer” and a “crack hoe.” Yeah, she carried a hoe around, too. Nobody got it; I thought it was brilliant.

    Fun post and congrats on Pressed.

    Chase McFadden

    http://SomeSpeciesEatTheirYoung.com

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  108. Thanks for the ideas… I have had some good ones in the past, but was stuck for this year. My creative juices are now flowing!

    One year, I had been sick the week leading up to Halloween, so I pinned sewing gadgets (spools of thread, tape measures, etc) to my clothes and had a sign telling people to ask how I felt. Sew-Sew, I would say.

    Another year, my partner wore camouflage pants and I wore a camo jacket, and we had signs that said “Upper GI” and “Lower GI”. (I thought this one was particularly funny!)

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  109. Very clever! I have to be honest in that I wouldn’t have the most unique ideas for costumes.

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    • Thanks! I wrote a blog about all the costumes I dressed my kids in over the years, and have pictures of them. Check it out sometime..now if I can just remember what the hell I titled it..lol..I think “Handmade Halloween..”

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  110. These are too funny!! My sister wore a blue dress and devil horns and went as Devil in a Blue dress one year. So simple, but it is still one of my favorite costumes.
    Love the illegal alien one!

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  111. I still don’t know what to be for Halloween…I’m feeling the pressure.

    Crystal
    http://www.crystalspins.com

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  112. What great ideas! Nice post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!
    http://www.thepeoplestuff.com

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  113. SO funny! I love this. I wish that I could come up with something good for this year.

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  114. Too funny!!!! I love people who have minds that work like yours. Seriously, I’m bookmarking this. I have a costume this year, but next year I may not be feeling so creative. :)

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  115. I’m always a little sad to see all the Halloween costumes in stores. When my kids were growing up, I always made their costumes, and I’m not talking about sewing. I used to race around the house, grabbing items at random and creating really fun get ups. One year, I dressed my daughter as Little Bo Peep, then turned her coat inside out to get at the wooly-like lining, put it on my younger son, and he became her sheep. They won a prize for that one. Another year, I put Milk Bone dog biscuits in my daughter’s hair and she went as Bam Bam. She won a prize for that. Thanks for reminding me of those great memories.

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    • Thank you!!! Sounds like we were on the same wave length. I almost cried when my kids said they wanted store bought outfits…sigh..lol but now my daughter is in her twenties and making up her own. It was so much more fun looking around the house for ideas..

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  116. last year I was “Miss Diagnosed”. I wore a hot pink prom dress, wore a crown and sash with the name, sceptre, and a boquet of roses. I had giant sloppy tears rolling down my face, destroying my make up and posed for many, many pictures with adoring fans as I pretended to cry my eyes out.

    It was a surprise hit!

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  117. Ok, you know those little 4 inch cereal boxes? Empty several of the boxes, Stick a plastic knife through the side of the box, pin several of these to your shirt. You are a ‘Cereal Killer’….as corny as this may be, it still cracks me up. Yes, I’m easily amused.

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  118. lol…these are great and so simple. These are perfect for an office!! Very creative and I always love creative!!

    http://www.runtobefit.wordpress.com

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    • I used to have pet wild turkeys that I always fed. I named them Eeeny Meeny Miney Moe, Larry and Curly..I think it there are 6 people who want to dress up together, this is a good one, maybe..I don’t know..just thought of it as a costume..lol

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  119. Hahaha! Uber cute kids. :)

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  120. AWESOME!

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