Halloween! It’s our absolute favorite holiday. Carving pumpkins with triangle noses and jagged grins, watching cheesy scary movies past midnight, gorging on candy corn and chocolates, and, of course, fun costumes! What’s not to love?
With the holiday and our 11th Annual Halloween Costume Party at CISB quickly approaching, does your family have their costumes planned? Hopefully some of these tips and ideas will inspire the mirth and ghoulishness associated with this scary fun time of year.
On the Cheap and Easy
“Wait, Halloween is in two days?!?” Don’t panic! For those short on time, simple costume ideas abound, and they aren’t limited to toilet paper mummies or bed sheet ghosts. Makeup heavy looks don’t require a lot of pre-planning. A classic but a goodie is a skeleton; paint a skeletal system on some black thermals and check out online tutorials for the skull makeup. If you’re too busy altogether, either go the lazy “Taobao a Pixar character” route, or if you’re feeling creative, get a few packs of purple balloons and viola; a bunch of grapes. Top it with green construction paper, cut out a stem headpiece, and it’s an adorable toddler costume. (Unless they’re scared of popping balloons.)
There are obvious choices like Wonder Woman, but how about some other easily readable costumes like Mulan, Joan of Arc, Cleopatra or even Jane Godall with a cute monkey stuffed animal? A Frida Kahlo look needs not much more than a floral headdress, a colorful, embroidered dress and a painted on unibrow. Or take a tip from “Mean Girls” and actually dress in an honest to goodness scary costume. It frankly feels more than a little empowering to accidentally terrify your neighbors.
The looks of different eras can make fun, instantly readable customs. Go way back when with Qing dynasty palace guards or Peking Man wearing faux fur animal skins. For a less ancient look, try a 20th century decade. Neon bracelets, an asymmetrical top, distressed acid washed denim, leg warmers and big hair is, like, totally eighties. Get creative with your makeup, and find a tutorial online for a black and white photograph look. Paired with a black suit, it can be very striking. You can even make your toddler look like a crotchety old man with some brown eyeliner from Miniso. Dress your kid as a “get off my lawn” suburban American grandpa with a baseball cap, knee high socks and nondescript white sneakers. Old babies are adorable, but the reverse; dad wearing an adult onesie, pacifier and Depends, could be more than a tad creepy.
The Family that Halloween’s Together
Group costumes are a great idea for families with a baby or toddler. Think of easy, cute pairings. A chicken and it’s eggs, bees and a honeycomb, a carton of milk and little cookies, Pac Man and those colorful, edible ghosts. Or go scary by giving your whole family rotting zombie makeup. Or team up with other parents and give the kids a full “Children of The Corn / Village of the Damned” Fantasy. Parents can act as their hapless victims, sprinting away from pitchforks and platinum blond wigs.