A simple classic for either a guy or girl is the nerd costume. Root through your closet for clothes about 2 sizes too small and make sure they don’t match. Wear a button-up shirt (every button buttoned) and get a pair of suspenders and very out of date shoes. Of course you must have glasses taped in the middle and complete with neck strap. To enhance the costume, you can use a pocket protector (full of pens), add fake zits to your face and use gel to mold your hair into some strange hairdo. This idea is an oldie but always a goodie.
A funny ensemble that also never goes out of style is the bag lady. Simply wear a skirt a flowing skirt with men’s longjohns underneath. Then, wear several different types of shirts layered in random order. It’s better if some of the them are dirty and/or ripped. Next, wear two different shoes, such as a men’s work boot and a women’s flat. Next, wear one glove with cut off finger holes on one hand and carry a plastic bag with a few bottles and cans in it. Lastly, use make up to dirty yourself up a bit, make your hair messy and wear a tattered hat of any kind.
A newer and underdone idea is the Orbit gum girl. Dress entirely in white, including a barrette. The only color in the outfit is a bright airy scarf of any color around the neck. A blonde wig will enhance the outfit. Lastly, speak with a British accent and use phrases such as ‘fabulous’ and ‘for a fresh clean feeling, no matter what’. Also, having Orbit gum to hand out is handy ;)
A cute and retro costume is the famous Charlie Brown ghost costume. Take a plain white sheet and cut about 20 holes in it. Make sure two of the holes are for your eyes. Then carry around a trick-or-treat bag full of rocks. This is a sweet throwback that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
If your boyfriend/husband is game to dress up with you, here are a few ideas that he will probably go for. A superb retro outfit is Popeye and Olive Oyl. Each outfit can be made with some sewing and trips to the thrift store and army supply store. You can also buy them around $20-$30 each. Just remember that this costume isn’t complete without a can of spinach :)
A great and rarely done idea is Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat. These can also be made with some skillful sewing and of course blue wigs. They are also sold many place for around $30 each. To enhance the costume, you can paint your faces white. The great thing about this costume is that it gives you an excuse to act as goofy as you want.
Outfits perfect for Halloween are Morticia and Gomez Addams. They are romantic and creepy (and all together spooky). The man needs a black pinstripe suite a red tie. To complete his ensemble, make his hair black, add a pencil mustache and a cigar. For Morticia, wear a tight black dress with flared ends at the hands and feet. Wear heavy eye makeup and dark red lipstick and long straight black hair. If you can, polish this costume with the accents and demeanor Gomez and Morticia to make the costumes all the better :)
My last and favorite costume is the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square from Victory in Japan from World War II. A great thing about this one is that it is very simple to recreate. All you need is a sailor uniform and nurse uniform, which are common. It’s easy to rent/buy the outfits or to gather up parts for the ensembles from random places. The best part is that these costumes make for great pictures, and when people ask who you are, just reenact the kiss!
Now you have just enough time before Halloween and a few suggestions to make a spectacular costume. Enjoy your outfit hunting and the parties!