Since we began dating, Shawn and I have stumbled into a charming (disturbing?) tradition of wearing costumes that involve one of us trying to destroy the other. In the event you and a buddy or sweetheart are looking for last minute costumes for Halloween, here are a few we’ve done over the years.
Pinata and Overzealous Child
For the pinata, we actually purchased a pinata and cut the head off of it and fashioned it into kind of a hat with stables and ribbon. We then took a painters’ suit, multicolored streamers and painters tape and tapes horizontal rows of streamers around the suit, and cut fringes into the streamers by snipping horizontally. For the child, I just wore a little party dress & sombrero and carried around a plastic bat. This costume is VERY fun for the person dressed the child (and potentially hazardous for the person dressed as the pinata).
Tree and Lumberjack
To make the tree costume, I took and old skirt and cheap bustier-type thing and wrapped them in wood grain contact paper, which I wore over a brown turtleneck and leggings. I found some decorative fake birds, nests, butterflies and vines and wrapped them around my arms and torso. I then spray painted my hair green and pinned some birds& butterflies in it for good measure.
The lumberjack is easy. Shawn wore some khakis, a flannel shirt, an ear flap hat and then gave himself a fake beard and carried around a little chainsaw.
Bed Bug Infestation and Exterminator
For this, I took a night shirt and sewed the little orange spider rings you can get everywhere around Halloween time all over it. I wore it over pantyhose that I’d polka dotted with a red marker to look like bug bites. I also made earrings out of them and attached them to a stuffed bear from a thrift shop. I got a big orange bug doll and attached it to a headband for a spooky little fascinator. The best part? I got to wear pajamas and slippers all night.
Shawn got a hooded painter’s suit, a surgical mask and carried around a sprayer nozzle in a backpack.