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IT’S NOT THAT MANY YEARS AGO that Halloween costumes were strongly limited to just a few popular themes, used year in and year out.  Like cowboys and devils for boys.  And princesses and brides for girls.  Today, that is almost amusing it is so simplistic and passé.

 

Over 2.5 billion dollars are spent on Halloween costumes, masks and makeup annually in the United States, and the longest list of costume possibilities still won’t include all that is available.  Scary figures are always big, like zombies and apparitions, but they just kick off the subject matter, including in their grasp ghosts, dark angels, demons, gremlins, and the like. 

   —Boo!  Halloween is a time for goose bumps! It is also, in case you didn’t know it, the second biggest holiday annually for retail sales, and that, by itself, is  worth a couple of Boos and Howls!

 

Halloween costumes are by no means limited to kids.  In fact, adults make up a huge portion of those wearing costumes on the big night. So, if you are one of the millions of twenty-one-plus-ers who love Halloween, this is a time to allow your fantasies to run wild, to be whoever or whatever you want to be, without consequences. 

 

While children may be limited in their pseudo-identities to more conventional dark-night fare, adults are in no way so constricted.  They can be naughty, wild, sexy, scary, anything they want!  This is the night to howl.  Ohhhh!  Oooooooo!

 

LOOKING TO KNOCK THEM DEAD THIS HALLOWEEN? HERE ARE SOME AIDS FOR THE PROJECT:

 

 

 

  • Gorgeous masquerade mask with black and gold lace trim.  Choice of colors.

 

                                             Costume Mania

 

THIS YEAR, SOME OF THE BIG STORIES for kids revolve around the Harry Potter, Disney, and Spiderman stories.  Pirates, however, are especially hot!  See Pirates of the Caribbean for inspiration.  More big themes include Spiderman, Batman, and, of course, the now classic Star Wars, with all its fascinating alien space types. 

 

On the adult costume list, Medieval and Renaissance costumes abound. They are especially appealing to those who like to dress up with unusual flair, pomp, and extravagance.  Marie Antoinette costumes are sexy, robust, historic.  Superheroes of all sorts are also popular here, along with horror and Gothic characters.   

 

IF YOU’RE INTO CRAFTS or if you are particularly creative, you’ll really enjoy Halloween making your own costume.  Doing it yourself can keep you busy for weeks with entertaining ideas and activity. A few years ago, an artist friend of mine drew a straight line down the middle of his face, and then proceeded to draw in makeup to create two totally different-looking personalities. All he needed then was a black jump suit and the costuming was done.  Wow!  It was a schizophrenic masterpiece!

 

Another time, a friend’s son (who was very into electronics) decided to make himself over into a computerized robot.  Not only did he have a squared off button-plenty chest, he had antennae as directionals, funny looking lights blinking bright colors around his head, and a wonderful beep-beep sound system.  Talk about a smart kid!

 

YOU CAN HAVE FUN MAKING YOUR OWN COSTUMES AND MASKS THIS HALLOWEEN, TOO.  LOOK AT THESE GREAT MASKS THAT CAN BE COLORED, PAINTED OR EMBELLISHED ANY WAY YOU WANT:

 

 

 

  • Unpainted cat mask – a rare design with real Venetian flair!

 

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Political figures make for wonderful costume fare.  This year, you can be sure President Obama and former Alaska Governor Palin will be front and center on the Halloween character line.

Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


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