Sunday, October 13, 2013

So Many Costumes...Only One Night

Your Halloween costume is only limited your imagination, whether you decide to visit a costume store for a one night’s rental, a novelty store for a purchase, a fabric store for a pattern along with material, a thrift store, or raid your closet for inspiration. Your costume should be fun, comfortable, and safe. Through the years, I have gone each route and been successful.
1. Costume Stores: Shop early and be prepared to pay a deposit. Most stores run the gamut from very simple costumes to elaborate designs and the costs are reflective. You can also find a variety of accessories including wigs, make-up, jewelry, and novelties such as wands, swords, etc. $$$
2. Novelty Shops: Most novelty shops have packaged costumes available from children‘s designs to ultra-sexy. These stores carry the year’s popular costumes. According to Google Shopping Data 2013’s most popular character costumes are : “The Fox” (based on Ylvis’ viral video hit “What does the Fox say?”), “Breaking Bad” (Walter White or Heisenberg), “Duck Dynasty,” “The Minions” from “Despicable Me 2,” Batman, Daft Punk, Daenerys (from “Game of Thrones”) and flapper-inspired dresses from “The Great Gatsby.” Sadly, the top trendsetting costume pays homage to Miley Cyrus’ performance on the MTV Video Music Awards. The Miley Cyrus’ Twerking Teddy & Foam Finger costume along with the Robin Thicke pin-striped suit is the hard to find seasonal favorite this year. Thankfully, there is still a huge demand for “Walking Dead” costumes so take heart America! $$$ ~ $$
3. Fabric Store: If you are handy with a needle and thread, or better yet, a sewing machine, the world is your oyster. There are so many ideas available in patterns this year. The material designs seem almost limitless. Take a couple of hours and peruse through the catalogues then wander through the bolts of fabrics, shelves of ric-rac, sequins, and feathers. Know that on Halloween night, you will be the envy of those of us who can’t sew a straight line! $$
4. Thrift Store: If you are on a budget or simply like a huge selection of a variety of clothes, hats, shoes, and handbags then your local thrift store is ideal! You can walk in as yourself and walk out with the makings of transforming yourself into anyone imaginable. Do you fancy yourself a clown? Grab some oversized plaid pants, a colorful shirt, funky tie, giant tennis shoes, and wild hat. Hippie? Easy…faded flair jeans, retro tee shirt, glasses, vest, and a scarf to use as a headband. Inside these walls every character you can dream up is waiting, just browse, and let your mind wander. $$ ~ $
5. Homemade: I believe some of the best costume can be found in your own home. We have come up with some fun costumes in the past from things around the house. I dyed my graduation gown black to become a witch one year. I added boots, a witch hat from discount store and used green face make-up. One year we dyed some old thermal underwear green, covered cardboard with foil, bought “bald” wigs, re-used the green face make-up, attached little Styrofoam balls into straws to head antennas, and became a
Martian couple. A guest who won our costume contest covered his face and neck with gauze wrap, wore a black suit, hat, and sunglasses. He was the Invisible Man and it was awesome! If you can find the basics in your closet and pick up a few accessories at the store, it is possible to be original and outstanding without spending a fortune. $

Dressing up for Halloween is fun whether you are dressing for a party, to take the kids trick or treating or to surprise the neighborhood goblins when they ring your doorbell. Hiding behind a mask somehow lets us release some of our inhibitions and become more childlike for a few hours. So go ahead… have fun, eat some candy, laugh, dance, and let the spirit of the night shine through you! November 1st will turn come and turn you back into an adult.

*Cute & Simple Halloween Party Recipe*

Witches' Hat Cookies

1 Bag of Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies
1 Bag of Hershey Kisses
1 Tube Orange Frosting

Turn cookie fudge side up. Add squirt of frosting and place Kiss on top. Presto…Witch Hat!

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pooch Treats
From ASPCA website
Your dog will love the taste and enjoy the crunch!


2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin (not seasoned pie filling)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water as needed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl.
3. Add water as needed, but the dough should be stiff and dry.
4. Roll to 1/2 inch thick and cut with holiday cookie cutters.
5. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until hard.


  1. Cracking up at you and Skip! Is that his real beard in the top picture? LOL

    1. Yes, that's his real beard except back then he had to use spray to make it white! We had so much fun!