Eeeeek! You've received an invitation to a Halloween party where
parents have to dress up. While you may have spent days-even
weeks-planning your child's costume, you have no idea what to wear
If the scariest thing about this time of year is finding an
affordable costume in time for Halloween, you're not alone. The
National Retail Federation 2008 Halloween Consumer Intentions and
Actions Survey found that more than 35 percent of adults planned to
dress up for the holiday, with witches, pirates and vampires
leading the top three choices for costume.
"Coming up with your own costume and creating it yourself is
more impressive," says Ashley Dodd, who along with co-author Bridie
Clark, put together The Halloween Handbook to help inspire adult
Whether you're going to a fancy Halloween party this year,
volunteering at the school harvest festival or just
trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, one of these costume
ideas could be a great fit and great fun, too.
Take some inspiration from these simple-to-create ensembles:
Making wishes come true? You do it every day! So dig into the
dress-up clothes and find the tiaras, sparkly purses and feather
boas your kids wear during pretend play. Add a little glitter to an
old pair of tennis shoes, put sparkly stickers on your clothes and
face-even hot-glue some gems to an old apron or sweatshirt. Carry a
little bag of glitter for giving out wishes to neighborhood
Dress like dad
Super simple, right? Dig up a few of dad's clothes, put your
hair under a favorite sports cap and use mascara or eye liner to
add some faux facial hair. You may look silly, but the kids will
think you're hysterical.
Gather your best witch ensemble-black pointy shoes, black
stockings, a broom and a black dress. Use an inexpensive witch's
hat, available at discount stores, drip craft glue generously over
the hat, sprinkle sand over glue and let dry. For an extra cackle,
carry a jar of peanut butter (Peanut Butter Sand Witch) or a canned
ham (Ham Sand Witch).
According to the NRF, slightly more guys than gals will put on a
costume this Halloween. If you're stumped, try one of these:
If mom can dress like dad, then dad can certainly dress like
"Mummy." A white sweatshirt lays the foundation for this fun
outfit. Have dad wrap a little toilet paper around his sweatshirt
and head for a mummy effect. You'll have kids hollering for their
"mummy" in no time>
Dig out a robe, some bright-colored shorts and your gym shoes.
If you don't have access to boxing gloves, use a large pair of
winter mittens, stuffed and hanging around your neck. Rough up your
hair, blacken an eye and a tooth and you'll arrive in Rocky
Dress in black pants, a white collared shirt and throw a dish
towel over your forearm. Carry a tray with small treats on top to
hand out to kids.
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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