Halloween is that special holiday where it is alright to make a fool of yourself, and no one will be the wiser. That being said, if the grandchildren want you to come over and help pass out the Halloween treats, there is no reason to not dress for the occassion.
Costumes do not have to be purchased in order to look great. The best are probably the ones that you throw together from odds-and-ends of clothing and other things found around the house.
If necessary, the second hand and Goodwill stores are great places to browse for articles of clothing, too.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Make-up, basic white
- 2 tsp. white shortening
- 5 tsp. corn starch
- 1 tsp. plain flour
- creamy body lotion, or glycerin
- food coloring
Mix together the first three ingredients. Add the body lotion or glycerine to get the correct consistency you want in order to apply it. The food coloring can be used to make the ‘face paint’ just about any color you want.
Go as a Roman or the Statue of Liberty.
Your main costume will be a white sheet. To wear it, you will want it draped over one shoulder. A large scarf will do as a belt, and artificial flowers woven into a tiara will finish it off nicely.
Your basic ghost
Another white sheet, draped over the head this time finishes off the costume. Very easy. Any howls and other sound effects can be added as seen fit.
Bring in the Clowns
Have you always wanted to be a clown? A pair of baggy pants or ‘sweats’ are good, along with a very ‘loud’ shirt. White-face paint with red cheeks and make-up around the eyes will add some finishing touches. Find a silly hat to go along with your outfit.
Pirates, Cow pokes and Cow girls
Pirates need bright colored shirts. Cow boys and girls need plaid or flannel shirts. All of them can wear jeans. Make an eye-patch and a cardboard sword for your pirate and you are done. Your cow poke costume might need a big belt, a lasso, neckerchief and a cowboy hat to finish it off.
Zombies and mummies
Let your creative talents have full sway with these costumes. Zombies are usually seen in torn clothing with blood all over their bodies and faces. Have fun with that thought. Mummies are usually seen wrapped in gauze bandages, with green faces all nasty looking. You can go from there as to how far you want to take the ‘special’ effects.
The main thing is this, we older folks can have just as much fun as the youngsters when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. Last thoughts? Trick-or-Treat!