Adults want to have fun, too. That means this Halloween, if you’re going to head out to a costume party, be creative, have fun and most of all, don’t drop a lot of coin for the getup.
“You have to think creatively and these are fun not serious (costumes),” says Mary Cherry.
Cherry is best known for her years with Encore Theatre, and most recently as the costumer for The Center Players, Arts of the Albemarle’s kids musical theater troupe. She and her daughter Sarah Hess have been getting creative with costuming for years and this year they put their heads together to come up with a couple of suggestions.
We decided to focus on adult costumes, but that doesn’t mean a couple of these won’t translate to the kiddos. It’s just that, with AOA’s Nightmare on Main Street Halloween party Thursday, we figured some of you could use a little help.
Be a celebrity
If being Lady Gaga in a meat dress is too much to comprehend, then you might consider pop diva Katy Perry. She’s the one with the blue hair.
Cherry says very simply get a blue wig. Then go and find a loud, colorful mini dress, or something along those lines, at the thrift store. Throw in some bobby socks, maybe some outrageous eye makeup and voila! You are Katy Perry.
For all you ladies out there, a she-devil is cheap and easy
Buy a cheap red nightgown from Walmart – short. Cherry says some places are already selling Christmas decorations, so buy some red garland.
Hot glue the garland onto bottom of the nightgown. Put the rest of the garland on tops of shoes.
Go out and buy some devil ears, and even a tail if you like. Plastic pitchforks are pretty cheap, too.
Cherry says to check the dollar stores for those items.
Be a ‘cereal killer’
Yes, we spelled it right. Cereal, not serial, killer.
“This is my favorite,” says Cherry.
Cherry says the cereal killer is cheap and easy to do.
First you will need to go out and buy a package of those mini cereal boxes at the supermarket. Then you will need a black T-shirt and black pants.
Empty the cereal boxes out. Now slash the boxes with a knife. You can stick plastic spoons into the boxes and drip fake blood on them.
There are a number of things you can do to the boxes before you duct tape them to your shirt.
“And then you’re a cereal killer,” says Cherry.
How about trying on Bubba or Daisy Duke for size?
Get a tank-top shirt, smear it with mustard and ketchup. Let it dry. Wear overalls or old jeans.
Go to the thrift store and get’s some old, cheap jeans and make “Daisy Duke” cutoff shorts. Put your hair in pigtails and paint on some freckles.
If you want to add to it, you can always go to one of the retail outlets around town and buy fake teeth or tooth blackout.
Be a baby doll
“Everybody has pajamas. Wear your pajamas,” says Cherry.
Although, footies work best. Then you add a little hat and buy a pacifier and bring a bottle.
“You could take a pillow case and make a diaper,” she says.
Cherry says the key to any of these costumes is to be creative and cheap. Head over to any of the thrift shops like King’s Daughter or Hopeline and rifle through their racks. You’ll find just the right item and you’ll be a hit at the party.