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What Halloween costume uses crutches?
October 21, 2008 1:43 PM   Subscribe

Need Halloween costume suggestions that incorporate my crutches.

I have a broken leg, in a big black boot, and need the crutches to get around an outdoor party in a back yard. Using a wheelchair is not an option. Besides Tiny Tim, what's your best suggestion for a costume that will incorporate my crutches? Thanks!
posted by ImproviseOrDie to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (26 answers total)
 
A well constructed Robot costume would be an excellent to build the crutches in.
posted by Ponderance at 1:49 PM on October 21, 2008


An angel on the top of one, a devil on the top of the other
go as The 3 Stooges - you could be Curley - the other 2 represented with appropriate masks
wrapped around balloon heads.
posted by watercarrier at 1:50 PM on October 21, 2008


A penguin. Make each crutch a wing.
posted by bondcliff at 1:54 PM on October 21, 2008 [4 favorites]


Would it be at all possible to use a cane instead of the crutches? Because of course House comes to mind.

Or you could be the American economy, since you've barely got a leg to stand on...(rim shot)

Maybe you could be Bigfoot. After the hunters from Georgia got him. That incorporates the big boot and the crutches, and you just need some fake fur.
posted by misha at 1:54 PM on October 21, 2008


Scarface
posted by fire&wings at 1:57 PM on October 21, 2008


Misty May Treanor in dance attire. She was forced to withdraw from Dancing with the Stars recently after tearing her Achilles tendon. After surgery, she was sporting crutches and a cast.
posted by carmicha at 1:59 PM on October 21, 2008


Get some light blue pajamas and a camera or pair of binoculars and go as Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window.
(He sat on his ass in a wheelchair through most of the movie but I'm sure he had crutches around. He was recovering from a broken leg, he wasn't paralyzed.)
posted by miss lynnster at 2:05 PM on October 21, 2008 [3 favorites]


Tom Brady or Joe Theisman?
posted by jenkinsEar at 2:08 PM on October 21, 2008


Scooter Libby?
posted by bonobothegreat at 2:10 PM on October 21, 2008


Vinko Bogataj!

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat
posted by zippy at 2:13 PM on October 21, 2008


Kind of like the penguin idea, if you go as a gorilla you could make the crutches into big arms where you swing on your knuckles.
posted by vytae at 2:21 PM on October 21, 2008


Jesus Christ.
posted by jeff-o-matic at 2:22 PM on October 21, 2008 [3 favorites]


Connect the two crutches with a seat, wear an Ohio t-shirt and be a swing state.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:23 PM on October 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


I like Misha's economy idea. "Concept" costumes are cheesy but can be fun. Cover yourself in dollar bills, give yourself a "black eye"...you get the idea.
posted by lunasol at 2:33 PM on October 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


You could be a Protoss Zealot from Starcraft

or

a Gundam (anime)

or

a Star Wars ground assault walker, for more info Wikipedia
posted by abdulf at 2:40 PM on October 21, 2008


Civil War Re-enactor
Stuntman
posted by 23skidoo at 3:30 PM on October 21, 2008


When I was recovering from elbow surgery, I went as an injured hockey player. Bonus: breezers and a jersey are really easy to put on over big bulky casts.
posted by Madamina at 4:25 PM on October 21, 2008


Richard III a la Antony Sher (scroll down for a pic).
posted by Evangeline at 4:53 PM on October 21, 2008


tiny tim. get all raggedy and say 'god bless us everyone' in an annoying squeaky voice
posted by genmonster at 4:59 PM on October 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


If you're really creative you could (somehow) make one of those striding creatures from The Dark Crystal. "skexis no hurt Gelfling. Want peeeeeace!"
posted by Redhush at 5:47 PM on October 21, 2008


If you like the economy concept, another take would be to dress up as Monopoly Man. I would LOL at that.

I also like the gorilla or penguin ideas but no idea how you'd do that. Maybe paper mache knuckles?
posted by amethysts at 6:00 PM on October 21, 2008


Evil Knievel
posted by bjgeiger at 6:00 PM on October 21, 2008


I also like the gorilla or penguin ideas but no idea how you'd do that. Maybe paper mache knuckles?


First you'd wrap the crutches in paper in the appropriate color, leaving the inside clear so you can still grasp the handles. Then decorate it- like, drybrush dark brown paint over light brown paper for a gorilla hair effect, or glue a few black feathers on black for the penguin. For the knuckles, you could just draw (or even print out a real photo of) gorilla knuckles and tape them to the bottom of the crutch. No need to go for realism, you want to go cartoony for this project.

Actually, enough words- it's MS Paint time!
posted by showbiz_liz at 6:58 PM on October 21, 2008


(Yeah I do a lot of cheap college theater.)
posted by showbiz_liz at 6:59 PM on October 21, 2008


Wear a football referee's uniform and and bruises, cuts and contusions (using make-up, of course) to your face.
posted by Oriole Adams at 7:29 PM on October 21, 2008


Thanks to all for such wonderfully creative ideas! The ones I marked as best are variously for: perceived ease of making/finding the costume, best incorporation of crutches while still being able to use them, instant recognizability by this party's demographic (Evel Knievel), and effort on your part (I'm looking at you, showbiz_liz!).

Oh and Misha, because the party host has a HUGE Bigfoot fetish. If I can easily figure that one out without having to leave home for supplies (can't drive yet), then Bigfoot it is. Otherwise, probably penguin since I have lots of black and white clothes.
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 6:32 AM on October 22, 2008


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