Dreams and Nightmares Costume Ideas
August 24, 2010 6:44 AM   Subscribe

I need costume ideas for the theme "dreams and nightmares"!

So I have a party with the theme "dreams and nightmares" next week, and despite the theme being quite broad giving me license to do a lot of stuff, I'm kind of at a loss!

Personally, I don't have any imaginative dreams or nightmares, although I'm leaning towards dressing up as something nightmare-y. Also! I think I want to do something out of pop culture. Some people suggested going as Freddy Krueger, but I don't really want to wear a mask (which eliminates basically all other slashers...). Then, I thought Jack Skellington, but again, I'd have to wear a mask. Something Burton-y would be fun, I just don't know what.

But yeah, the theme is rather broad, so suggest away! Preferably, but not necessarily, something out of TV/movies. Any hints on what to wear/where to get it, are welcome, also.

P. S. I'm male.
posted by t-rex to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
posted by fatllama at 6:47 AM on August 24, 2010 [2 favorites]

Dress yourself in a bathrobe and a mortarboard. You are an anxiety dream and you just overslept graduation.
posted by mcstayinskool at 6:48 AM on August 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

In the same vein as the graduation dream, dress in underwear or pajamas and carry around either a final exam or a speech you are about to give.
posted by TedW at 6:56 AM on August 24, 2010

Zombie Smurf. Once you've made a hat & 'nappy', it's just blue body suit (or leggings) and blue body paint, roughed up with zombie make-up.
posted by i_cola at 7:00 AM on August 24, 2010

If you're daring you could show up in your underwear. Lots of people have nightmares that they show up somewhere (school or work) naked or under dressed.

When I was little I used to have a recurring nightmare about a melodrama villain. The kind with a top hat, cape and skinny, curly handlebar mustache. I also used to have nightmares about Nazis.

Or you could go as a clown and freak lots of people out. In my dreams normal things sometimes get warped and become scary. I recently dreamed about a giant guinea pig with legs like a deer. It was seriously creepy. Maybe you could mesh two opposite things. Go for the clown make-up but wear a tuxedo or a business suit.
posted by TooFewShoes at 7:02 AM on August 24, 2010

Wear your ordinary clothes, but add a pair of wings, be the dream where you can fly.

Get some of that black wax, cover up several of your teeth, be the dream where all your teeth are falling out.
posted by padraigin at 7:04 AM on August 24, 2010

Dress as an old hag and tell people you are Sleep Paralysis.
posted by hermitosis at 7:05 AM on August 24, 2010

Also, how about dressing up as Salvador Dali?
posted by hermitosis at 7:06 AM on August 24, 2010

Dress as REM sleep... a big black sack (like a reverse ghost costume) to represent unconsciousness, with pipe cleaner (or fabric piping) hot-glued all over to represent REM-sleep EEG waves.
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:16 AM on August 24, 2010

Well, I'm sure a lot of other people will be wearing Nightmare Before Christmas stuff and Freddy Krueger.

Nightmare (Marvel Comics)
The Spirit (Denny Colt)
Harry Pottter - Voldemort, Slytherin, Lucius
(evil) Mad Hatter
Wizard of Oz character

grim reaper, zombie, vampire, evil clown
something like this

Not really dreams/nightmares... but COULD be if you easily made up a reason (they were in my dreams") why they are: Edward Scissorhands, BeetleJuice, Sweeny Todd
posted by KogeLiz at 7:21 AM on August 24, 2010

Two-face from Batman
Somehow put buttons on your eyes and go as a character from Coraline
- you could get a pair of glasses and glue the buttons on them, just a suggestion.
posted by lizbunny at 7:22 AM on August 24, 2010

I have had my share of dentist nightmares. So…a dentist?
posted by Widepath at 7:32 AM on August 24, 2010

If you're daring you could show up in your underwear.

On a similarly brave tip, dress as Beyonce in the video for Sweet Dreams/Beautiful Nightmare.
posted by ninebelow at 7:43 AM on August 24, 2010

Wear a Leonado DiCaprio mask and constantly fiddle with a small spinning top?
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:50 AM on August 24, 2010

Crumbling teeth is a very common nightmare.
posted by ColdChef at 7:53 AM on August 24, 2010

How about something/someone from Super Mario Bros. 2? Shyguy, or Birdo, or Mario with a vegetable?

If you have a friend going, the two of you could be Hall and Oates from the You Make My Dreams Come True video. (Keyboard Cat optional.)
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:53 AM on August 24, 2010

Put weird character stickers over the buttons on your phone.
Take the door off the bathroom and fill the toilet all the way up to the top...
posted by bink at 8:01 AM on August 24, 2010

Stick a few small white feathers near the corner of your mouth with eyelash adhesive.

(You dreamt you ate a giant marshmallow, and when you woke up, your pillow was gone.)
posted by peagood at 8:14 AM on August 24, 2010

I've decided today that I'm going a a never-nude.
posted by elder18 at 8:20 AM on August 24, 2010 [2 favorites]

As a, I mean. But you knew that.
posted by elder18 at 8:21 AM on August 24, 2010

Can you dress up as Falling?
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:00 PM on August 24, 2010

With the right coat, hat, and bandanna, you could go as the cowboy from Mulholland Drive.
posted by hot soup girl at 1:00 PM on August 24, 2010

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'm not brave enough to do some of them. I marked my favourites as best.
posted by t-rex at 3:22 PM on August 25, 2010

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