Halloween costume!
October 10, 2006 3:03 PM   Subscribe

Any really excellent costume ideas? i have thought of UPS worker, which would open up a range of package jokes, and barnstormer.
posted by KaeporaGaebora to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mark Foley. You just need a suit, a campaign sign altered to add Foley's name (there are plenty of signs to be had this political season) and a shorter, younger male confederate in a cheaper blue suit jacket and khaki pants (yeah, that's not really the uniform, but it'll get the message across.)

For added panache, make a "laptop" out of a pizza box, and stuff a rolled up pair of sock in the "page's" pants.
posted by orthogonality at 3:07 PM on October 10, 2006

For Halloween last year, my friend Kevin covered himself with labels written with random words and called himself "Stream of Conciousness"
posted by juliarothbort at 3:23 PM on October 10, 2006

The hole in the ozone layer
The flying spaghetti monster
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 3:27 PM on October 10, 2006


All from here.

This place has a bunch of ideas too.
posted by b33j at 3:30 PM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]

I dressed as a UPS driver a few years back (was friends with one, he had the uniform). It was lame, even with the package and back-door delivery jokes. The only highlight was running into a Unabomber. Unless you have some sort of funny twist, don't waste you time with the delivery man costume.
posted by peeedro at 3:30 PM on October 10, 2006

I dressed as a UPS driver once, and while walking around Santa Cruz I had people actually ask me what the hours were for the UPS store and whether they could ship to (locations). No package jokes, but funny in its own way.
posted by Rubber Soul at 3:34 PM on October 10, 2006

I don't suppose gas prices could be costumially represented could they? Topical. You wanna go topical for maximum effect. Movies. The year's big current events. That's the level below really excellent, but much easier to pull off. Admit it, you're looking for a crowd pleaser. Aim broadly.
posted by kookoobirdz at 4:21 PM on October 10, 2006

My husband and I are planning on dressing as Red Pants Guy and Blue Pants Guy from Contra.
posted by timetoevolve at 4:27 PM on October 10, 2006

I stand by my third suggestion here. (Spoilers inside, if you haven't been paying any attention to pop culture for the last decade or so.)
posted by dersins at 4:31 PM on October 10, 2006

check out rob over at cockeyed.com for some good ideas.
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 4:58 PM on October 10, 2006

A good pig makeup kit (glue-on nose, ears, and lower mouth) with a tuxedo, white gloves, lace sleeves and cravat. Prompted a variety of fun interactions (including having the garbage trucks honk at me.)
posted by StickyCarpet at 5:10 PM on October 10, 2006

If you do do the UPS thing, make sure you're familiar with Jim Carrey's bit from the beginning of one of the Ace Ventura movies. You *must* have a really, really, beat up package that sounds completely smashed when you shake it -- and is strong enough for you to kick around all night.
posted by krisjohn at 5:52 PM on October 10, 2006

Snakes on a Plane?
Or, if you're really lazy, "snakes on a plainclothes cop."

You could be a cloudshadow of ninjas.
posted by Alt F4 at 7:16 PM on October 10, 2006

Kim Jong Il. That would be fantastic. Awful suit, giant half tint sunglasses, giant pompadour. Would depend on a tiny bit of political awareness in the crowd.

Zinedine Zidane. You can go around headbutting people. Once again, requires a tad bit of world awareness.

That Tour de France guy with syringes hanging out of your arms.

Baseball player with syringes hanging off your asscheeks.


The V for Vendetta guy

Mexican Lucha Libre wrestler
posted by kookoobirdz at 7:23 PM on October 10, 2006

I want to go as Ash from Army of Darkness. One of my coworkers just got a (knock-off) Nerf shotgun that ejects shells when you open crack it open. Tie up the hand in an old rag, add some hair gel, and you're good to go. Brush up on the taglines, too.

Hail to the king.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:44 PM on October 10, 2006

backseatpilot: I want to go as Ash from Army of Darkness.

You're going to need some face putty. You have to do the chin if you want to be Ash. (You can't be Ash if you don't do the chin.)
posted by Meep! Eek! at 7:53 PM on October 10, 2006

The costume I got the best reaction to ever was glam rocker. TIGHT pants, preferably snake print or such, muscle shirt, hair teased to the sky with TONS of hairspray, make-up.
posted by Pollomacho at 8:43 PM on October 10, 2006 [1 favorite]

I once "dressed up" as Apathy. IOW, I dressed as I normally do, but had a "Hi, my name is Apathy" nametag.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:36 PM on October 10, 2006

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