September 25, 2007

Creative Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults

Only a few days left before someone tries to guilt trip you into putting on a stupid costume for a night of Halloween festivities. I can hear you groaning already. But fear not, here's the insider's guide to a fantastic, funny, original, unique, DIY Halloween costume that is easy, inexpensive and memorable (yes, I realize I just used 10 adjectives, but it's true). It may even have you looking forward to the holiday for once!

Here are a few simple ideas to get you the "best dressed" award on October 31st:

Brain Donor: Get a simple hospital gown or bathrobe. Draw black circles under your eyes and wrap your head in gauze with some fake blood dripping down. Get a clear jar, put small amount of water in the jar with some cauliflower. On the front of the jar put a big label that says "Brain Donor." Or just carry the cauliflower and have a "Brain Donor" tag on your gown.

Nudist on Strike: Probably the easiest costume to put together on short notice. Wear whatever you want and create a picket sign that says, "Nudist on Strike." Trust me, they'll laugh.

Little Dead Riding Hood: Have the red cape/sheet and basket but then add fake scars, gashes and blood to make it look like the Big Bad Wolf got you.

iPod commercial: Dress in all black, and use black make-up to darken your skin. Strap a piece of fluorescent poster board to your back. Wear an iPod and dance your buns off. (See example)

Attack Dog Trainer: Take a stuffed dog and sew it to the arm of a long-sleeved shirt so it looks like it is biting you. Wear a name tag ("Jim's Attack Dog School). Add blood and scratches all over your body.

Chick Magnet: Attach Barbie dolls or other inexpensive dolls all over yourself. (See example)

Kissing Booth: Construct a booth using two boxes, with the opening of the top box facing forward. Add straps so the boxes sit on your shoulders. Spray paint the boxes white and then use red paint to write "Kisses $1" and "Kissing Booth" on them. Remember pockets to hold your income! (See example)

Miss Conception: Great for those who find themselves pregnant on Halloween. Get an old prom dress and fix up your hair and make-up like you're a beauty contestant. Use your pregnant belly or place a pillow under the dress to make yourself look pregnant. Add a sash across your chest that says "Miss Conception." Smile and wave! (See example) Why not get creative with this idea? I'm thinking Miss Demeanor, Miss Chievous, Miss Fortunate, Miss Erable, you get the idea)

God's Gift to Women: Find a box large enough to fit around your body. Cut some holes for your arms and head, and then cover the box with wrapping paper. Add a large bow. Attach a tag that says "TO: Women, FROM: God." You could also just wrap yourself in a white sheet with a big bow around your middle and the gift tag hanging from your neck. (See example) (See lazy variation)

Devil's Advocate: Wear buttons and carry signs that say "Devil is #1" and "Vote for Satan," etc.

Refrigerator Magnet: Paint a shoe box black and attach it to your back.


So what's your excuse? With costumes this simple and creative you have no excuse not to look fabulous on Halloween.

Need a laugh? Read 'em and weep!

84 comments:

Summer said...

Those are awesome!!

Adum said...

oh my gosh. i would love to go to the ward party as the devil's advocate. something tells me a lot of people wouldn't think it was as funny as i do.

Melissa said...

I'm liking the nudist on strike idea... may just have to do that :)

Special K ~Toni said...

Those are hilarious!

I have one- Black in one eye, take a white shirt and put the letter "P" on it with a marker or electrical tape. Now you are a black eyed pea!

Lindsay said...

Okay, it's been confirmed: you ARE a genius! These are hilarious!

Sarah said...

Don't rush to conclusions, Lindsay, I found most of these from searching the web for good ideas. I was the Brain Donor a few years ago and it was really fun! I've always wanted to try the Nudist on Strike though - but I don't think it would go over too well at my church party when I'd have to explain the costume to the 8 year olds.

s'mee said...

Adum needs to just wear a regular suit and sew all sorts of different mens unders all over it and go as "Legal Briefs".

Sue said...

I'm just impressed that your ward still has a Halloween party. We don't. Party poopers. I am totally going to be the Devil's Advocate. Awesome.

Michemily said...

Did you come up with all of those? They're awesome! I wonder if they celebrate Halloween in Germany . . . ?

amelia bedelia said...

My husband has always wanted us to go as the 'big butt family', where we all stuff our butts outrageously big, and then wear t-shirts that say 'got food storage?' on the front. I think it's hilarious, but way too offensive for a church party...

Susan M said...

I won for best adult costume last year at our ward Halloween party. My husband went as a priest...I went as a pregnant nun.

Sarah said...

You're gutsy to go to a church party like that, Susan! A few other variations on that idea are "Mommy and the Milkman" with a knocked up mom or the devil and a pregnant angel who's holding a sign saying, "The Devil Made me Do It." Classy, I know.

Susan M said...

I was a little nervous about it, but the Bishop was the judge, so I guess it was ok!

We realized later we should've gotten some of our very-pregnant friends to also dress up as nuns, then Daniel could've had a harem.

Marie said...

My favorite Halloween costumes are the pun costumes -- these ones are great! I've done the Devil's Advocate one -- easiest costume ever. Last year I was Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Rain (so fun squirting people with my water pistol).

I love the Brain Donor one -- I think I may have to steal that...or Nudist on Strike...oh dear. I wish Halloween came more than once a year.

The Halloween costume I've gotten the most laughs from was when I went as a Relief Society centerpiece -- all you need is a wide-brimmed straw hat, a glue gun, and a craft drawer to raid. (Added benefit: hat makes a great white elephant gift come Christmas.) Optional: get an old lace tablecloth from a thrift store, cut a hole in the middle, and wear it around your neck.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

heheheheeheheh on "Miss Conception"

I like Adam's dancing avatar.

Adum said...

one year my sister and two of her friends dressed in green and brown, taped leaves all over themselves, and went to a halloween party as "the sacred grove"

Shiloh said...

Sacrelidge, Adum, sacrelidge!!
Can't wait for Halloween now! thanks Sarah! Here's one more idea to add to the pot:
Wear a ladies full slip over your clothes and write "Freud" all over it.

Jessica G. said...

Love your ideas! Now I can't decide what I'm going to be...the pun ones are my favorites.

Last year my daughter was an angel, my son was a devil (and yes, both costumes were indicative of their natures!). Since my hubby re.fus.es to dress up, for just one picture, I made him put one child on each shoulder.

khris said...

These ideas are fabulous! Thank you for sharing these fun, clever, and easy-to-implement costume ideas. You completely rock!

Mo Mommy said...

For those who are anti costume....
Stick a straw in your pocket and be "the Last Straw"
Paper plates taped to your shirt make you "Plato"
Last year I was Mac and Cheese, two years before I was a jar of Prego sauce, big old pregnant belly and all. I'm seeing a food theme emerging...
Thanks for these great ideas!!

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Shinygrape said...

Ahahahahaha, chick-magnet! Brilliant! I think I am actually going to go as the Banana from Don Hertzfeldt's "Rejected" and if I can't find someone to go as "My Spoon is Too Big," I'lk just be the banana from "Peanut Butter Jelly Time!" I LOVE HALLOWEEN! Actually, Wiccan Chicken also put up a blog about funny adult costumes if any of you guys are interestet: http://www.wiccanchicken.com/wiccanchicken/2007/10/halloween-costume-ideas.html

Anonymous said...

ya'll are weird. these costumes suck the big one.

bk123 said...

Uh yeah, Anonymous - why don't you use your real name when posting rude comments like that??

Anyway, I love the ideas! My husband hates to dress up on Halloween, but we have a costume party to go to on Saturday night. I told him about the Nudist Protest idea and he thinks he can deal with that.

I am going as a Cereal Killer - take an old oversized shirt and glue a bunch of those empty small cereal boxes all over it. Cut a small slit in the front of each box and glue a plastic knife in each one, then dab some red paint around the holes and knives.

Miwaku said...

The funniest costume I saw was a man & wife. She put on a long red box with three holes down the center, while he wore workclothes & carried a trowel: brick & bricklayer.
The best one was a guy dressed as a ventriloquist & his dummy sitting in a chair. The guy's legs were the back legs of the chair and his upper body was the dummy's body. The rest was paper mache, including a HUGE ventriloquist sticking up behind him about five feet.

Anonymous said...

whoo! its 31st oct and ive just been invited to a halloween party, except...no costume, no entry! after a quick look around i found this site and i will now attend the party as a brain donor... thanks so much for the great idea :)

Cathy said...

another simple quickie is a sign hanging around the neck that says PARTY POOPER

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Anonymous said...

I have here some party dresses, but not for Halloween. But still they are fabulous!

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Luna said...

These are great!!!
I LOVE the nudist on strike :) Some more great ones are Wilson, from the Home Improvment show (wear a fishing-esque hat, and attach a small, makeshift fence to your shirt to cover your chin&nose :D I'm going as a 'Work in progress'- i'm weaing a huge sheet draped over me with some paint splatters on it, then walk around with markers/paints and continue painting myself or let others paint!! :)

Sterling said...

One year I was a "one night stand." I cut some holes in some cheap plastic drawers and fit it over my body then glued a lamp, alarm clock, empty beer can, strip of condoms to the top of the drawers. Was a big hit.

TruJrzyGirl said...

Haaa !!! I love these, I was stumped on an idea till I came across this site. Thanks so much- you rock !

Anonymous said...

OMG i'm so going to be an ipod commercial! thank you so much!

Diane said...

Hell all, some of these are pretty good. I may go as the brain donor this year but I've had a few good ones in the past that I'd love to share. When I was in my teens, my girlfriend and I we're invited to our boss's party and couldn't go unless we we're dressed up. So, we had one day to decide. She came over to my house and I just grabbed anything I could find. Two pairs of my dad's work boots, straw hats, flannel shirts, jean suspenders with pants and painted our faces with black pokadots. They I said, ok ... lets sew our clothing from the shoulders down to our ankles and go as simese twins. You guys have no idea how funny that night was. We both got sick from laughing so hard. Just imagine what you have to go through being stuck together. In my twenties, I went as a triplet with a guy in the middle. Talk about hilarious. A few years later when the Tylenol scare hit the news, I went as a box of Tylenol. That was funny as heck. It's amazing what your imagination can come up with. Good luck to all.

Diane said...

All, my apologies, but I meant to say Hey All, not He__ :)

Murphy said...

my friend one year wore her
dress from formal and found some
gold skin paint to cover all skin
showing. she carried a trophy all night and was a "trophy wife"

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ideas

Hollywood said...

Murphy, the Trophy Wife idea is fantastic! I'm going as that this year. Thank you for sharing - I've been stressing over what to be for months now :)

Anonymous said...

I was little dead riding hood a few years back... My boyfriend dressed up like the wolf... it was great!

Anonymous said...

A few years ago I went as a wad of gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe. I donned myself in a giant pink blanket and tied a shoe to my head with some pink ribbon. People got quite a kick out of it, and I got quite a kick out of having to explain what I was in the first place. I am thinking about bringing this idea back this year and changing everything to brown......hehe you get the idea!

Anonymous said...

for the chick magnet, instead of attaching barbies you could do actual fuzzy yellow chicks.

Cari said...

I did something like the brain donor costume--I wore a hospital gown, wrapped a bandage around my head, painted blood drips down my face, and carried a bottle all night. when people asked, I recited "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than have a frontal lobotomy."

Last year my husband wore the hospital gown with a fake butt peeping out of it.

Anonymous said...

When I was pregnant, I went as an oven, and glued a picture of a bun on my belly. My husband went as the baker/chef. (Get it?!)

Geoff said...

Great ideas - thanks everyone. Have a couple good ones to share from Halloweens past:
- facebook page - take a big piece of cardboard and copy your fb page: cut a rectangle out of the top left corner for your face, write news feeds all over it and attach a couple pictures. Huge hit last yr.
- Jamaican bobsled team - 4 guys all attached together by a piece of cardboard between them, painted, wearing bodysuits and swim caps with the team colours on it.

Will said...

Oooh, that is amazing. This is the first, and possibly only, excellent Halloween costume site on the entire internet. Thank you! I half hope no one finds it, though, because I want to use these ideas for a few years. :)

navs said...

haha these are the funniest ideas ive ever seen!!!

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Anonymous said...

you can dress all in red and put a picture of a bike on your shirt, and go as the menstrual cycle

Anonymous said...

you can also put a pool ring around your belley and roses on your head and go as Ring around the Rosie

shrrls said...

As a variation on the Miss Conception costume, I did the same costume with a twist when I was pregnant. I dressed up in Maternity overalls, country bumpkin style, and told people I was a Common Miss Conception.

Whit said...

I was the nudiest on strike last year and I made a shirt that said "nudiest on strike"...and then my picket sign said "we wont bare until you care"... easy and I won every halloween costume contest. 2 birds with one stone

minxieannie said...

I had a friend who dressed in white shorts and a tiny white t-shirt with the words "i never have sex on the first date" she was a little white lie :)

Anonymous said...

love the nudist on strike!!!

Larisa said...

I think it is always funny when adults get offensive with their costumes. It makes the night more funny. Check these costumes out! http://www.ranker.com/list/offensive-halloween-costume-ideas/alex-sargeant
I found this list rather funny and I think they are rather unique ideas for Halloween costumes.

Anonymous said...

Business Cards

Anonymous said...

Make your own business cards

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Business Cards

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Make your own business cards

Anonymous said...

Wear a bunch of garbage bags and wrap yourself up with a garden hose.... You're now a hose-bag!! :-)

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Anonymous said...

wear normal clothes but carry a weighing scales and if anyone asks you are a weight watcher :)

baluoct27 said...

wow... good post. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Another easy costume: a mime -
dress all in black, wear black gloves, some sort of hat (there's really a variety of what you can wear) and paint your face completely white except for some black lips, eyebrows, and maybe some other design. and remember - you can't talk!! :)

Anonymous said...

Another idea similar to a mime is to go as a "shadow" wear all black, paint any skin showing black with body paint and then stand behind people all night mimicking their body movements.
Or be a "Love Letter" wear all white and draw a red line down vertically the right side of the shirt and pants (or left side if you're looking at the shirt) then draw 3 big black circles even spaced out behind the line. With blue (or black) thin lines running perpendicular to the red line across the whole outfit. (like the lines and holes on a piece of binder paper) then write words like "Dear," "love" "amore" etc. Or you could actually write a love letter if you want.

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Anonymous said...

nice..thanks!

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