Make your Halloween costume as simple or elaborate as you wish. If you have a beard, incorporating it into your outfit is a necessity. If you are clean-shaven, a fake beard not only increases your options, but it also may hide your identity. With the prevalence of costume shops, complete outfits with beards are easy to find. Be creative, however, and use items you already have for a classic costume.
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Dress in all black and a top hat to be Abraham Lincoln. Add a copy of the Gettysburg Address for extra recognition. Shoulder-length hair parted down the middle combined with a white robe is an easy Jesus costume. For more detail, wear a crown of thorns -- preferably fake. Short hair and a full but well-trimmed beard is the basis for a General Ulysses S. Grant costume. Wear a bow tie and attach the number 50 to your outfit, as Grant appears on the £32 bill.
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Add sunglasses and a guitar to a long, blond beard to be a member of ZZ Top. Fidel Castro is another iconic figure with a full beard. Wear army green fatigues, combat boots and top it off with a military hat and cigar. Swap the hat for a beret, lose the cigar and trim the beard to be Che Guevara. A neatly trimmed beard, a mohawk and a chest of gold chains is an easily identifiable Mr. T.
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Uncle Jesse from "The Dukes of Hazzard" requires a white beard, red cap and denim overalls. For a real beard that is not naturally white, The Beard Coach website suggests putting sticky hair product in your facial hair and sprinkling cornstarch over it for the right effect. Grizzly Adams is another television character known for his beard. The important elements of this costume are a fur coat, thermal shirt, brown trousers and a bear tooth necklace. Use the cornstarch trick to add streaks to a solid beard. A long red beard lends itself to a Yosemite Sam costume. Simply add a ten-gallon hat, a yellow kerchief and some cowboy boots. A bearded lady from the circus is an especially entertaining costume when it is a man in a dress.
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Dress as Santa Claus, possibly the most famous bearded man. Don a red outfit, black boots and a fur-lined red cap. Stuff the outfit if you do not naturally have Santa's belly. Opposed to mixing your holidays but have the white beard? Don a toga and carry a lightning bolt around to be the Greek god Zeus. Be Paul Bunyan, the mythical lumberjack, with a wool cap, plaid shirt and suspenders holding up jeans. A toy axe completes the costume. If you have a yellow rain suit and a blue scarf, you have the makings of the Gorton's Fisherman. Use cornstarch if you do not have a white beard. Dress as a generic sorcerer -- or one of those made famous by the "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the Rings" franchises -- with a long robe and pointed cap.