Witty Costume Ideas

Written by lisa porter
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Witty Costume Ideas
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Make your friends laugh this year at Halloween with a witty, clever costume. Humorous costumes don’t have to require more effort than serious costumes; in fact, costumes based on puns or wordplay often require fewer materials than more traditional costumes. Have fun as you consider different ideas for your costume.

Catcher in the Rye

Salute one of the greatest American novels with this pun-inspired costume. Simply carry a catcher’s glove and a loaf of rye bread. Offer slices of the bread to your friends as a Halloween treat.

Windblown Person

Create the illusion that you’re caught in a sudden gust of wind with this silly costume. Use hairspray to mould your hair in a windblown style, and hot glue fake leaves and scraps of newspaper to your clothes. Place wire inside your clothes to give them the impression of being caught in the wind as well. Carry an inside out umbrella to complete the look.

Holy Cow

Find an old, plain white T-shirt, and use black permanent marker or acrylic paint to decorate it with spots. Then wear a halo over your head. Make your halo by attaching gold or silver pipe cleaners to a headband.

Upside Down Person

Trick your friends into thinking you’re walking on your hands all night long. Wear an extra large flannel shirt over your legs and a pair of trousers over your torso and head, with small holes cut for you eyes and mouth. Use hot glue or duct tape to attach a balloon or other light round object between your legs for your “head.” Hold your arms in the air and wear shoes on your feet.

Lost Remote

Dress as the couch potato’s worst nightmare: the lost television remote. Simply use duct tape or hot glue to attach sofa cushions to your front and back.

Freudian Slip

To dress as a Freudian slip, simply find a fake beard at a costume shop to wear with round glasses and a slip or nightgown.

The Second Amendment

With this witty costume, you can dress as a protester or activist who has misunderstood the second amendment. Use a permanent marker to write the words “The Second Amendment” across a plain T-shirt, and then complete the look with a bear of furry bear arms. You can create your own bear arms with a hot glue gun, a pair of scissors and inexpensive brown fur or felt from a fabric store.

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