Dressing up as somebody else is a childhood fantasy that many adults still enjoy. If you're going to be somebody else, why not choose someone famous? Anybody can spoof the latest celebrity gossip grabber. So go back in history and dress as one of the famous, or infamous, characters of days gone by.
Costumes for Special Occasions
Costumed speeches and dramas are a part of the pageantry we use to celebrate momentous occasions in history. Try a president on for size. Abraham Lincoln's stovepipe hat and signature beard are a dead giveaway. As are Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Rider hat and monocle, or George Washington's powdered wig and ponderous nose.
Independence Day parades are another chance to strut your patriotic costuming stuff. Create costumes for Betsy Ross, complete with half-finished flag and needle, or Benjamin Franklin, with his famous bald pate and square glasses.
Many churches still use drama as a part of religious observances. Biblical characters such as Moses, Mary and Jesus are all sources for simple costumes. In addition to robe and headdress, give Moses a styrofoam version of the Ten Commandments, and Mary, of course, can be holding Baby Jesus.
Famous Couple Costumes
One of the joys of wearing costumes is getting others to join the fun. Try a famous couples costume the next time you're invited to a costume party. For chic, try Antony and Cleopatra on for size. The Egyptian princess and the Roman war hero are one of history's most famous couples. Dress her in purple, with Egyptian eye make-up and lots of gold. He can wear a Roman soldier costume, complete with spear and sandals.
Samson and Delilah made quite a splash in their day. Dress Samson with fake muscles and his head half-shaved. Dress her as a Bible-era harlot, with a large pair of scissors to finish the job.
President John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe were thought to be a scandalous pair. Dress Marilyn in her quintessential white dress, and JFK in a rumpled grey suit with narrow tie and lapel.
Halloween has become the second-largest-grossing holiday in America. Famous ghosts abound-- or be a celebrity zombie. Dress as your favourite pop-culture icon, then just add zombie make-up for the finishing touch. Need ideas? Try Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley or Judy Garland as Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz."
History is full of zany psychopaths who have longed for world domination. Dress as Napoleon Bonaparte, with his ridiculous hat and his hand tucked inside his jacket, or as Mongol warlord Genghis Khan, with plenty of weapons. To represent the feminine side, consider Marie "Let Them Eat Cake" Antoinette in her finest ball gown, complete with tall, powdered wig and a big slice of cake.
Female TV and movie stars have been known for their distinctive good looks and even more distinctive fashions. Consider Lucille Ball with a Chanel skirt suit in black and white, and don't forget the red wig. Go as Audrey Hepburn in her classic hat and sunglasses, or, for a young woman, try Shirley Temple, with a head of golden curls, baby-doll dress and tap shoes.