Whether it's with a friend, significant other, spouse or relative, Halloween night, Mardi Gras or the occasional masquerade, dressing up in theme with a partner can be a great bonding experience and will bring smiles to the faces of friends and strangers alike. Clever combos rarely go unnoticed so when you and your other half are brainstorming your next jaw-dropping masked duet, consider these schools of thought on couples costumes.
Pop Culture-Themed Costumes
Costumes patterned after famous duos run the risk of not being very original but can be killer costumes if you pull them off faithfully. Try to be as obvious as possible: you don't want to have to explain pop culture costumes. Above all, work with what you've got: are you two dark-haired men, one who is tall and gangly while the other is rotund? You guys already have a Blues Brothers costume in the making. Other ideas: Sonny and Cher, Cleopatra and Anthony, Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth.
Word Play Costumes
Word play costumes are generally unexpected but will get well-earned laughs when your fellow revilers finally put it all together. Dress one partner in a suit, a greying beard, wire-rimmed spectacles, a wig with a male pattern baldness on top (or shave the top of the persons head if you two are truly dedicated) and give the person a large cigar to brandish. The other partner should wear a ladies night slip (make it a slip-wearing male partner for added irony). You guys are a "Freudian Slip." For bonus fun, try both a pop culture and word play costume. One partner dress like former president Bush while the other carries a rug beater, egg beater, or stick. When someone asks what you two are, you can say you're beating around the Bush.
Joint costumes run the risk of literally tethering you to the other person for the entire evening (think the classic two-person horse costume). One costume that allows you to go joint and still have the option of independence is the plug and outlet. Here is a cheap way to pull it off: Cut head and arm holes out of two rectangular cardboard boxes and with one of the long ends totally open (for your legs). The plug box should be smaller and squarer. The outlet box should be rectangular, longer and perhaps skinnier. Create prongs out of cardboard. Create "prongs" out of two pieces of cardboard. Cut holes through the ends that will be going into the outlet and wrap in tin foil, bronze coloured if you can find it. Attach these prongs to the plug box so they stick out the front of the plug costume. The prongs should be attached perpendicular to one another and spaced wide enough to accommodate the person inside the outlet when you two are "plugged in." At this point, the partners should put the boxes on and line up the two costumes to see where to cut the prong holes. Decorate each costume to resemble an electrical socket and a power cord plug.
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