No party is quite as sexy as a costume party. We love these parties because it is the one night a year we can pretend to be someone – or something – else.
Several of the ideas contain one costume that is not as elaborate as the other, just in case your significant other isn’t really into “dressing up.”
Idea #1: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE BIG BAD WOLF: This is a personal favorite. It doesn’t have to require a whole lot of forethought or a rental costume. The wolf really only needs a pair of ears and maybe some paint on the nose. Red does need a cloak to be effective, but this can easily be accomplished with a red bed sheet or 4 yards of red fabric. To make the hood, lay the sheet flat and use the centerpoint on the long side to make the top of the hood. Using chalk around that center point, make a semi-circle that is about 2 1/2 ft. wide. Make small incisions with a pair of scissors and thread a red chord through it (see illustration).
Idea #2: A PRISONER AND HIS (OR HER) GAURD: Another costume set that is easy to make is the prisoner and his gaurd. The gaurd wears a button down shirt (for women a pair of fishnets could be worn over a long button down shirt with a belt at the waist) accompanied by a pair of handcuffs and a fake badge (in nearly any toy section if you don’t have real cuffs). The prisoner can wear a black and white striped shirt or an orange shirt with “Folsom County” stenciled in black, complete with a cuff dangling from his wrist.
Idea #3: THE HUNTER AND THE DEER (OR BUNNY, TIGER, ETC): Many people have the stuff to carry this one out laying around the house. The hunter dresses in camo and the deer (or bunny) wears a pair of antlers on a headband (or bunny ears) and blacks his (or her) nose. Black gloves complete the deer look and the hunter carries a toy gun or bow. If bunnies wear gloves, they should compliment the ears. This variation could also include a tiger, lion, etc.
Idea #4: COWBOYS AND INDIANS: This is also a costume that many people have lying around the house. You needed somewhere to wear that fringed cowboy shirt anyway.
Idea #5: ROMANS: A couple of togas made from old sheets (c’mon you remember how to do this) and some heavy jewelry and you’re ready to visit ancient Rome. Men can wear a plain colored t-shirt under the toga if they feel the need. Top the emsemble off with a crown of leaves (laurel or bay if you are making it yourself – plain plastic garland made into a circle if you aren’t).
Idea #6: HIS (OR HER) PET: If your significant other completely refuses to dress up, you can always include him or her with this one. The pet wears a pair of ears, a collar with a tag, and a leash. To lighten the mood from a dominant look, you can choose pink ears and a pink collar, which looks a little more playful. The signficant other can dress as he (or she) pleases. If they decide last minute to get into the fun, they can always play the role of “animal control.”