Beatles Halloween costumes are especially popular this year with the recent release of the Beatles box sets. One of the best ideas is a Sgt. Pepper costume. These are some tips.
Beatles Sgt. Pepper Halloween Costume: Dress Up
Most of the retail costumes look like generic band uniforms. Be true to the Beatles and make your Sgt. Pepper costume cheaper and more authentic. Buy yards of satin in the correct day-glo colors and ask a seamstress to sew them into simple tunics. You can make them look like military jackets by adding gold buttons and cardboard medals. (The album originally came with cardboard cutouts for mustaches, etc. so the Beatles would have wanted it this way). It’s yellow for John, fuchsia for Ringo, blue for Paul and orange for George. Wear pants in matching colors. Wear your natural long hair and mustaches or use fake ones. Ringo needs a military cap and George wore a pirate-type hat.
Beatles Sgt. Pepper Halloween Costume: Act Up
Excuse yourselves after 39 minutes and 42 seconds. That was the length of the album .You can always come back in if the party had been getting better all the time. Start the party with the front cover pose (John, Ringo, Paul, George). End with the back cover pose (George, backwards Paul, John, Ringo).
Beatles Sgt. Pepper Halloween Costume: Sing
Greet your host singing “It’s wonderful to be here, it’s certainly a thrill.” Exit singing “We’re sorry but it’s time to go.” If your departure gets slowed down, intone the “bye, bye” line from She’s Leaving Home.
Beatles Sgt. Pepper Halloween Costume: Don’t Be a Lonely Heart
Sgt. Pepper costumes give you a chance to surround yourself with friends and props. Put a cardboard sign with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on the front of a toy drum and get some toy horns.
If you’ve got more than 4 people, they can dress up as some of the crowd that surrounds the Beatles on the album cover or as screaming teenage girls that followed the Beatles everywhere. If you’re on your own, you can bring some miniature cardboard cutouts of your favorite figures including the younger suit-and-tie clad Beatles, Indian gurus, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando or Edgar Allen Poe. Bring a little girl doll dressed up in a striped sweater emblazoned with “The Rolling Stones” just like on the album cover.