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Masks for Halloween!

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Masks for Halloween

Not always the most comfortable of disguises, but masks can create an interest and mystique.  And the range of masks is wide-spread from a simple black eye mask (ala the ‘Lone Ranger’ to very large heavily plumed, and/or feathered masks. 

Sequined masks always have an appeal not only because they are pretty, but just a glint in the right lighting might catch the eye of the beholder (you know, the guy you are interested in).

At any costume shop, you will see a wall filled with every monster mask known to mankind.  Some are face masks (which cover the entire front, but not the back or sides), some cover ¾ of the head, and some are overhead masks.  The mask of the incumbent President and some of his predecessors will be featured on these shelves or walls.  Perhaps another politicl figure. An assortment of cartoonish characters may also grace the ‘wall of infamy’.  Most of these masks are made of vinyl or rubber.

The caveats to wearing a vinyl/rubber mask are many, but the main two are the inability to drink (other than through a straw) comfortably; limited vision because the openings for visibility might be an inch or so from the eye.  And lastly, because of the materials used, and depending upon how much of the head is covered, these masks can be very, very warm.  But then again, some people like it hot.

There are clear plastic frontal masks of a young man or woman, or an elderly man or woman.  Clear plastic is opaque so they allow the skin tones to show through but distort the features of the wearer. 

There are also ‘hoodwink’ masks that have no eye openings at all.  Sorry, I forgot.  These are used by those people who need total darkness when they sleep.  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!

 

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Yet More Movie Character Costume Ideas

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Yet More Movie Character Costume Ideas

 There was a harvest of romantic comedies and musicals in the 1950s, many of which were based on Broadway productions.  There, too, were the epic Biblical movies such as ‘Ben Hur’, where a simple toga or a Roman soldier costume might fare well.   

       

 Along with the likes of ‘On the Waterfront’, and ‘Marty’ (neither will provide you with a good Halloween costume idea), were several Broadway musical productions converted to film.  ‘Carousel’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Kismet’ and ‘South Pacific’ to name a few, and costume ideas are plentiful in this genre.

       

There were movies like ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, ‘Blackboard Jungle; and another musical ‘West Side Story’ that were based on teenagers and teenage gangs of the fifties.  Poodle skirts and black leather jackets would fit well (more or less) for a Halloween costume from these movies.

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Don’t Wear the Same Halloween Costume That Someone Else is Wearing

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A little diversion today.

What would happen if you saw someone wearing the same Halloween outfit as you at the same party?  Don’t Wear the Same Halloween Costume That Someone Else is Wearing.

 

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Movie Character Halloween Costumes

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Movie Character Halloween Costumes 

Sometimes a role is defined by the actor/actress; and sometimes the actor/actress is defined by the role. Are you Scarlet O’Hara or are you Vivian Leigh?  I think that Scarlett O’Hara is the more recognized name.  Clark Gable might be better known as Clark Gable, rather than Rhett Butler.  Either way, you want to be recognized, even if you have to tell the other guests who you are. 

Dressing as copyrighted characters are usually a big no-no; but you might assume that wherever you get a famous character costume, whether it be from a costume shop, a retailer, or from the net, that the licensing fees have been bought for whatever character it is that you choose.

Movies open up another world to your imagination.  You might take the movies by genre (westerns, musical comedies, gangster, war) or you might just to back to the silent movies or perhaps the decade that you grew up in.   20's Film Star: Charlie Chaplin Adult Costume

Or as mentioned in the previous paragraph, pick a star and the movie that that star was most famous for.

Lastly, is there a costume you might buy, rent or assemble from your favorite movie?  And was your favorite move, “Wizard of Oz?”

Wizard of Oz - Tin Man Plus Adult CostumeThe Wizard of Oz - Scarecrow Plus Adult CostumeThe Wizard of Oz Dorothy Adult Costume

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Halloween Historical Costumes

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  Halloween Historical Costumes   
Wow!  History takes in a looooooog, loooooong period of time.  Eons of time. From the Cro-Magnon or Neanderthal days up to today.  History probably goes back to Adam and Eve (a nice couples costumes, BTW), but I don’t know if they were pre or post Cro-Magnon. Hmmmm…..let me see.  What periods of history can I recall?  Roman, Greek, Biblical, Medieval, Renaissance, the French Revolution period , Early America, the Civil War, the Turn of the Century (NO!, not this past one, the one before it),  the Roaring Twenties, the Thirties, the Forties, the Fabulous Fifties and the list can go on and on..  Also consider your own history, which might take in the Sixties and the following decades. Throw in the Tool Age, Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Computer Age. 
 In an earlier post, we mentioned that assigning names to costumes and playing that role was a major part of having a great time dressing up.  The ‘putting a name of a character on the costume’ theme will resonate in many of the subjects to follow.   From the Roman period, maybe a Marc Antony and Cleopatra; from the French Revolution perhaps Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine.  
How about an Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln from the Civil War era, or Bonnie and Clyde from the 1930’s?  Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made a nice 60’s couple, and you even tie them back to a movie (‘Cleopatra’) they co-starred in. 

 

Interchangeability is also a keyword in these posts.  People from one category might also be associated with another category.

 So dig out those old History books, and while you’re at it, can you also find the book from Freshman Geography 101?

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Old Television Shows and TV Personality Costumes

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 Old Television Shows and Television Personality Costumes

From ‘Mr. Television’, Milton Berle (oh, you never heard of him?) and his outlandish, clownish costumes and makeup to M*A*S*H and its assorted military characters from the Korean War, come another huge category of possible Halloween costume ideas.  All from old television shows and television personalities.

 

Hoop Clown Adult Costume

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There were a rash of Western TV shows (‘Bonanza’, ‘Rawhide’, ‘Gunsmoke’ with Matt and Kitty) and their assortment of western garb, replete with a six-shooter or two) in the 50’s, 60’s.  

For you futuristic fans, remember ‘Battlestar Galactica’ or ‘Star Trek’?  Costumes from these kind of productions might be on the pricey side.

The ‘Addams Family’ and ’The Munsters’ can provide you with several characters each that might feed your ghoulish personality.

 

The Munsters Herman Munster Adult CostumeThe Munsters Lilly Munster Adult CostumeThe Munsters Eddie Munster Adult Costume

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A medical smock might be all you need to play a part from ER or Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey or ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

Buffalo Bob, Clarabelle, Princess SummerFallWintersSpring are a few characters from ‘Howdy Doody’.

But Howdy, himself might be a bit of a challenge. Unless of course, someone has a wooden head and looks like him.  (He was a marionette.)  So, just go back to those golden days of television or ask your Mom or grandfather about some of the shows.  Google works, too!

 

 

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Open the Door To a New World…Costumes!

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Open The Door to a New World….Halloween costumes!

 

Open the door to a new world….costumes!

As you enter the door to your local costume shop, it might seem like you are entering the ‘Twilight Zone’, but much less scary.  You will be exposed to another world, maybe another dimension.

 

Glitter Make-Up Kit

There are costumes, props, hats, wigs, Halloween makeup, clown noses, ugly teeth, elf ears, and undoubtedly chopped off hands, eyeballs…..and yes….even blood!!!!!

Costumes of shimmery and glittery sequins, lames and satins.   

Silver Screen Sinsation Adult Costume

Funny costumes, historical costumes, sexy costumes coming in all sizes, colors and shapes. 

Wigs galore, many in styles of famous personalities, like Elvis, Cher, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Vampira and Rod Stewart are also available.  Long hair, short hair, curls, in blacks, browns, blondes and redheads.  Bald wigs for those Michael Jordan wannabe’s.

Some props might be available like witches brooms or cauldrons, or a life size rat, or a oversized bat.  Certainly no shop would not have spider webs, tombstones  and fog machines and strobe lights to help create an atmosphere.

Dancing Halloween Broom Animated Prop9

Some shops might even have a real coffin or two to rent, although there are some cardboard coffins available to purchase.

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A Visit to a Costume Shop – To Rent or To Buy

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A Visit to a Costume Shop – Wow! A Real Costume Shop…

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A Visit to a Costume Shop – The Invitation

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