Well, it’s that time of the year again. Fall. The leaves are changing, the weather outside is getting frightful, and Halloween is just around the corner. It is time to be thinking about what costume you will wear this October 31. If you don’t want to be thought of as a person with no originality, then you need something different. With the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, there’s bound to be millions of people dressing like a pirate. Why would you want to be like millions of other people? Avoid common costumes like pirates, monsters, and the sort. If you like standing out in a crowd, even when the crowd is all in costume, then look no further than these 5 unique Halloween costume ideas.
1- Ben Roethlisberger’s Helmet: Ben Roethlisberger, of course, is the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This summer he had a near-fatal motorcycle accident. He was lucky. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and somehow he escaped with only minor injuries. What you need for this costume is just a big cardboard box and some rope or anything to attach it to yourself. Get the big box and write, on the front of it, in black and yellow markers (Steelers colors), Big Ben’s Helmet. Naturally, the box needs to have nothing in it. Ben wasn’t wearing a helmet and the box is empty. You can complete this costume by wearing a Ben Roethlisberger jersey or t-shirt, or any Steelers shirt will do, although the jersey will look best. Just make sure that the box is the focus of attention. People will definitely be looking and asking you questions about this one.
2- That 80’s Guy: For this costume you need to look as much like a cliche as possible. Costume necessities include Ray Ban sunglasses, a Le Tigre polo shirt (has the tiger on the breast area), old Adidas 3-stripe (preferably blue stripes) sneaks (not new ones), either spiked or feathered hair, tight jeans with the cuffs rolled up a time or two, or parachute pants. Here is the best accessory; if you can find it – a classic boombox. Remember the original early 80’s boomboxes that played just cassettes? The bigger, the better.
3- Stormtrooper Basketball Player: Everybody has seen people dressed up as Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movies. It gets old, and geeky. Add a twist by being the basketball playing Stormtrooper. All you need is a Stormtrooper helmet and a basketball jersey of your favorite NBA player. If you have a full Stormtrooper outfit, you can also wear the leg armor for added effect. If not, wear some NBA style shorts. This is sure to get you noticed; and maybe even by some girls.
4- Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters: There are many ways to do this costume. The best way, and most authentic, is to use marshmallows. You will need many bags of marshmallows, more than you think. Once you have them, you can either glue them to a white outfit (that you don’t care about), or design a way to house them all on your body. You could use see-through plastic bags and just fill the bags full of the marshmallows. Either way, the more marshmallows, the better you will look.
5- Barrel of Monkeys: This costume can have some fringe benefits that I’ll describe later. What you need is a barrel and some monkeys. Even if you can get them, real monkeys probably shouldn’t be used. Unless you have one really well behaved monkey, just get a bunch of stuffed animal monkeys. You can easily find them in any Goodwill Thrift Store, or Wal-Mart. For the barrel, just use a 55-gallon drum. They can usually be found at discount stores, hardware stores, or in want ads. Cut out the bottom of the barrel, devise a way to keep the barrel attached to your body (maybe just cut out holes for your feet and arms), make a floor inside to hold all the monkeys, add monkeys, and there you have it. Fringe benefit – on the front of the barrel you can write “I’m more fun than a barrel of monkeys” in large BRIGHT letters. This will get attention of the opposite sex. For more fun, go nude (except for underwear) inside the barrel.
Also read the Top 2006 Halloween Costumes for Adults.