Quick and Easy Ideas for Halloween Costumes...

  1. Ok, I know we have some creative nurses out there and I could use your help!

    I'm working on halloween, and we are doing a hollywood/disney character/movie character theme and I'm completely blank on coming up with a halloween costume. It needs to be something practical that I'll be able to work in! I was planning on just wearing my halloween scrub top but since most of the other nurses are dressing up, I figured it would be fun to do.

    Anybody have any ideas??

    Thanks in Advance!

    -Meghan
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    My hubby and I (we work at the same assisted living facility) are doing a Pirates of the Caribbean theme this year. The costume doesn't have to cost a lot---we're making ours out of some old clothes, plus a couple of pirate hats from K-Mart, the pair of matching swords we bought at a Renaissance fair, and some odds & ends like an eyepatch, an old sash, and even a fake rubber parrot to stick on a shoulder. :spin:
  4. by   TexasPediRN
    Thanks for the idea! It sounds like a quick and easy one to throw together. I love that you have that fake parrot too! Sounds like it will come out great!

    Anybody else have ideas?

    Thanks again!
  5. by   dianah
    Do you have a Party Plus you can cruise through, or some store that has Halloween costumes/accessories? I've been a Hawaiian tourist (already had the capri pants and garish tropical shirt, bought the woven hat, colored leis, fake gauche jewelry and weird sunglasses), pirate, tacky Over-The-Hill Prom Attendee (see page 9 or so of 10/27 GM thread for full description), witch (I made a quick costume one year, and bought purple-and-black striped tights, fake witch's hair and hat); dh's costume is described there too (overalls, bandanna hanging out the back pocket, plaid shirt, funky hat).

    Good luck! Let us know what you do!!
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Mickey Mouse ears and a tail.
  7. by   dianah
    Black pants, black turtleneck, cat ears and a tail, painted-on whiskers and nose.

    Witch costume: Get about two yards of inexpensive black fabric. Fold in half. In the middle of the fold, cut a hole out for your head. Lay the folded fabric on the floor or table, and trace the dress shape (the selvage will be the hem), allowing fabric for longish sleeves. Cut on the tracing lines (not clear up to the neck, now, as you need to cover your front and back!). Sew the side seams. You can sew up to the underarm area of the sleeves and then stop. Cut the hem and the under-the-arm sections jagged, and do the same with the hem. Don't even think about any hems or niceties like finished seams: it's a witch's costume!!! I threw mine in the wash and dryer after making the hems and sleeves ragged, and it came out nicely frayed and wrinkled. I also made an apron with more jagged edges, for more of a ragged, unkempt look (I put two pockets in it, too, as I wore it to work and needed to keep a few things in pockets). Add hat, tights (striped or black or spider-webby . . .), shoes/boots, a broom, jewelry, witch hair and makeup and there you are! I also got a few plastic spiders, and made one dangle on a piece of thread, from the tip of the hat over the brim, near my face. It swings delightfully there!
  8. by   dianah
    Man's costume: Cut out a large piece of cardboard in the shape of a magnet that he can wear around his neck. Paint it like a magnet. Glue (fake!) baby chicks onto the black, magnet part. Voila: A Chick Magnet! (saw it in a catalog!)
  9. by   mercyteapot
    Nurse Ratched, lol...
  10. by   dianah
    Elvis (or a 50's look): rolled-up jeans, white socks, black shoes, white t-shirt, black leather jacket, slicked-back hair.
  11. by   dianah
    Two variations of the same:

    1) Bathrobe, wet hair up in towel, fuzzy slippers on, carrying bath brush and maybe rubber ducky;

    2) Bathrobe, hair in old-fashioned curlers, aqua eyeshadow, RED lipstick, ever-full mug of coffee in hand, the latest Enquirer peeking out of a pocket, slippers on feet, . . . well, you get the idea!
  12. by   Beary-nice
    Okay I can no long keep silent,

    My brother must have been about four at the time and he was a whiny little boy and not sure he wanted to go trick or treating until of course...Halloween came and he wanted to go but...no costume...my mom the interesting soul that she is....took a flowery pillowcase and cut a hole for my brother's head and arms and pulled this pillowcase over his head, then she proceeded to take black mascara and paint under his eyes with it...so here we are trick or treating and the elderly people are wondering if my brother is supposed to be a ghost or something...mom answered, quite proudly in fact, "No he is a pillowcase."

    Another fine moment from the Beary Dysfunctional Family Album....


    If anything...I have told you what NOT to do...


    I do not make this stuff up...I swear...
  13. by   dianah
    Bwahahahaha!! Good one Beary!!! Love the obvious!!!
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from Beary-nice
    Okay I can no long keep silent,

    My brother must have been about four at the time and he was a whiny little boy and not sure he wanted to go trick or treating until of course...Halloween came and he wanted to go but...no costume...my mom the interesting soul that she is....took a flowery pillowcase and cut a hole for my brother's head and arms and pulled this pillowcase over his head, then she proceeded to take black mascara and paint under his eyes with it...so here we are trick or treating and the elderly people are wondering if my brother is supposed to be a ghost or something...mom answered, quite proudly in fact, "No he is a pillowcase."

    Another fine moment from the Beary Dysfunctional Family Album....


    If anything...I have told you what NOT to do...


    I do not make this stuff up...I swear...



    ~wiping coffee off the keyboard and monitor~

    BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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