Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spooky but Sensible: Good Halloween Costumes for Mom

This article is a guest post  by Emma Rae Curtis.

Halloween Costume Ideas

You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy dress-up, of course.  Halloween invites people of all ages to let their imaginations run wild.  However, the older you get, the more that certain factors start to weigh upon your mind.  For instance, if you’re a lady of a certain age, that “Sexy in any sense (like this Kim Kardashian sexy Halloween costume)” outfit may expose a bit more flesh than vanity or comfort may deem prudent (honestly, how can girls wear stuff like that when it gets so cold outside?).  Here, then, are a few costume suggestions that allow you to exercise your good sense and still let your freak flag fly.

Morticia Addams

Morticia Addams, Halloween Costume Ideas
Morticia Addams from The Addams Family
Here’s a classic costume option.  The long black skirt can be flattering and also let you get away with maybe wearing some thermal underwear.  Also, the makeup, eyeliner and mascara can be a wrinkle-conscious woman’s best friend.

Dolores Umbridge 

Dolores Umbridge, Halloween Costume Ideas
Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter Novels/Films
This is a good choice if you’re a little daunted by the form-fitting look of Morticia Addams.  This character’s heavy pink coat will help you stay warm, and you can get away with wearing sensible shoes.  And if the dowdiness of this look gives you pause, remember that no less an authority on horror than Stephen King called this character “the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.”  Also, this costume could help you channel your inner disciplinarian if you find yourself having to keep some rowdy kids in line.

Sue Sylvester 

Sue Sylvester, Halloween Costume Ideas
Sue Sylvester from Glee
This one’s a cinch if you've got an old track suit lying around.  Just get yourself a stopwatch, a whistle and a toy megaphone (or a real one, depending on the unruliness of your kids) and you’re good to go.  One nice thing about this costume: it gives you an excuse to talk as much trash as you want (particularly if you don’t like someone’s hair).

Cruella Deville

Cruella Deville, Halloween Costume Ideas
Cruella Deville from 101 Dalmatians movie
Here’s a good option if you’d like to bring out your inner diva.  This character’s humongous white coat makes this outfit a good option if you’d like to keep warm.             

Also, her cigarette holder works nicely if you’re a smoker (though really, you should think about quitting).   If the look of the 60’s cartoon seems a little too restricting, you've got some latitude in modifying this costume to suit your comfort level.  Watch the 90’s films with the divine Glenn Close or Google images for Cruella Deville to get some ideas.

Ever since she was a little girl, Emma Rae Curtis has loved everything associated with Halloween (costumes, scary movies, etc.). Visit her blog Emma Rae’s Halloween for some deliciously devilish Halloween fun.


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