Many companies produce spooky costumes for Halloween, and it is easy to come up with ideas for gruesome homemade outfits. However, people going to family events or a children's party might want something a bit more light hearted and fun. In these cases, it is best to avoid anything too racy, revealing, or frightening, and instead choose something that generates more laughs than screams. As with any Halloween costume, the only limit is the partygoer's imagination.
Making a costume
Making a costume is a fun way to get a unique look and makes it possible to tailor the costume to suit the situation. The level of difficulty varies based on the design, but many homemade Halloween costumes do not require any sewing or crafting skills.
At Halloween, children love to dress up and go trick-or-treating, and there is no reason babies cannot get involved in the fun as well. This is possible by incorporating a pram into the design of a Halloween costume. For example, the Coolest Homemade Costumes website has details for surrounding a pram with boxes or foam board painted to look like books. Parents then dress their baby in a green onesie with some pipe cleaner antennae to look like a bookworm happily riding in a stack of novels.
A play on words
Dressing as a play on words is a sure way to get a few laughs and a few puzzled expressions. Ideas include writing psychological terms on a female undergarment as a "Freudian slip," wearing face makeup like the band Kiss with a beret to be a "French kiss," or wearing a Hawaiian shirt and some boxing gloves to be "Hawaiian punch."
Making a costume does not always require expert sewing skills. Geek costumes are easy to make, as they do not require any construction. They are a good choice for people who are usually sporty or people who normally wear a suit and tie.
The partygoer needs some comical glasses, preferably a pair with some sticky tape on the bridge of the nose, and some braces. Tucking a shirt into some high-waist trousers, and finding some suitably ghastly socks, adds to the laughable look.
Dressing up like the eponymous star of the "Where's Wally?" books is another quick and easy costume that does not involve any sewing, cutting, or gluing. The costume comprises a red and white striped sweater, red and white hat, and black glasses. The best part of this costume is the opportunity to play "Where's Wally" for real at a crowded party.
The Pop Sugar website has a hilarious way to stand out at any party: dress as a bath puff. This is an exceptionally easy costume to make and looks bright and cheerful. Partygoers start with a cheap tube dress and then sew on bunched up tulle netting fabric. Bright pink or purple colours are the most effective, and a rubber duck headband finishes off the look.
The Scooby Doo gang
For people who need a group or family outfit, dressing as the comical characters from "Scooby Doo" is a lot of fun, especially if they have a camper van to use as a Mystery Machine. The Scooby Doo theme works really well at parties, where members of the gang have the option to wander around unmasking villains. It is also a chance to involve the family dog as the famous dog detective.
Buying a costume
Not everyone has the time or the inclination to make a costume from scratch. Fortunately, many companies offer humourous Halloween outfits for children and adults in a range of sizes and styles. Popular choices for funny outfits include the following:
- Fruits, vegetables, and other food stuffs
- Big babies
- Animal onesies
When purchasing a costume, consumers should check the contents list carefully to know what is included. For example, a clown costume is unlikely to include face paint or makeup, so partygoers need to source those items separately. Couples and groups should consider buying costumes that share a common theme. For example, couples could dress as a rasher of bacon and an egg, a fish and a chip, or Dorothy and a tin man.
How to buy funny Halloween costumes on eBay
Whether you are tackling the construction of a homemade Halloween costume and want some tools and supplies or are in the market for something ready-to-wear, you can find everything you need on eBay, where reliable sellers have a huge stock of party supplies. To get started, enter a search criterion in the search field available on every eBay page, and then use the filters to refine your results. It is possible to organise results based on price and closing time for easier browsing.