ART THEMED HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
By Margaret Riley
Halloween is just around the corner and time to get the costume under way! My oldest son is always so inventive on a costume. One year he dressed up as Bob Ross, had the huge palette plus a large fuzzy haired wig!
Think of a famous painting, such as the Mona Lisa. Dress up in black, wear a black wig, and hold a large gold frame. Just remember to not smile!
When my children were young, I’d try making their costumes. One year, I made a box of crayons with the child having a pointed hat on to make him appear like he was a crayon being pulled out of the crayon box. I believe he did place very high in a costume contest. 😊
How about being a tube of paint? You can tape together posterboard to make it into a tube. Make the label just like you see on a real tube of paint. Purchase one at the store for a pattern. Make a cap to wear…just like the cap on the tube. You can do a replica of a 2-ounce bottle of paint (no black cap needed) or a tube of oil paint.
Being a brush is pretty easy, too. Again, tape posterboard into a tube to fit around you. Paint it brown. Using a cone made from posterboard, bring yarn up from the bottom to the top (tie around the top. Tip the “brush ends” in a color to make the brush end appear that it has been dipped into a dollop of paint. You can always carry a palette (board cut into a palette shape with splashes of color on it).
Be a container of watercolors…you know, like the ones you had when you were a kid. Just cut a 2’ x 4’ piece of cardboard and spray paint white. Add squares of colored construction paper or foam sheets for the colors. Carry a rag mop (tie up the top and secure a piece of wire down the center to hold “brush hairs” upright) for a brush. Wear an artist hat/tam.
How about masquerading as a pad of drawing paper? All you have to do is put two pieces of ribbon (to go over each shoulder) between two pieces of white cardboard. Create a pencil to carry from a rolled-up piece of yellow posterboard. You can add lines, a “No. 2”, and a pink eraser, which will be pink construction paper. Add a stick person to your drawing paper!
All of us have an apron with paint all over it! Just wear it, make a huge palette with splashes of paint on it, and carry a large brush. Wah-la! You’ve got an original artist outfit! Wear “who you are” for this Halloween!!