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    Question I have a costume challenge!

    Hiya Everyone!!

    Okay, the challenge if you so choose to accept it is... (queue Mission Impossible theme)

    I need a costume for Halloween -- now the conditions...

    1) Must be above the ankle (stairs are involved)
    2) Must be close to the body, but not clingy
    3) Must allow full movement
    4) Must be able to be folded and packed in to a carry-on bag (and leave room for 2 days worth of clothes)
    5) Must not make noise
    6) Must be able to FIT me (I'm a plus-size and then some... I'm built like a squash too, okay at top, it's all sitting below the waist)
    7) Must be EASY to make if homemade

    I am doing an event on Halloween that I have to fly to. The location is a closed hospital and has a lot of stairs and has difficult places to maneuver around due to things being stored in the hallways etc. They requested that I be in a costume.

    I thought about going the easier route and just wear scrubs... but, I was looking for some ideas.

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    A long time ago nurses were called "sister" like a nun. Also many nuns ran hospitals. The older nurses had long dresses and a habit like a nun, precursor to the nurse cap. But the cool thing is they had a blue cape and red on the inside. Think American Red cross and Clara BArton. You can either play it the good kind nurse or the evil zombie one.

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    Autumn Fairy.

    Here's an example shown for a small child, but it should work for an adult, too, and be suitable for a work environment.

    http://crafts.kaboose.com/autumn-fairy-costume.html

    Get yourself a set of sweats in green or brown or some other suitable color and attach autumn leaves and flowers. Add a head garland. If you make small wings they shouldn't get in the way.

    You could probably do this with leggings and a large tee, or a skirt that doesn't get in the way too much. Go to the thrift store.
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    Lady V, there is an octopus and a jellyfish costume that I saw in my kid's Family Fun magazine that are too, too cute (and easy to make at home).

    Jellyfish (I think the hat breaks your #4 rule, but maybe it can slide by if you make it after you arrive??)
    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/crafts?p...&craftid=12271

    Octopus
    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/crafts?p...&craftid=12270

    And here's a link to there main costume page . . . they have tons of cute "idears". HTH!

    http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-cra...n_ms_costumes/
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    http://www.threadbanger.com/post/565...-make-a-corset

    Would a simple corset like this (watch the video) over an ankle length peasant looking dress work? Threadbanger has some very unique items to look at.
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    pack sweat or pant suit in your choice of colors. . . also a large, clear garbage bag, with drawstring top, and small multi color balloons. Cut let and arm holes in large garbage bag. . . blow up balloons and put in garbage bag - step in, tie drawstring at your neck. . . you're a bag of jelly beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine View Post
    pack sweat or pant suit in your choice of colors. . . also a large, clear garbage bag, with drawstring top, and small multi color balloons. Cut let and arm holes in large garbage bag. . . blow up balloons and put in garbage bag - step in, tie drawstring at your neck. . . you're a bag of jelly beans.
    OOHHH you took my idea, but here's another one.

    Blue sweats or scrubs. Glue cotton balls all over, and carry a small squirt bottle filled with water. When they ask you what you are, squirt them and say "partly cloudy with a chance of showers!"

    OK, this has nothing to do with the post, but last year my teenaged son wore a gigantic Wheaties box, a hockey mask and carried a battle ax- he was a 'cereal killer'!! More than one person took his picture while he was out marauding with his friends!!

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    My son as a teen, took his younger brother and sister trick or treating . . he did not dress up. When ever someone asked him about it, he's state, dead pan "I'm a sociopathic killer. We look just like everyone else."

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    A xmas tree - green sweats and ornaments safety pinned on

    devil - red sweatsuit, headband with horns, red face paint (or just blush all over your face)

    mad scientist - white lab coat, tease your hair out(think Einstien), do a crazy make up job, carry a large magnifying glass in your pocket

    skeleton - black sweats, cut bones out of white construction paper and safety pin them to your clothes in the appropriate places (if you can trace a halloween skeleton for a pattern) - this could also work as being an "x-ray"

    biker chick - leather chaps or pants, leather jacket or vest with a harley tshirt underneath

    devil pretending to be an angel/devil - white or light colored nightgown, devil horns, white pipe cleaner made into a circle and placed at an odd angle over the horns - if someone asks about the horns, pretend to cover them up and say "what horns?" or say "oh no, are they showing again?".

    anatomy wall chart - sweat suit (black or white works better) - cut out body parts and pin them to the appropriate places, print out the names of the parts and pin next to the appropriate part, if it is a white sweatsuit and you don't care if it is ruined, make black lines with a sharpie from the words to the body part

    Ceasar - white sheet draped appropriately, grape wreath decorated with leaves and worn like a crown - have seen with with a sweatsuit underneath
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    okay one year i bought a black hat (toy top hat) and took a black sweat shirt and then black material and made 4 arms with white mittens on them. sewed them on the sides below the arm of the sweat shirt (two on each side) and then ran a string from the sweat shirt arm down to the two arms on each side (making it so if i picked my arms up they went too..black tighs.. and a red hour glass on the shirt and i was a spider.. black widow..lol

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    Once Hubby and I went as a clothes line. We dressed in all brown (the poles) , and had strings between our hands with mittens hung on them with clip clothespins.

    You might be able to do this by yourself. Just run the string between your own two hands.

    One time I went as an orange traffic barrel. I wore an oversized orange tshirt and wrapped reflective tape around it.
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    So... What are you going to be?
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