The Halloween Handbook: 447 Halloween Costumes

The Halloween Handbook: 447 Halloween Costumes


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It's dress-up for grown-ups, and the liveliest, most imaginative collection of Halloween costume ideas—447 costume ideas to be exact—from two hip, inveterate lovers of all things Halloween . . . plus dozens of other ideas for enjoying the holiday.

Bridie Clark and Ashley Dodd are the dynamic duo, in or out of capes. For every level of interest, time—and irony—they offer suggestions. There's the ultra-quick: Pin several pair of underwear to a shirt, and voilà, A Chest of Drawers. With a bit more time, wrap yourself in aluminum foil and don a beret—mmm, French Kiss. There are Angels and Devils, all with variations (add roller skates to your Satan costume, and go as Hell on Wheels). Come Hither costumes—Lady Godiva, Chippendales Dancer, Stripper Emerging from a Cake. Celeb sightings, from the Dalai Lama to Madonna (six Madonnas, actually, from all of her phases). Costumes for couples—Sweethearts Caught on Lover's Lane, Fred and Wilma Flintstone—and costumes for whole groups of friends, including how to appear as the Sopranos or the hapless castaways on Gilligan's Island. And for the children, check out Nursery Rhymes, Fairy Tales, and Other Costumes for the Young and Young at Heart.

Finally, for the friend who just can't bear the thought of dressing up but still wants to join the fun, suggest the Time Traveler from the Day Before Halloween.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761129875
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.92(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Bridie Clark lives in New York and works in publishing. Halloween is far and away her favorite holiday—originally for the candy, and now for the once-a-year opportunity to play dress-up.

Ashley Dodd lives in New York and works in public relations. Halloween is far and away her favorite holiday—originally for the candy, and now for the once-a-year opportunity to play dress-up.

Table of Contents

The Costume Encyclopedia

1. Classics and Classics with a Twist
How to Make Face Paint (3)
Winging it (5)
Chew on This: Faux Fangs (6)
Stuck on You: Adhering Things to Your Skin (9)
Goddess Variations (12)
How to Make Fake Blood (16)
Here's Looking at You: Fashion Contact Lenses (16)
Going Batty for Vampires (17)
Acessing Extra Accessories (19)
The Wherefore of Werewolves (20)
Witches, Both Wicked and Wonderful (22)
How to Make a Wart from Scratch (23)
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 (24)

2. Play with Your Words
Wearable Cylinders (26)
Bruises, Scrapes, Cuts, and Scars (28)
Age in an Instant (34)
Anti-Costume Antics (46)

3. Come-Hither Costumes
Batting an Eye: False Eyelashes (49)
Halloween Home Decor (56)
Always a Bridesmaid? (68)

4. History in the Making
Hey, Baldie! (75)
The Haunting of the White House (77)
Big Wigs (79)
Ghosts Galore (83)
The Decade-Inspired Theme Party (84)

5. Movie and TV Characters
Flavor Savers (a.k.a. Mustaches) (88)
The Legend of Jack-o'-Lantern (92)
How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds (93)
Pumpkin Carving 101 (94)
Hold Your Hair High (98)
Get Blown Away (109)
TV Casts to Replicate (115)
Movie Casts to Replicate (118)
Getting Catty: How to Make Yourself Up as a Feline (119)
A Commercial Break (120)
Top 10 Classic Camp Movies (122)
Top 10 Truly Terrifying Movies (124)

6. Celeb Sightings
Props Worth Buying (139)
Top 10 Halloween Tunes (140)

7. Literature and Arts
Top 10 Halloween Books (156)

8. The Sporting Life

9. Crowd Participation
Sandwich Board Step-by-Step (174)
Animalistic Tendencies (176)

10. Around the World
Road Trip: Salem, Massachusetts
Road Trip: Keene, New Hampshire
Goblins, Goblins, Goblins (181)
Road Trip: New Orleans, Louisiana (183)
Raod Trip: New York City! (183)
Halloween Around the World (186)
Road Trip: San Francisco, California (188)

11. For the Group
Glitter: A Cautionary Tale (194)
Party Planning

    The Drinks Menu
    The Buffet Table
    Rallying Your Troops (199)
12. A Moveable Feast
Halloween Recipes

13. Odds and Ends
"Tooth" some options (226)
Grosser than Gross (235)
The Criminal Element (236)
Recycling Effort (238)

14. Nursery Rhymes, Fairy Tales, and Costumes for the Young at Heart
Princess Variations (246)
Party Games for the Wee Ones (251)
Baby, It's You (252)
What to Wear When You're Expecting (255)
Top 10 Family-Friendly Flicks (256)

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