6 funny (and punny) Halloween costume ideas

You don’t have to spend lots of money or wear a cumbersome costume to be the talk of the Halloween party this year. Using a bit of creativity, household items and a warped sense of humor, you can generate laughs with what you wear. 

Here are some ideas:

Sponge pun
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get a laugh is to tape sponges to your arms, legs and torso. When people ask you about your costume, tell them you’re self-absorbed.

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Movie title mayhem
If you can get hold of paint samples (from a local store or designer friend), fan them out into a large circle you can wear around your neck and go as “50 Shades of Grey.” Wear some fangs and add a bit of faux blood around your mouth, then tape some Ex-Lax, Kaoptectate and Pepto-Bismol labels, along with shards of toilet paper, to your outfit. Attend parties as “Vampire Diarrhea.” Create a t-shirt with the stars and stripes on it, then write a number of obnoxious comments on your top, such as “Her dress is so yesterday,” or “How did he get that promotion?” or “You just got lucky!” You’ll be the perfect “American Sniper.” Affix miniature toy toilets to a chessboard shirt and go as “Game of Thrones.”

Spooky snack
Use your creativity to evoke your favorite snack. Make a shirt that looks like a pizza with a variety of meat and veggie toppings, along with a number of grave markers. Or, tape shapes that make you look like a pizza to your shirt or blouse and add the grave markers. You’ll make a creepy tombstone pizza.

Rain-or-shine fun
Make a stovepipe hat or use a baseball or knit cap to start. Tape a variety of storm clouds, bright sun, lightning bolts, tornadoes or snowflakes to the hat or cap. If people ask about your costume, tell them you’re under the weather. Use part of a straightened coat hanger or other straight item about 12 inches long to suspend a mobile of weather art above you for added effect.

60s nostalgia
Use your printer to generate a picture of Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith or Mickey Dolenz. Put it on your shirt or blouse (not the front), and tell people you’ve got a Monkee on your back.

Maternity gags
If you’re pregnant (or just want to pretend to be), check out our list of ideas for costumes that will be sure to a get a laugh.

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