Calling all music geeks for a Halloween question!
If you were going to create a Halloween costume that was based on specific lyrics or a character from a song, what song comes to mind? I’m looking for descriptive lyrics from indie, rock, or pop songs (musical theater seems too… obvious?) that verbally illustrate a character’s appearance or mannerisms.
One example would be “Devil With a Blue Dress On” which has lots of descriptive details in the verses and the chorus.
Any other suggestions for costumes based on songs? -Dana
Here’s what the Homies came up with…
Short skirt and a long jacket by Cake. I did this once and I made a machete out of cardboard and put red tape on it. You can paint your nails steel gray (fingernails that shine like justice), etc etc. It’s a fun one!
Purple Rain by Prince! I had a friend in college do this. She wore a purple dress and made a raincloud fascinator out of a plastic headband, a circle of cardboard covered with cotton balls, and paper cut-out raindrops tied to the fascinator with fishing line. It was easy and fun!
Itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot bikini, too obvious?
Come on Eileen by Dixis Midnight Runners…overalls (a la the video clip) with white paint…
My boyfriend and I went as the Mona Lisa and the Mad Hatter last year, in reference to Elton John’s song “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.” It was great fun to see who got it!
Little Old Lady from Pasadena by the Beach Boys – dress as an old lady and wear driving gloves, and driving goggles. To make it more identifiable, find a Pasadena postcard or map of California.
Purple People Eater – It was a “one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater” that wanted to join a rock & roll band, so wear your guitar from guitar hero/rock band.
“Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash? Somehow make flames out of stuff from the craft store, and attach those to a hula hoop. Heck, go as the man in black, holding the ring of fire…
Get a bunch of the “hello, my name is” nametags, and write on them the following words: Hell, Stacy, Her, Jane, Quiet, Mary, Jo, Lisa. Then cross out the words, and wear them all over your torso. You’re the Ting Ting’s song, “That’s not my name”!
Okay, dress as a snake and carry around what looks like a heart in a block of ice = Cold-Hearted Snake by Paula Abdul
Fashion some sort of frame that looks like a mirror (maybe out of cardboard), but with your face sticking through = Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
Dress as a queen and carry a bloody knife = Killer Queen by Queen
Dress as a baby but with a very large butt = Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot
Dress as Lucille Ball, attach cotton clouds and fake diamond costume jewelery to yourself = Lucy in the Sky with Diamond by The Beatles (I am totally doing this!)
Make a paper mache submarine costume, paint it yellow = Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
What can you come up with?