Ultimately I did end up creating a costume for one of the Halloween parties I was invited to last year. I was not feeling up to putting in a lot of effort (and neither was Matt), so we ran to Walmart and snapped up components for 2 costumes for $20. We threw this costume together in under an hour and I think it was great for a few laughs.
We didn’t have many costume ideas when we entered Wal-Mart’s Halloween section. We allowed their selection to inspire our creativity and it was actually Matt who came up with the ideas for both of us.
He stumbled across a sombrero and stick-on mustache. Somehow that combination triggered “Mexican Ghost” and when he came across an Afro wig, he proclaimed excited, “Richard Simmons!” His mind works in mysterious, creative ways.
We walked out of Wal-Mart having only spent about ~$20, this is what we picked up:
- A white sheet set
- A sombrero
- Stick-on mustache
- A black Afro wig
- Orange spray hair coloring (To get the wig closer to Richard’s hair color)
Matt’s Mexican ghost costume was composed completely of Wal-Mart-purchased items, but I had to integrate some components from my last (terrible) Halloween party.
I had Matt put the sheet on his head and I drew eye holes and a mouth hole with a sharpie. Putting the marker so close to his face gave him a headache. I cut around the holes and slapped on that fake mustache. Simple as that.
My costume was a little messier. We took the wig outback and sprayed it with the orange spray. It only kinda-sorta worked, the wig was still very black. The spray got all over our hands and little flecks of orange would fall off the wig as it was worn. Using the orange hair dye on synthetic hair was probably a dumb idea.
Then we took the tennis shorts and sweat bands from the last Halloween costume and a tank top I had lying around. Voila, a lazy version of Richard Simmons.
How do we look?