Four days remain until Halloween, and Bossy’s daughter still hasn’t figured out what she wants to be.
While Bossy is making suggestions like Ghost and Hobo, Bossy’s daughter is thinking along the lines of something way easier, like one of the characters from Candyland.
Bossy can sum up the most inspired Halloween costume from her own childhood in this way: White lab coat scripted with the unfortunate reference, Dr. Feelgood.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy and her daughter about one of your Halloween costumes, from your childhood or now?
And be sure to check back later today for the greatest costume ideas on the web. In fact, there will be a prize awarded to anyone who gives Bossy’s daughter an idea easy enough to accomplish in four days, and costing
If you missed last week’s challenge, click here to read what Bossy’s council would contemplate if they took to their beds.
Judy saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:46 am
Progressive commercial lady. Borrow apron. Tease Hair. Write Flo on Nametag.
BOSSY saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:47 am
Dollar store sunglasses sewn on black mock turtleneck: a Visionary!
BOSSY saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:48 am
Old lady: Thrift store dress stuffed with pillow. Ageism rules!
BOSSY saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:50 am
Pillow under t-shirt, freckles and hair braids: Babies having babies!
BOSSY saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:51 am
Pillow under shirt like pregnant, carried globe everywhere: Mother Earth.
dgm saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:52 am
Most women opt for sexxxy; I dress as Nacho Libre.
BlinkBlink saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:53 am
Geisha- mom’s idea. She didn’t get the ‘gentleman’s companion’ aspect…
BOSSY saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:54 am
Question for psychiatrist: BOSSY ALWAYS DRESSED LIKE SHE’S PREGNANT. WHY?
WebSavyMom saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:54 am
–>My custom ordered lab coat with the name “Dr. Debra G. String” didn’t arrive so I went to the Dollar Tree, bought a bag of Smarties and taped them to my pants.
Total cost: $1.05 (with tax in Va.)
Janice saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:55 am
My all time favorite is Housewife. I donned my nightie, long bathrobe, fuzzy houseslippers. Put pink foam curlers in my hair, a masque on my face and big, dangly shocking pink ball earrings. I carried my “I think I’m allergic to morning coffee cup” along with a rolled-up National Enquirer. I can’t believe I didn’t win scariest costume since the party was a group of divorced people!
Anywho, it was tres comfy and my skin was glowing and dewy when I washed off my masque.
BOSSY saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:59 am
Bossy is blocking out those years she wore dime-store plastic costume/mask.
Martha in Kansas saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:00 am
Peeling banana. Chick hatching from egg. I like to sew.
BossysMom saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:02 am
with great friends…”Last Supper”. perfect reinactment with every detail.
Kristi saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:06 am
Chicken-salad sandwich. Beak, lettuce, two pieces of bread on ears.
Annie W saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:07 am
Cardboard box of cereal-‘cereal killer!’ Box of crayons- foam!
wendy saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:07 am
Octomon- black wig, big lips, and 8 plastic baby dolls glued to you clothes! hahaha
bossy's friend martha saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:08 am
blue yarn wrapped all over body, tangled up in blue.
Jennifer saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:08 am
Over the weekend my family and I dressed as the Addams Family. Simplest outfit was my daughter as Wednesday. We had everything already although I did go and get a very very cheap black wig to braid (my daughter has lighter hair) and she completed the outfit by removing the head from an old doll to carry around =)
heidig saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:09 am
big box wrapped like a present, hole in top and on both sides, put bow on head.
Annie W saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:09 am
black turtleneck, black leggings-with tail, ears, whiskers-a cat!
NutellaonToast saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:10 am
Smart sarcastic and chronic pain makes me House ever year.
Annie W saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:11 am
Hubby donned the lab coat, his name? Dr. Ben Dover
T saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:13 am
Laura Ingalls, six years in a row. I was obsessed.
Kathryn A saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:14 am
Dressed like homeless man. Called him hobo. Made it okay.
Bean saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:16 am
One Night Stand! See pics on MomoFali’s FB page!
Kathryn A saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:16 am
But for Bossy’s Daughter, check Family Fun mag or website.
The Domestic Goddess saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:25 am
Skeleton every year. Black clothes, white stick-on felt. EASY.
Dawn saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:30 am
I think a very sparkly thrift store prom dress, a tiara and wand and she’s a princess. Adorable! Or she could go with the big hair and a sash be a beauty queen.
Rebekah saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:33 am
One year I was haunted house; my brother – haunted garage.
SnowWhite saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:41 am
Dead Prom Queen: Old bridemaid’s dress, tiara, white face w/black-eyes.
Bridget saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:41 am
Maaaaaary Poppins. That’s what Bossy’s daughter should be. Because that’s what I was going to be until I got distracted. I was going to be Mary and Billy was going to be Burt and we were going to sing and dance for everyone. Now we’re being Earl and Joy from “My Name is Earl” because that means Billy gets to wear what he wears every day and I get to be loud and obnoxious. So basically, we’re not dressing up this year.
bossy's friend amy saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:44 am
Peter Criss from Kiss – makeup and black – easy peasy
kidsmom saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:44 am
Lipstick clown face didn’t wash off. BAD mommy.
tuesday saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:50 am
Easy- one large foot or shoe=big foot.
Sarah saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:51 am
Black clothes, yellow tape, Micro machines – you are a highway
Mary saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:52 am
One of my favorite costumes was in 6th grade I went as an M&M. It was incredibly cheap; two colored poster boards were all I had to buy. Cut out two circles, used some string at the top to attach it over my shoulders, cut out an “M” the size of a sheet of paper, and pasted it on the front. As a bonus, it easily fit over my winter coat!
Leslie B saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:55 am
pig nose + butterfly wings = swine flu
(the following is not an idea for Bossy’s daughter but a costume I saw at a party last weekend)
“I love daddy” tshirt + 70s feathered hair wig = Mackenzie Phllips
thatgrrl saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:56 am
Athena in armor: duct tape armor, paper mache helmet. I love making papier mache masks: slap the stuff on your face, dry it some with a hair dryer, glue stuff to it.
Leslie B saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:58 am
In 6th grade I got a box from the grocery store and painted it to look like a box of Crest toothpaste and then cut out holes for the head and arms…hard to walk but cozy!
zidia saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:58 am
Figure something out that looks like Amelia Earhart(or Hillary Swank)
Joanna saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:08 am
Bag Of Jellybeans. White long-sleeve tee & tights, dry-cleaners bag over head, filled with tiny balloons, sealed at the bottom, use paper & markers to make a label & tape on the front.
Natalie saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:11 am
dress slip over longjohns + stapled pictures of freud = Freudian Slip
chiquita saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:13 am
I remember vividly the year I was a mummy. Long johns wrapped with gauze that kept coming unwrapped. I would not recommend that method.
Smoochiefrog saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:16 am
If you have any 80’s clothes available, she could go as a punk rocker. Spray a little hair color in there, and she’d look great!
Natalie (part two) saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:16 am
(also) overflowing washer …box paint door on top balloons down side
Traci saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:23 am
Go to the thrift store for an old dance costume.
Meredith saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:23 am
Bossy’s daughter could pin socks all over clothing: Static Cling.
Jenn @ Juggling LIfe saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:42 am
Very last minute. Present. Leotard, tights, wrapped box, bow. Cute.
Carrie saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:42 am
Octo Mom: jumpsuit, black wig, and 8 dollar store dolls
km saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:43 am
Grim reaper 7months pregnant. Son born premie. Eerie much?
cover her entirely in coupons and call her frugalista!!
zombie in pinstripes- Dead Yankees/Damned Yankees
Devil horns, yellow felt yolk on white. Devilled eggs.
Balloon boy. Very easy:) Too easy??
Round yellow and red discs for Connect4
Karen in DE saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:46 am
Pin underpants all over her shirt – voila – Chest of Drawers.
Owengirl79 saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:46 am
Take an old white sheet and make it into a sleeveless straight to the floor roll that she fits into…if it is cold she can wear a turtleneck underneath. Cut big letters out of felt spelling out CREST and glue or sew them on vertically down the sheet in front. Use a small pleated lampshade for the “hat” (loop ribbon from the frame and tie under chin)…top of the tube. Very cute and inexpensive or free depending on what you have or can borrow.
Tara saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:54 am
Cotton balls, paper sun, squirt bottle – partly cloudy chance of rain.
GF and I are going as this to a Halloween party this year, she is the sun and I am the clouds. We are both carrying squirt bottles 🙂 Hoping to win the most creative costume awards. We used foam core to make our clouds and sun but I am sure you could do it on the cheap with stuff around your house.
BT saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:55 am
toilet paper: cardboard “donut” across shoulders with sheet draped over.
Cass saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:56 am
Bald cap, hole in top, pull braid thru, colored sheet. (Hare krishna.)
mom2werogers saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:57 am
Walking garbage bag. Banana peel sewed on sock hat.
JustJuli saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:57 am
Bag of Jelly-Belly’s: Dry cleaners bag stuffed with baloons.
krazy kris saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:58 am
As a 12 yr old 6th grade girl with a disgraceful chili-bowl haircut and the figure of a stick insect, my mother decided I should dress as none other than the ultra-hip 1980’s character…Robin Hood (forehead slap!)
Ta-dah, humiliating in ways therapy has still yet to fix. I’m 38, you do the math.
krazy kris saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:59 am
sorry about the whole 10 word thing, didn’t work out well!
K saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:01 am
Garden gnome: red cone, beard, bulk under blue shirt, belt.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:03 am
Pink ears. Pink thermals. Whiskers. Fuzzy slippers. Tail.
1970 was so easy. Sister and I were look-alike Hippies.
White thermals. Football helmet and boots covered with cotton balls. (Q-tip!)
(Friend’s idea. His wife went as Toothpaste tube described by #52 above)
Lisa! saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:08 am
I always liked being a gypsy…my mom let me raid her jewerly, makeup, closet…lots of fun! I know that’s more than 10 words but it’s Tuesday.
vuboq saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:10 am
tornado. spiral cottonballs, plastic cows/houses attached with string. spin.
pend saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:18 am
10 yrsold political campaigner made my own sign, vote for Jimmy Ford
cheap daughter costume: black sweatsuit, glowsticks=stickgirl. look up on youtube, my kids were a hit last year.
Dharmamama saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:23 am
Black tights, long black turtleneck, black garbagebag wings, facepaint: bat!
Ambry saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:24 am
Voodoo doll. Torn clothes, chopsticks & styrofoam balls. So Excited.
Jenny saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:28 am
These are from Real Simple magazine, so I can’t take credit, but I just love the jellyfish idea 🙂
* A green clown wig + a schoolgirl outfit = Broccoli Spears
* A plastic laundry basket with holes cut out for legs + white balloons + a shower cap = Bathing Beauty
* A white dress + a pipe-cleaner halo + leaves in her hair and “dirt” on her face = Fallen Angel
* Black clothes + yellow electrical tape down his torso + toy cars + Velcro = Highway
* A pig nose + a blanket = Pig in a Blanket
* A blue T-shirt + cotton balls + tape + a water gun = Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Rain
* A polo shirt + khakis (or madras shorts) + a name tag = Jay Crew
* A clear umbrella (preferably dome- shaped) + party streamers or metallic ribbons = Jellyfish
TheWordWire saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:48 am
Favorite costume: Cavewoman. My date was a gorilla. We went as Evolution. (He didn’t have a chimp suit.)
Kris saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:49 am
Painted box silver. Added parts from old vcr. Coolest robot!
ashley saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:51 am
old sheet stapled to round cardboard over head and Coke colored on one side and Pepsi colored on the other = Cola Wars
So I was a kid of the 80’s, sue me 🙂 and I couldn’t do it in 10 words, too tired, but I can do a 10 word suggestion:
overheard at Halloween parade this weekend: H1N1 – black clothes, tape
Denise saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:56 am
Cardboard cut in semi-circle (to go around waist like a tutu). Cover in green felt (costs little). Hot glue poker chips and cards to surface and cut out diamonds, spades, hearts and clovers (construction paper?) and glue along front edge. Attach ribbons/string with staples/glue (for suspenders). Pair w/ white shirts and black pants and Bossy’s daughter is a blackjack dealer. (Saw a pic of this on a blog – so cute, inexpensive, and easy to make).
Check out the pics: (no, not my blog or a plug – just thought visuals would help).
Crap! forgot the 10-word thing. Sorry, couldn’t do it.
Denise saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:58 am
Cardboard box, paint like TV, dress comfy/warm inside box.
(got that idea from blackjack dealer blog too)
MariaV saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:59 am
Jelly beans: Clear bag, colorful handpainted design, small colorful balloons.
Jules saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Swine Flu – bathrobe, tshirt, pajama bottoms, slippers. Carry around a box of tissue and a thermometer. Get one of those pig snouts with the elastic and some pig ears (construction paper on a head band!) and you are all set with a cheap costume and topical!
Stacey Ball saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm
Best one: Box of popcorn. Picture somewhere on my blog!
Laura saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Fold Times into a dress. All the news that fits.
ally tart check saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm
white sheet dress, buns over ears; i rocked princess leia!
Tree saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:12 pm
water balloons blown up, stuff in dry cleaner bag while she is wearing it, tape bottom edge together to keep balloons in and still allow for walking = bag of jellybellys Cutest cheapest costume I ever made and my son bounced down a set of concrete stairs giggling with me in hot pursuit, not so giggly, but he was unharmed and wanted to do it again.
jess in boston saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:14 pm
one year i was a tea bag. i cut a hole in the bottom of a brown leaf/garbage bag, stuck my head through it, used string to attach a homemade “Tetley’s” label to myself, and wore brown leggings. Ta-da!
But i do think that the person who suggested Wednesday Addams is onto something . . ..
Kelly H saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm
Hobo for many years. This year: zombie legal secretary. SCARY!
Kate saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Red clown wig, clown nose. Fatigues. Headband. Toy machine gun. shiny red spray-painted combat boots: RAMBOZO
sarah saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm
devil with a blue dress, blue dress, blue dress on.
Dana saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm
My best costume: Boy George: think the culture club years.
David saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm
Wore mis-matched clothes from Dad, black construction paper hat – The Mad Hatter.
But I don’t think Bossy’s Husband’s closet is nearly as tragic as my dad’s so potential mismatched plaids and stripes are less likely.
V. saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm
Best and easiest costume ever — devil with a blue dress.
Miss Spoken saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Fitted Dress. Blonde French Twist. Blood. Lots of Black Birds.
Sherri saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Sent son out one year in regular clothes with a sign that said “Nudist on Strike”
Harbormom saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Clear plastic leaf bag
Small round balloons
That’s 10 words. Here’s whatcha do: Dress Bossy’s daughter in long-sleeved turtle-neck and leggings. Cut leg and arm holes in the clear plastic leaf bag. Blow up about a thousand of those little round water balloons. Have Bossy’s daughter step into the leaf bag and fill it with the balloons. Gather the top of the leaf bag around Bossy’s daughter’s neck (trim excess, to make a ‘ruffle’) and tape loosely (don’t want the child protective services involved). Cover with decorative ribbon. Whataya got? A giant bag of jelly beans!
Em saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm
My best costume so far: autograph book. Running around asking for autographs.
It was made from cardboard boxes & construction paper, said “Autograph Book” in sparkling flowing large script on the front, with a hole for my face on the front (the O in autograph) and on each page inside except the back. I had multiple pages with the pics of stars/signed by stars, except my face was their face. (And they can be anyone you want them to be…I did old Hollywood: Cleopatra signed Liz Taylor, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz signed Judy, etc., but you could do anyone.)
Cardboard boxes: free
Ribbon: Raided friend’s wrapping paper closet, so: Free
Huge, gigantic, oversized pen: $2.00
Poster board & glue: $3.00
Sparkly glue & markers: $5.00
Being able to run around saying: “OMG! OMG! I can’t BELIEVE it’s YOU!!!!!! Sign me, PLEASE!!!”: priceless
(If you’re willing to get in to being completely goofy with it, people get in the spirit with you & love it. They will think it’s the best thing ever. I even had people asking me if they could sign me. To which I say “YOU want to sign ME?! OMG!” It was so much fun!!)
TanyaK saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm
Be a nerd! Suspenders, glasses, highwaters, pocket protector, middle part.
Harbormom saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm
Drat! I left out the “and” between tape, ribbon. THAT makes 10 words!
Gette saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm
Always got stuck with cheap plastic crap from Ben Franklin.
(My kid did 82/85 a couple years ago. Tres cute!)
Tuli saysOctober 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Peg Bundy: spandex knee pants, 5″ heels, leopard-print top, stuffed bra, and big hair.
laurellee saysOctober 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm
needed pink hair. was punk rocker at least four times.
Cactus Petunia saysOctober 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm
Pippi Longstocking, a box of Brillo, Mr. Spock, Nun.
Catherine McP saysOctober 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm
I like the broom and feather duster, costumes from 1918
Cactus Petunia saysOctober 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm
Jane Russell (the other one): tight dress, heels, overstuffed bra.
Hilary (AKA KatrinkaJane) saysOctober 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm
My costume, in 10 words:
junior high chorus neck bow + pencil skirt + rolling suitcase = stewardess
My 6 month-old’s costume in 10 words:
coveralled Daddy + Moby wrap + half garbage can + green fur = Oscar
Hilary (AKA KatrinkaJane) saysOctober 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm
Past year’s costume in 10 words:
half-done hair + half-done makeup + black line dividing face = before-and-after model
(I ? hyphenated words!)
Valerie saysOctober 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm
Operation, the game. Flesh-colored scrubs, red paint, white felt “bones”
Deedle saysOctober 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Where’s Waldo? Glasses, red striped shirt and a felt hat.
cartoongoddess saysOctober 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Miles and miles of purple tulle. I was a fairy.
kelly saysOctober 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm
cloudy with a “chance” of showers:
cotton puffs all over blue sweat suit – carried water spray bottle- when asked spray em in the face
Lo saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm
80’s Boy George: oversized shirt, long braids, lotsa make up.
Hilary (AKA KatrinkaJane) saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm
Under-$1 Ideas I Came Up with As I Looked Around My Office:
1. Modern Fairy: jeans and flowy top (or even a t-shirt); cut connected wings (not two individual wings) from large craft foam sheet, decorate as desired, safety pin center fold of wings to shirt back; use old eyeliners/eyeshadows/lipsticks to draw fanciful designs on face. COST=cost of foam
2. “Hippy” is always popular with tweens: jeans and flowy top or t-shirt; sandals; flowers painted over eye or on cheek using old makeup; hair in braids with flowers tucked in or headband around forehead. COST=cost of flowers
3. “Baby” is also perennially popular with tweens: matching pajama top and bottom; braided pigtails; fake eyeliner freckles; slippers (or socks over shoes); pacifier; teddy bear or doll. COST=cost of pacifier
4. Tourist: pants and flowered shirt; lei (buy or make by stringing together fake flowers or flowers cut from craft foam or paper); camera (bonus! taking pics of friends); sunglasses; brochures or maps; suitcase/duffel (bonus! holds more candy). COST=cost of lei
5. Undead ____ (also recurring for teens): put on any outfit you have (bride, cheerleader, jeans & t-shirt, prom, etc.); powder face white; put black under/around eyes and on mouth; rub dirt on costume if desired. COST=face powder
6. Super ____: make-your-own-superhero with matching shorts/skirt and shirt; add tights and boots; add cape (make from old pillowcase or sheets or any fabric); personalize cape and chest with emblem cut from craft foam; cut mask from craft foam or fabric, tie on with more fabric or string. COST=foam
7. Giantess: wear whatever you like; carry around doll-sized people, animals, or other props; terrorize them periodically and speak in a slow, loud voice. COST=free
8. Mime: black pan and striped top; white face paint (or even just circles on cheeks and a couple of lines perpendicular through eyes); gloves (Magic Gloves are cheap); beret or even just a ponytail. COST=free (bonus! silence)
9. Western Cowgirl: jeans, boots, and plaid top; cowboy hat; braided pigtails; lasso or toy horse if desired. COST=hat
10. Beauty Queen: fancy dress, jewelry, and shoes; hair and makeup deliberately overdone; elbow-length gloves optional; tiara and sash (easy to make from wide ribbon or fabric). COST=tiara
11. Any animal under the sun (think unique, like rabbit or snake).
12. Pick one of her favorite products and play off of that (like Dr. Pepper, for my husband, could be scrubs covered in craft foam jalapenos).
13. Pick a character from one of her favorite books, movies, or TV shows, then dress her as that character. Add a few props or some creative face painting, and regular clothes become a costume!
Hope these help! Pick me, pick me, Bossy’s daughter! 😀
Meg at the Members Lounge saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm
BOSSY’s daughter – be the TV remote you drew for your Mom.
Kelly saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm
I went as a haiku
Words taped to my body parts
Kids made fun of me
Do I get extra credit for the description 5-7-5?
kimi saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm
last years costume + new fangs = vampire witch…grand total .80
Jenni D. saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm
blue frock + devil outfit = Devil With a Blue Dress On
Kathy saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm
White Trash – plastic trash bag with neck and armholes cut out. Paper taped to back with “White Trash” written on it. (Probably more of an adult costume, but you can’t get much easier than this!)
Kait saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Lil’ hobo. Whiskers of coffee grounds adhered with Vaseline. Itchy!
La Suzette saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Regular clothes, attach used drier sheets/random sox:
La Suzette saysOctober 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm
do I also warrant prize for using exactly ten words?
adria saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm
My friends and I were Peter Pan and his crew.
dobes saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm
I was the Empire State Building – successively smaller boxes. My friend – Statue of Liberty (green robe and greasepaint).
dobes saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm
I dressed my 3 sons as the 3 little pigs.
Betsey saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Blue dress, horns, tail – Devil with a Blue Dress On.
Rebecca saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm
Daughter is dressing as a Grecian Goddes, old white twin sheet -free, old gold jewelry/cuffs from my jewelry box-free, gold cording for belt $1/yard, gold sandals already in her closet…. DONE!
Kristie saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Old Woman: Thift store outfit, borrowed cane, thick glasses, wig.
Carpenter: Old jeans, dad’s flannel, tool belt, dirty face.
Nancy from Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm
Recycled swimsuit. Gold foil bracelets, headband and rope. Wonder Woman.
krg saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm
my favorite was granddaughter went as a movie theater floor.
(anything you may find on a movie theater floor glued to a black outfit)
Rachel saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm
Shirt and Paper numbers attached=Someone you can count on.
Thriftstore prom dress, tiarra, sash that reads… Miss Understood!
Or if she happens to be nursing the dairy fairy!
rockle saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm
“Ghetto-Ass Dollar Store Christmas Tree.” Amazing self-destructing costume!
TJ saysOctober 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm
Laundry basket. It involved suspenders, laundry basket and some laundry.
Tracy saysOctober 27, 2009 at 5:32 pm
Grim Rapper: Scythe. Black cape. Backwards baseball cap. Gold chains.
klcrab saysOctober 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm
polkadotted KKK aliens
big sister, little brother
Dharmamama saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm
(I’ve tried this 3 times!)
black tights, long black turtleneck, yellow labeltape strips, hotwheels: strtwlkr!
(guessing it’s the phrase, why the system won’t take it?)
Dharmamama saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm
Dharmamama saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm
Now it’s working. Sorry. Disregard the above – just a test!
Jill saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm
Strawberry Shortcake. Green Duct Tape for stripes on tights. Classic.
Heather T saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm
Four Barbie heads around her neck, a five-year-old head hunter.
donna saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm
white turtleneck, black skirt & cardigan, black half-slip ‘habit’, readers, nun!
Tonya saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:45 pm
Outhouse = big box, door opening, sign, toliet paper trailing out
Tonya saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:47 pm
I have never been able to spell toilet. Hubby laughes.
Tonya saysOctober 27, 2009 at 6:48 pm
Nor laughs. Sigh.
Tracey saysOctober 27, 2009 at 7:06 pm
Empire State Building: 3 boxes, silver paint, king kong toy.
KathyB saysOctober 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm
Playing card. Poster boards hang over shoulders Fits over clothes.
MP saysOctober 27, 2009 at 7:22 pm
Dad’s coveralls, work hat, work boots, flannel shirt, dirt on my face – HOBO
Lovelyn saysOctober 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm
Paper sari, my mother told everyone I was Indira Ghandi.
Northfordy Sue saysOctober 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm
Wednesday from Adams Family, she was goth before goth was goth!
Have the T-shirt saysOctober 27, 2009 at 7:39 pm
Nerd – Complete with slicked back hair, pocket protector, taped glasses
Isle Dance saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:25 pm
“I Dream of Jeannie!” Handmade satin vest and puffy pants!
Nancy saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:28 pm
Lighted Christmas tree. Had to stand near electrical outlet though.
Sillypants saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm
doctors coat/stethoscope . smear chocolate pudding on/around coat. Write “Proctologist” on the coat pocket.
Linda saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm
Graduation gown..fake big butt…Smart Ass! Ha, Ha, Ha!
I wish you would have done this post before I got my costume. Some really good ideas on here!
Alex saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm
wear laundry basket as overalls, ties for suspenders: dirty laundry!
(i used this when i was about bossy’s daugher’s age. my mom & i just cut a hole out of the bottom of a plastic laundry basket, used my dad’s old ties to hold it up, and then sprinkled some of my own clothes in the basket for effect. perfect.)
kim saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm
Mrs Potato Head; all felt with extra pieces/body parts to velcro for everyone to move around and place as they wish
Cathi saysOctober 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm
I just read comment l46 and had to laugh as mine was getting a friend and a clothesline, hanging the ‘dirty laundry between
us. It was great.
Another year I went as lifesavers, which was so simple because I had a lifesaver dress that I cut up (I still miss
Way over l0 words. ooops
Bean saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm
OH! I’m sorry!! I did not mean for One Night Stand to be idea for Bossy’s Daughter!! Just posting fun idea (for ADULTS!).
Milk Gone Bad is a good one, though!
(Sorry over 10! Does it count when for apology? 🙂 )
DemMom saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm
#83! I was Boy George in 80s too! 10 words starting now:
Long hair braided, white coat w/piano keys, black hat.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:18 pm
I’m going as the Exwife of Frankenstein, unfortunately with experience.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm
Bossy’s daughter could be a cowgirl. Boots, denim, bandana, rope.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm
How about a princess who wears a tutu and leotards?
B saysOctober 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm
black clothes, 2 pieces poster board, sharpie: ace of spades (some drawing required but who can’t draw two A’s and a spade?)
amyinbc saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm
Daughter just left for a party wearing a wrapped box on her torso, put her hair in a pony tail and decorated with curly ribbon. Cost? Nothing! We had everything at home and she looked great 🙂
Deb saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm
got any old prom or formal dresses hanging around or from the goodwill? Add a cheap plastic crown and paint your face white/black/bloody- voila’ dead prom queen….that was a winner at our house last year. What about an old brownie or girl scout uniform- again add the zombie theme…acutally add the zombie to any character…
What about brother’s old band uniform stuff or sports equipment…Good luck!!
Catherine McP saysOctober 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm
I originally put a link to a 1918 costumes from a play..but my 10 word, what I was in the past that someone else also said and it itched reading it:
A hobo with dads clothes, coffee grounds vaseline beard YOW!
Cupcake Murphy saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:06 pm
Stuffed pumpkin suit + 8 yr old stick legs = Unsettling Masterpiece
Bobbi saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:06 pm
Dear Bossy’s daughter my mama made me dress as a clown for years. Though I should probably note I lived where it was COLD on halloween and we could be thin or plump clowns depending on just how much winter gear we had to wear in order to trick or treat. LOL
Bonnie saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:12 pm
Tammy Wynette – prom dress, cowboy hat, blond wig, microphone, bottle of bourbon.
Bonnie saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm
Marlee Matlin in” What the Bleep”. Blue eye pencil body art. Cheap!
Bonnie saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:17 pm
Loretta Lynn – same as Tammy but with poofy dark hair!
maria from nj saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:23 pm
Got elsewhere: pin sponges to outfit – Self absorbed
Alison saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:49 pm
Easy enough, and super fun too! Please to allow me to live vicariously…
Alison saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:51 pm
Idiot forgot rule. RAINBOW BRITE – fun, easy! Alison happy too!
Kerri Anne saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm
White paint + touch of fake blood = dead [enter noun here].
Julian saysOctober 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm
What do you mean, it’s not that kind of party?
Bush Babe saysOctober 28, 2009 at 12:31 am
Um… no celebrated Halloween Down Under. Ripped Off. So bad.
(second effort, pretending that I am American:)
Raggedy Ann – fake yellow wool plaits, painted freckles, gingham dress.
queenoqueens saysOctober 28, 2009 at 12:47 am
Ventian blind sunglasses, microphone and trophy make you Kanye West. Interruptions optional.
Lis saysOctober 28, 2009 at 1:39 am
brown turtleneck, tights, black garbage bag, sunglasses, walking stick – a blind date. Get it?
country mouse saysOctober 28, 2009 at 1:41 am
Old black sweatshirt, black pants, white socks, white button up shirt, lots of rickrac n’ crap: the best free toreador costume EVER!
Not 10 words, but free costume ; )
Mo saysOctober 28, 2009 at 2:38 am
Hospital gown, knife in head, fake blood: Zombie! 8 words!
Blairie Lou Hoo saysOctober 28, 2009 at 3:08 am
Stopwatch (made up super hero).
km saysOctober 28, 2009 at 8:41 am
Dear Bossy. Today is Wednesday, Day 1 of the World Series. As a diehard Yankee fan I just wanted you to know I will be your blog friend no matter what.
Will be guzzling wine this evening as CC takes on your dudes.
Well Read Hostess saysOctober 28, 2009 at 9:31 am
First, a little business, dear KM: You’re going down and so are your pretty boy Yankees.
stop light (cardboard sandwich board, three colors of cellophane, flashlight)
Static cling – socks stuck to you
Zombie – a classic, the grosser the better
Hershey bar. Brown clothes or brown felt stictched together, white paint.
swarthmore college student – thesaurus, unbrushed hair, co-op card.
Michelle saysOctober 28, 2009 at 9:33 am
Birthday present. Box wrapped gorgeously, hair adorned with ribbons, Tights.
BossysMom saysOctober 28, 2009 at 9:40 am
All great but Vuboq wins.
Suzanne saysOctober 28, 2009 at 10:04 am
Little Dead Riding Hood, gray face, red cape, bloody mouth.
Dawn in Austin saysOctober 28, 2009 at 10:17 am
This past weekend, I was not a happy camper. Winner!
renee in seattle saysOctober 28, 2009 at 11:55 am
Borrowed baby sling + 8 tiny dolls = Octomom
Regina verow saysOctober 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Unopened rolls of Smarties duct taped to legs = smarty pants.
Unopened rolls of Smarties duct taped to butt = smart ass.
Reeb saysOctober 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm
Too big to trick-or-treat so took sis. Beatnik: “hip cat”!
(Now THERE’s an out-of-date concept!)
Reeb saysOctober 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm
88/harbor mom: I was envisioning hundreds of little balloons filled with WATER next to Bossy-Daughter’s bod, inside that jelly bean bag. Was filled with consternation and fascination, til I read it correctly.r
Square Peg saysOctober 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm
Leftist stickers on shirt, construction paper fire headband = flaming liberal.
21st Century Housewife saysOctober 28, 2009 at 2:11 pm
My son went one year as a stick figure: we got glow sticks from Party City (half price because we baught them on 31 October), and used double-sided tape to attach them to black clothing. The sticks are bendy, so one was taped into a circle and clipped to his hair with a snappy barrette.
Easy, cheap, and he looked s-o-o-o cool when he walked toward you in the dark!
Ami saysOctober 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm
pink pajamas, ked tied to head: bubblegum stuck on shoe
Nimble saysOctober 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm
Tube of toothpaste, Long cardboard rectangles on front and back, painted to look like Crest (me) and Aim (little brother). Mom made us hats too but I think a white toque would do it.
Jennifer saysOctober 28, 2009 at 6:25 pm
Wear all white, put a metal colander on head, use letters to spell -salt (instant salt shaker)
Get best friend to dress in all black, put metal colander on their head,use white letters to spell -pepper
there you go salt and pepper shakers!
Robin Gaphni saysOctober 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm
Twister Girl: Twister mat worn like a toga; Spinner hat
Angie saysOctober 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm
Sharpie or paint music notes on white sheet=Sheet music.
Jennifer saysOctober 29, 2009 at 1:42 am
matched oversized smile
Hula Hank saysOctober 29, 2009 at 4:04 am
Vegan Boy. The World’s First and Only Vegetarian Superhero.
(I was 16, worked at Burger King, and we were allowed to dress in costumes on Halloween. Green hair, silver skin, shirt, pants and shoes complimented with a pink lame cape)
Oh wait! That wasn’t Vegan Boy. that was a different superhero outfit. Vegan Boy wore silver pants, silver platform shoes, an orange cape and a tight fitting lavendar t-shirt from Wendy’s that said “Where’s the Beef?”
Lydia saysOctober 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm
Dont be a lame princess, arm chairs are way cooler.
Lydia saysOctober 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Ack Picture fail.
cyndi saysOctober 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm
I was Mortia Addams back in the 60s – rubber bands around the bottom of my mom’s long black nightie created ‘tentacles’; black wig. My brother was a cuckoo clock – cut door into middle of large painted cardboard box. A few years later he went as a Canadian…
Alissa saysOctober 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm
Platypus: Furry brown coat, baseball cap bill, stryofoam egg.
Beth saysOctober 31, 2009 at 8:40 am
Black square of construction paper taped to back = refrigerator magnet.
melissa saysOctober 31, 2009 at 11:47 pm
cheap parents. plastic wonder woman costume on sale. need therapy.
chris saysNovember 1, 2009 at 9:48 am
desperate parents of toddler~red sweatsuit, masking tape,candy cane!
chris saysNovember 1, 2009 at 9:50 am
one good friend, white boxes, black dots~pair of dice
chris saysNovember 1, 2009 at 9:51 am
son of CPA , big box, big markers~calculator
Bonnie saysNovember 1, 2009 at 10:23 am
Little Edie – panty hose, turtleneck, wrap skirt, head scarve, brooch.
– did this last night – worked great! Except I had to keep explaining it to people who haven’t seen Grey Gardens..