When it comes to Halloween, costume contests or costume balls, two can play at that game – and double up on the fun! As kids, October 31 was always special because we got to put on fun clothes, go knock on neighbors’ doors and get free CANDY!
But as we grew, the candy became less and less important, and the costumes became more fun and more elaborate.
I remember being in the third grade and entering a costume contest at school. My best friend Randy and I decided to go as the Incredible Two-Headed Monster.
We “borrowed “one of his dad’s shirts and pair of pants and each of us became one half of the costume, with both our heads sticking out of the shirt, to create a Halloween Couples Costume without even realizing it. We just thought it was a really cool idea!
First prize was a pair of roller skates. We were one of the best costumes and a judge said if we could roller skate, we would win.
We each put on one skate – we each used one leg and bent the other at the knee back behind us as the Two-Headed Monster – and actually made it about 10 feet.
(Of course today, no school official would EVER ask students to do anything so stupidly idiotic on the chance of a fall and major lawsuit, but back then you were still allowed to have fun and knew enough to realize that if you got hurt, it was probably your own dang fault).
So we won, which led to a little problem: two kids … one pair of skates. So the judges decided to throw in another prize, obviously meant for a little girl – a plastic PINK NOTEBOOK that opened up at the front top revealing a pad of paper.
In the end, Randy ended up getting the skates – and went on to become a golf pro.
I, on the other hand, got the PINK NOTEBOOK, back in a prehistoric time when third-grade boys wouldn’t be caught dead with a PINK ANYTHING – and ended up as a professional journalist and writer.
In all fairness, I don’t think the prizes were really any big turning point in our future career choices. Randy’s dad had been a golf pro at an exclusive South Florida golf course and I always liked to write even before I got the PINK NOTEBOOK.
Anyway, to make a long story short (TOO LATE!) … OK, the moral of the story is that we had far, Far, FAR more fun dressing up as a team than we could have possibly had as individuals.
We just took dressing up in a common theme one step further and actually went in the same costume!
But you and your spouse, lover, best friend, cell mate or whatever relationship you have can multiply your fun with a Halloween Couples Costume.
When you walk into the party or ball, everyone will do a double take when they see the two of you in your matching theme couples outfits!
Best of all, there are so many different directions you can take with a Halloween Couples Costume, from literally sharing a costume as Randy and I did to a loosely connected theme that makes double the sense when you are standing together.
For instance, plenty of gals love to dress up in a Wild West Saloon Dancer’s fancy long dress with ruffled underlining that can be “flashed” in a “risqué” way that really isn’t no risqué … and plenty of guys like to go as an Old West Sheriff with badge and toy six-shooter, the whole nine yards.
But when you walk in together as Marshall Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty, the theme is driven home – and you stand a great chance of winning a prize or simply being the talk of the ball!
Plus, you can extend a Halloween Couples Costume to the entire family with a group theme and get your entire brood in on the fun.
Here are some ideas, and remember that the headlines and photos will take you to places where you can double your fun!
HALLOWEEN COUPLES COSTUMES: FOUR DIFFERENT PAGES OF COSTUME IDEAS