David Bowie Costume

Today’s costume is not so casual, but one I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

My first year doing casual costume, I planned to do the classic David Bowie with the lightning makeup, but I didn’t get to it. And I didn’t get to it last year either. Then unfortunately he died this year. After that, everyone was doing that makeup.

Instead, I decided to choose another David Bowie look. For this costume, I took the outfit from one, but did a different makeup that stood out a little better in photos.

And as an extra Halloween twist, I used skeleton hands!

The rest of the outfit just involved me doing a lot of cutting and also a lot of exercise in the weeks leading up to taking this picture.  Ok, not really a lot of exercise, I’m pretty lazy, so it was more like an hour lying in front of the TV each night, occasionally doing some push-ups and crunches.  BUT, I did cut out bagels for a while and some bad for you foods, so there was SOME effort on my part.



Casual Costume 10/11 & 10/12 Ace Ventura and Madam Mim

Here are my casual costume from Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday was Ace Ventura.  I found the shorts and shirt at a thrift store and I was able to use the shorts for my costume of The Dude also.


Wednesday (today) is Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone.  I don’t know about you but she terrified me as a child.


And yes, I realize I’m not wearing purple shoes, but I didn’t have any.  And then I was going to just photoshop these ones purple, but I was too lazy.  There, I said it.

Stranger Things Casual Costume

Like the rest of the world, I watched Stranger Things this summer and LOVED it.   How could I NOT do a Stranger Things character?  I  immediately started looking for an Eleven dress, but big surprise, it’s hard to find in my size.  I won’t stop looking though, maybe I can do it another year.  I’m sure this year it will be a very popular costume.

However, I did find one for my daughter!


For my costume, I did Joyce.  I really wish my face did expressions, but it doesn’t, so this is what I got.


Casual Costume October 2016! #1 – 10/3/2016

It’s time at last for Casual Costume October!  For those of you new to the concept: I dress up in a casual costume every day of October.  What makes it casual instead of just a costume?  I try to only use actual clothing, nothing from costume stores, and no wigs.  I want people to see me to think…”Does she know she’s dressed like Pee Wee Herman today?  Was that a coincidence or did she mean to do it?”  Although, most people I encounter during the day know about my costumes by now.

And to answer a few common questions: yes, I do usually wear the costume out during the day, but not always.  Sometimes they are not weather appropriate and sometimes they are not costumes at all (like Carrie in the bath and a couple more I have planned this year).

Now you’re thinking, “Did she say Pee Wee Herman?”  Yes, that’s that’s first character!



Gearing up for Casual Costume October

My favorite time of year is approaching quickly, Casual Costume October!  I’ve been collecting pieces for my costumes all summer, and I always have pieces from previous years that I never got to.  So far, I have 21 complete costumes!  They aren’t quite ready to go yet, I still have to alter a bunch of them.  And I’ve always got a list of characters I’m looking out for costumes of.

Here’s some of what I have so far.  As you can see, there’s a lot of color!


This year I plan on revisiting the town of Twin Peaks and the world of Tim Burton.  I have another Addams Family movie character, and another from Ghostbusters.  Of course, I’ll have some 90’s Nicktoons too.  As well as some childhood favorites, and some scary characters as well (it’s Halloween after all and I’ve always identified with the villains).

Judging by the pile, do you have any guesses?


P.S.  I’m also posting sneak peeks on my Snapchat this year, @sweetchloroform.


P.P.S. Yes, I was using talk to text for the one in the upper right and it wrote peak instead of peek, and I didn’t correct it at the time and it’s killing me now and I can’t change it.