So the Annual Halloween Bash™ costume party is still a thing at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. For past few years, we shopped around looking for ready made adult couple Halloween costumes with limited success. My complaint is mostly because the comfort level wasn’t great. I’m can’t really complain since that is expected with a ready-to-wear Halloween costume, but this year would be different.
I’m not into the skimpy Halloween costumes (any more anyway), so comfort and fun is my goal. Hub™ doesn’t seem to care too much what I dress him in and is always up for it. He does throw out Halloween costume ideas throughout the year, but the realization and details fall to me mostly.
After browsing through a few online sites for costumes, and looking at what we had on hand, I came up with the idea to be chimney sweeps. In the U.K., where we were married in 1982, I was confused when someone handed me a little cut-out silhouette of a chimney sweep to add to my small bouquet of flowers. It turns out that chimney sweeps are considered to be very lucky if you see one on your wedding day. So chimney sweeps it is! Gussied up a bit of course.
Our Costume Details
So I got us each a black top hat at the local Value Village store – but most any cap would have done. I bought two very inexpensive white plastic toilet brushes and spray-painted them black – that was quite fun brandishing around at first- ended up forgetting them at the house though. We found 2 inexpensive long black jackets at another thrift store and wore them with black open shirts and black trousers. Also wore matching red neck silky scarfs tied around the neck. I fancied up my hat a bit with red flowers and tulle and added a bat or two to the hats. Also did the same to hubs hat. Added gloves with the tip of the fingers cut off and a black rose each as a boutonnière.
As a final touch, I used black hairspray to smudge us up. I started to put it in my hair, and I missed and I got my face. It actually looked good – so I left it! It was quick, easy and didn’t smear all night. So comfortable and tons of fun. I just set the bar high for comfort for all future Halloween costumes!
My brother and sister-in-law went with a Scottish theme and dressed in kilts and tartan.