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Top 10: U-News Staff Costumes


Kristen McMillen as the Rubik’s cube and brother, UMKC student Corey McMillen, as a domino.
Kristen McMillen as the Rubik’s cube and brother, UMKC student Corey McMillen, as a domino.

Kristen McMillen, Staff Writer – My homemade costume was a Rubik’s cube. My dad made it for me, and I wore it when I was about 5 or 6 years old. It was made out of a square box he painted black. He cut squares out of colored construction paper and glued them to the box to make a Rubik’s cube and cut holes for my head and arms. He then cut out the bottom of the box so I could walk in it. My brother went as a domino (another one of my dad’s hand-made and recycled costumes from the previous year). We were the cutest game pieces on the block.

Patty Barra, Staff Writer – You can be a piece of bacon, and someone else can be an egg. You just get foam material from a crafts store spray-painted brown, fold it in half and cut a head hole on the top and then you are bacon. Then for the egg, you get white cardboard and cut it with the shape of an egg. Then put your head out and you are bacon and egg.

Kristen McMillen as the Rubik’s cube and brother, UMKC student Corey McMillen, as a domino.
Kristen McMillen as the Rubik’s cube and brother, UMKC student Corey McMillen, as a domino.

Ethan Parker, Online Editor – Doctor Doom – It was made using regular fabric, gauntlets purchased from ThinkGeek and the Doctor Doom replica mask available from Marvel Comics. The gloves used in the gauntlets were an old pair of winter gloves that had the lining removed and were spray painted with a metal all-surface coat. The belt is fabric and the buckle is made out of foam.

Mark Linville, News Editor – Creepy guy – If you’re a procrastinator like me and you have no clue what the heck to wear on Halloween, just find the weirdest stuff in your closet and put it together. Here I chose a London Fog trench coat that I purchased at a thrift store for $4. I wore black Old Navy jeans that cost around $20, shoes I purchased about three years ago for around $60. The top hat is leftover from years of Halloweens my dad had laying around. Finally, my creativity went into the face paint. I used white and black Acrylic paint and made a skeletal face. One cool thing about last minute costumes: add more mystery. I, for one, did not know what I was. At the party I went to, people were trying to guess what I was. Some didn’t even recognize me.

Kevin Bryce, Sports/Photo Editor – Dress in all pink, tape a shoe to your head, so you can be the gum stuck to the bottom of a shoe!

Mark Linville as “creepy guy”
Mark Linville as “creepy guy”

Jill Schleiden, Copy Editor – Chicken Cordon Bleu – Paint yourself blue, then dress in blue jeans and a blue shirt. Get a length of string or rope and tie one end around a rubber chicken. Drape it around your neck. And ‘lo: chicken cord on blue.

Nikki Bomgardner, A &E Editor – Salt and Pepper shakers – When my oldest daughter was three, I dressed her up as a pepper shaker. Her little girlfriend was the salt shaker. We bought white and black sweatshirts and sweatpants from Wal-Mart, super cheap. We bought a piece of white and black felt and cut out an ‘S’ and a ‘P.’ We took one of their winter hats and covered it with some silver, shiny fabric, which was super cheap, too. We used that same felt from before and cut circles out for the tops of the shakers. It was nice and warm for them since it was a little chilly outside, and so stinkin’ cute. The girls don’t remember it, but we have pictures, so we always will!

Greta Moore, Staff Writer – Childhood costumes – A superman T-shirt and a reddish towel tucked in the top. A Spiderman ski mask with a red shirt a blue jogging pants. A batman T-shirt with man crossed out and girl written above it.

“A homicidal maniac, they look just like everyone else.” -Wednesday Addams. Lipstick on the nose and eye liner whiskers can be a cat. (My brother, and my childhood costume.)

Charlie Tidwell as un-dead Billy Mays with a friend dressed as Elton John
Charlie Tidwell as un-dead Billy Mays with a friend dressed as Elton John

Charlie Tidwell, Asst. Production Manager – Last year I went as un-dead Billy Mays.

All it took was some basic pale face makeup (with a badly drawn beard), a blue dress shirt, a homemade name tag, a Billy Mays endorsed product and pill bottles filled with Tic-Tacs.

Nicole English, Contributing Writer – Gypsy Costume – Suitable for male or females, the same accessories can be worn over pants, jeans, skirts or long dresses. This description will focus on female costuming, but can easily be adapted for males or gender-neutral costuming.

Start with a peasant blouse or shirt, a leotard, halter top or tank top, and wear over a peasant skirt, leggings, jeans or pantaloons. Footwear can be almost anything from barefoot, sandals, heels or boots.

Accessories can add a great deal of color to a gypsy costume. Brightly colored scarves or sashes can be tied around the waist, hips, neck, shoulders, head or hair. Costume jewelry can be piled around the neck or draped across the brow. Also, bangles and bracelets can be worn around the wrists. Add long earrings or ear-loops or attach them to the hair. Hair can be worn down and flowing, up in a bun, in a pony-tail, in braids or covered in fancy scarf. Brightly-colored yarn or ribbons can be braided together into the hair or worn as a headpiece.

Nicole English’s idea for a homemade gypsy costume
Nicole English’s idea for a homemade gypsy costume

For a finishing touch, add a shawl, rebozo or sari as a wrap or over-skirt. A coin belt or two would also add color, as well as jingle. Wear heavy makeup with dark lips and lots of black around the eyes. And remember to carry your cloth bag for your tambourine, Tarot cards, I-Ching or Rune stones, so that you can entertain, tell fortunes and be the hit of the party!

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