Need ideas! Halloween costume for elderly mother

United States
October 3, 2008 4:04pm CST
I have racked my brain and can't come up with anything! My elderly mother is in an assissted living facility. They are going to have a halloween party and have encouraged the residents to dress in costumes. Mom has asked me to bring her something. HELP!!! Does anyone have any cute ideas, especially cheap ideas? Thanks in advance!
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11 responses
• United States
5 Oct 08
This is what I did one year and it is easy to do. I was a rag lady. I took some old clothes and sewed rags all over the pants and shirt. I had long hair and tied rags in my hair. I also put on make up and smeared it. For rags I used strips of material that I had tore up like old sheets and old clothes and just ripped them instead of cutting them so they had frayed edges. I just took and put a few stitches with a thread and needle. If mom is in a wheel chair you can up the rags on the front of one shirt, or dress or get one of the cares bibs they use and sew rags on to it. Then put make up on moms face. You can make her a head band with rags on it for her hair if it is not long or bobby pin rags into her hair I hope that helps. Another year I tied shoes to my clothes and was the "Old woman who lived in the shoe" I look my shoes whith laces and a some old clothes and make wholes in the pants and used the laces to tie the shoes to me. Now I will tell you the shoes where kind of heavy but everyone at the party knew who I was.
• United States
7 Oct 08
You are so creative! Mom fell in love with a ready-made cow costume that she saw in Goodwill when we went there to get some things for a costume! Thanks for your ideas...tucking them away for next year!
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
3 Oct 08
What fun!! I hope she has a great time! Here's a few ideas off the top of my head.... Hula lady: have her wear brown pants, and a dark top. Tie a scarf over top of the shirt around the chest (bandana style) & pin in place, leave where you tied it in the front for an accent. A few leis, a few silk flowers in her hair. Take a sheet of green crepe paper and cut it into strips, leaving a 'waist band' at the top. It's easy enough to pin that to the top of her slacks so she can still whiz if she needs to lol. How about being a tourist? She can take pictures of everybody else. Wear an ugly shirt, plaid pants (or shorts) gaudy socks and tennis shoes (or sandals) , and of course an old camera around her neck. Additions might be some old tour pamphlets, or old tickets hanging out of her pocket. Frito Bandito...take an old sombrero type hat and hot glue some fritos to it here and there. Wear a folded serape (towel, or mex. looking material, over top of one shoulder bandalero style (if she has a larger belt, then tuck the front and the back of the serape in it. Carry a bag of fritos, or have a bag (vending machine sized) hanging off her belt like it was ammo. Gypsy lady...easy to throw together. Long skirt, shawl, scarf tied around her head. Then she can ask if the residents if they want to have their fortune told. (All fortunes she gives would be short and good...like if she knew somebody's favorite food was mac and cheese, then she could say she saw mac and cheese in their future. It doesnt have to make sense lol, but it can be easy to fit it to a person.) The Loan Arranger...a pretend holster with a calculator in it, a black eye mask, a clipboard, and dark colored business type attire. Most of this stuff she probably already has in her closet, and it's just the accessories that makes it different. The other stuff I've seen in the Dollar Store lately, so each one would probably be less than $5 bucks.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
Wow, you are so creative! As it turns out, when we went into Goodwill to get a few things to make a costume, there was a ready-made cow costume! Mom fell in love with it!
@seabeauty (1481)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Cat ears plus black makeup to make a nose and whiskers on her face. I like the queen costume as well like the other poster mentioned.
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@Sheepie (3121)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Well, what kind of woman is your mother? Is she a wild one? You could dress her in a a little bunny outfit with fishnets! I think if you look in any Halloween store you'll find at least something. She could be a baby, if you get her a few accessories for that. She could be a queen, or cat, or a clown.
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@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
4 Oct 08
She could be a teeny bopper! Do you have a poodle skirt and a sweater set? A scarf for her hair and she'd be set. A baby in pajamas with a dolly would be cheap and cute. As another nurse, please remember not to pick anything that will restrict her vision or her movement. Heaven forbid she tripped and couldn't catch herself safely!
@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Oh my gosh! She could be pregnant for Halloween! Get a big top and tie a pillow or balloon around her belly. You always wanted another little sibling, right?
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• United States
7 Oct 08
HeHe...cute ideas. I will hold on to them for next year...as mom found a cow costume in goodwill! We went to get items for a costume and there it was...ripe for the picking!
@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
4 Oct 08
Good to see you again, I think a pregnant nun would be a hoot hehehe, poor taste??? Well what about a baby make a big diaper a big candy soother to suck on and a bonnet. That's it for now my friend.
• United States
7 Oct 08
HaHaHa!! You are a hoot grandma! We went to Goodwill to get a few things to make a costume...and there on the rack was a cow costume. Mom loved it and it is now in her closet awaiting the party! Thanks for your ideas. Hope you are doing well!
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
29 Oct 08
A ghost, a grim reaper LOL, a clown. All are simple costumes that can be added to for as much or as little flair as you want. [b]~~IN SEARCH OF PEACE WITHIN~~ **AGAINST THE STORMS, I WILL STAND STRONG** [/b]
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
7 Oct 08
How about a tierra and a wand like a fiary god mother or fairy and some type of silk gown and maybe a wig with long flowing hair?
@whittby (3073)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Here are a few costumes I remember from when I worked at an assisted living - Flapper - Cute headband and necklace, fringed dress/skirt, cowgirl - super easy, tooth fairy - wings, wand, tooth/bag, tiara & evening gown, pirate - eye patch, bandana, sash around waist. I hope she has fun!!!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
4 Oct 08
How about a maid with the little black dress and whit apron, thenshe has to have the little bonet on her head. that would be cute. Oh don't forget the fether duster.
@shell94 (990)
• Canada
3 Oct 08
A hobo always is a relatively simple and easy costume to do. It can be alot of fun helping them get done up for halloween. I used to help the residents in the home I worked in do this every year and had a blast doing so. Had one done up as a witch with the green make up and big hat.....lol