Grab your significant other, family member or friend, and dress up as a duo for Halloween. Pairs come in many varieties: couples; friends; colleagues, such as Batman and Robin; siblings, even persons and non-human friends, such as Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. As you consider your creative options, remember that characters can be real or fictional, scientific or artistic, funny or serious, human, anthropomorphic or inanimate.
Double your Halloween pleasure this year with a costume concept for two. Some favorites include: Fred and Wilma Slaghoople Flintstone, The Incredibles, Mickey and Minnie, Popeye and Olive Oyl. Or, you might enjoy other options, such as Jack and Jill, Rhett and Scarlet, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Cheech and Chong, or Marcia and Greg Brady. You may wish to find something a little more unusual: a French baker and a pastry, salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, black and white, a koala and a tree.
A sailor and mermaid are a classic nautical pair that you can create with a classic white sailor uniform and sailor hat from the attic and a stretchy formal gown. Open the seam on the gown from the hips to the hem, and attach fabric tail fins at the hem. Add a mermaid crown crafted by hot gluing and wiring shells to a headband, and glue or stitch additional shells along the top of the bodice.
Let your inner artist shine with a gallery-worthy creation that pays homage to artistic genius. Start with the art world's heavy hitters: Leonardo and Mona Lisa, the lovers in Gustav Klimt's The Kiss, Grant Wood's American Gothic, Monet and a water lily, or Andy Warhol and Marilyn.
Or, explore cinematic and literary options such as Gomez and Morticia Addams, Herman and Lily Munster, Ron and Hermione, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Darla and Alfalfa, Tom Sawyer and Becky, Davy Jones and Calypso, or Maverick and Charlie. And don't forget Dagwood and Blondie Boopadoop Bumstead, Elvis and Priscilla, Barbie and Ken, Superman and Lois Lane, Men in Black agents J and K, Leia and Han, or Gidget and Moondoggie.
Make an easy Willy Wonka costume from a burgundy overcoat, black slacks, vest and top hat, and large round sunglasses. A Wonka chocolate bar companion costume can be crafted by painting two large pieces of cardboard with poster paint or acrylics. Add cut-out felt Wonka bar logos and attach the wrapper halves with two wide fabric shoulder straps. Dress the wearer in brown; slip on the wrapper; and tuck in a few sheets of gold Mylar around the shoulders, taped in place to the inside of the wrapper.
For the studious, dress as Pierre and Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and an atom, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. It's fun to imitate royals, real or fictitious: Napoleon and Josephine, King Arthur and Guinevere, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming, or William and Kate. A few more historical couples include: George and Martha Washington, Pocahontas and John Rolfe, William Shakespeare and Ann Hathaway, Ike and Mamie Eisenhower, and the sailor and the nurse from V-J Day.
An Albert Einstein clone can dress in a white lab coat, a wild wig or hair sprayed with gel or mousse, sprinkled with cornstarch when dry. Add a fake mustache and imitate a German accent. Create an atom by wiring four dollar-store hula-hoops together. Place a few foam balls cut halfway through in various spots on the hula-hoops and hot glue them in place. Add a few tiny flashing lights from a craft store with hot glue.
To be inclusive, a list of creative Halloween costumes needs a few real groaners, like puns and cliches. What do a hula dancer and a boxer equal: A Hawaiian punch. Or dress to the nines and add animal masks to become party animals. Put on your favorite basketball jerseys and high-tops and string donut necklaces to become Dunkin' Donuts. Dinosaurs with attitude and chains can be velociraptors.