October 31st is a fun night in American for people of all ages and that extends to African Americans. While ideas for Halloween costumes and parties can run the traditional route, there are a few ideas that resonate with African Americans because of their history and culture.
The First Folks
With the election of the first African American President, Barack Obama, and the popularity of his wife Michelle, the First Couple are a surefire Halloween costume idea. Of course imitating the Obamas at Halloween could be as easy as dressing in dashing duds, as both the Obamas appear on Best Dressed Lists. To do First Lady Michelle Obama, bare arms, a single strand of pearls, and flat shoes are mandatory.
Barack Obama created a stir when he stepped out of GQ character and showed up to throw the first pitch at the All-Stars baseball game wearing frumpy Mom blue jeans. To do an Obama, dig some jeans from the back of your closet, add a team letter jacket, and a baseball cap.
Michael Jackson will find a lot of imitators at Halloween. You need the sequin glove, white socks, black loafers, and dark sunglasses are mandatory if you want to do Michael the Performer. If Michael the Weird One is the look you're after, add white face makeup and red lipstick.
Michael Jackson gave the world the perennial Halloween music video and platinum album, Thriller. Any of the monster costumes from Thriller would make perfect Halloween costumes including Michael's straight leg black jeans and iconic red leather jacket. A Halloween Party based on the video would be great. Thriller would be played almost nonstop and everyone could line up to do the Thriller dance from time to time during the bewitching hours of Halloween night.
A Voodoo Party is a great theme for an African American Halloween party. The Voodoo Queen and Conjurer Man character costumes might be found packaged in a costume store but could be easy to assemble with items in your own closet. To do the Voodoo hierarchy, you'll need a gray hair wig, layers of loose fitting dark clothes, multiple bead and amulet necklaces, and a crooked stick symbolic of a divination rod.
If you just want to go as a voodoo devotee, you can dress as a Zombie (don't forget your Frankenstein walk) or you can simply wear a loose white outfit and be one of the crowd swaying to the rhythmic beat at a voodoo hoo-doo.
A Voodoo Halloween party could use all the customary Halloween accoutrements including cats, bats, and rats as well as coffins and gravestones in the yard. A fog machine, burning candles, incense, a cauldron of spiced punch with dry ice giving off smoky oxygen plumes all create a party of ghoulish fun for Halloween fiends. And don't forget voodoo dolls and the prerequisite stabbing pins for putting the whammy on all your guests.
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